Terpenes are reshaping the way we select strains.

These little guys are what give each cannabis strain it's unique bouquet. The way a cannabis plant smells can tell us a lot about the way it may affect us. While the terms 'indica', 'sativa' and 'hybrid' have long been used to describe the effects of specific cannabis strains-in addition to their growth characteristics-we believe terpenes tell us more about each strain's unique effects. There's a dizzying array of terpenes in all plants. To get you started, we've identified some of the more common terpenes found in cannabis.

Terpenes are naturally produced in cannabis trichomes, just like cannabinoids. Cannabinoid content can tell you how potent a strain is, but terpenes have the potential of letting one predict the effects of the experience each strain offers by smell, as well as rigorous lab testing. Once you determine which smells and terpenes you prefer, you'll be able to judge whether a strain is for you simply by smelling it.

Terpinolene

Potential Effects
Sedation

Aroma
Pine, Floral, Herbal

Also Found In
Pine Needles, Rosemary, Basil, Parsley, Dill

Potential Medical Uses
Antioxidant, Sedative, Antibacterial, Antifungal, Anticancer

Pinene

Potential Effects
Alterness, Counteracts THC, Memory Retention

Aroma
Pine

Also Found In
Pine Needles, Rosemary, Basil, Parsley, Dill

Potential Medical Uses
Antioxidant, Sedative, Antibacterial, Antifungal, Anticancer

Humulene

Potential Effects
Appetite Suppression

Aroma
Woody, Earthy, Herbal

Also Found In
Hops, Coriander, Cloves, Basil

Potential Medical Uses
Anti-tumor, Antibacterial, Anti-inflammatory, Pharmacokinetic

ß-Carophyllene

Potential Effects
Sedation

Aroma
Cloves, Spicy, Woody, Pepper

Also Found In
Black Pepper, Cloves, Cinnamon

Potential Medical Uses
Anti-inflammatory, Pain Relief, Anxiety, Depression, Antioxidant

Linalool

Potential Effects
Sedation

Aroma
Floral

Also Found In
Lavender

Potential Medical Uses
Anxiety, Depression, Stress-Relief, Immune Support, Pain Relief

Myrcene

Potential Effects
Sedation, Sleepiness, Relaxation

Aroma
Cloves, Earthy, Herbal, Spicy

Also Found In
Thyme, Hops, Mango, Lemongrass

Potential Medical Uses
Anxiety, Muscle Relaxant, Insomnia, Appetite Stimulant

Limonene

Potential Effects
Elevated Mood, Uplifted

Aroma
Sweet, Citrus

Also Found In
Fruit Rinds, Juniper, Rosemary, Peppermint

Potential Medical Uses
Antioxidant, Sedative, Antibacterial, Antifungal, Anticancer

Ocimene

Potential Effects
Appetite Suppression

Aroma
Sweet, Herbal, Citrus

Also Found In
Hops, Coriander, Cloves, Basil

Potential Medical Uses
Antioxidant, Enzyme Inhibitor (Type 2 Diabetes, Hypertension), Anti-Inflammatory

Color Coding

You can predict how a strain might affect you, based solely on the terpenes it contains.

We color code our strains based on the levels of various terpenes in each of them. This helps our customers determine how a strain might affect them before they try it.

Orange Strains

Contain high levels of Uplifiting, Energetic, Creative terpenes like:
Limonene, Pinene, Ocimene

Green Strains

Contain mixed levels of terpenes. You might find combinations of strains that provide effects that affect body and mind equally.

Purple Strains

Contain high levels of sedating, relaxing, euphoric terpenes like:
Myrcene, Linalool, ß-Caryophyllene, Terpinolene