What are terpenes?

If you are new to the world of CBD and cannabis then you might have just come across the word terpene and be wondering what are terpenes? In this breezy guide, we are going to tell you the highlights of what you need to know about them, including where to find them and what benefits various terpenoids can have.

Then, you can shop to your heart’s content buy terpenes and products that have them, or get caught in the rabbit hole of Terpenes.

what are terpenes
What are Terpenes?


You find these guys within plant matter. There are 1000’s of them in the plant population and a few hundred in the cannabis world. They are the essential oils which enhance feelings and have numerous benefits to health and conditions.

Terpenes exist as a defence mechanism and way to populate. They are cleverly designed to repel herbivores who may eat them and attract those which are likely to help pollination.

Why do they matter?

Terpenes give the flavour and aroma of certain cannabis strains. Not only that, but they also contribute to the effects and medical benefits. Therefore when the terpenes are used in conjunction with CBD oil it contributes to the entourage effect.

Where can you find these essential oils?

You will find terpenes within plants such as lavender, herbs, conifers, cannabis and more. You can also find terpenes within full spectrum CBD oil and e-liquid. Full spectrum means that you get the benefits of CBD alongside the terpenes (entourage effect).

Terpenes and THC remain within the oil due to the way it is extracted from the plant. However the THC is within legal limits and not enough to get you high.

You can also find these within your household items. That means cleaning products, soaps, shampoo and cosmetics often contain terpenes.

What are Terpenes said to do?

Here we will cover the 4 most commonly found CBD related terpenes and what their suggested properties are.

But just so you know it’s not all hogwash, there’s an in-depth scientific breakdown we use for research over at Wikipedia where they list some of the terpenoid effects they can have.

Linalool –  This terpene has a floral aroma. It is good for reducing stress, helping with anxiety, depression and promoting sleep. This is also found in lavender.

A-Pinene – You will find that this terpene has a scent of fresh pine. It is known to boost energy, improve memory and focus.

Limonene – Limonene has a citrus aroma and due to this it is found in many household products. It is known to improve mood, reduce anxiety and depression and help with nausea.

Myrcene – This terpene is often found in lemongrass and mangoes. It is good for antibiotic, sedative, pain-relieving and muscle-relaxing properties.

What are terpenes that I am most likely to see in CBD besides these?

A few more terpenes you are likely to find in the 420 world, including CBD vape juice and edibles, are:

  • Fenchol
  • Terpineol
  • Beta-Caryophyllene
  • Ocimene
  • Eucalyptol
  • Geraniol
  • Humulene

Terpenes are present in full-spectrum and broad-spectrum CBD. If you are interested in the entourage effect then you will want to check out some of our follow on pieces to learn a little more.

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