Terpenes are natural compounds found in many plants and the main constituent in essential oils.
Many studies found that terpenes have unique health and wellness qualities, which means they don’t only smell great but are also healthy physically, emotionally and mentally.
In the past few years, more and more herbal blend and cannabis manufacturers started adding terpenes to enhance the effect and experience of the smokers. To help you get to know and learn more about these magnificent natural compounds, here are our top 5 terpene flavors.
As their name suggests, pinene terpenes have a distinct piney scent and flavor and naturally occur in many plants, including pine trees, rosemary, basil, parsley and other herbs, cedar, eucalyptus and orange, lime and lemon peels. Pinene is one of the most abundant terpene on earth and is classified into two types – alpha pinene (α-pinene) and beta pinene (β-pinene) – both have therapeutic qualities. It’s worth noting that α-pinene is one of the primary active compounds in cannabis.
Potential health benefits: anti-inflammatory, reduces anxiety, relieves pain, bronchodilator (allows more air into the lungs), boosts memory.
Myrcene has a fruity, citrusy flavor and is also a very common natural chemical compound. This terpene is found in plants such as lemongrass, thyme, basil, mango and hops, as well as the flowers of cannabis.
Potential health benefits: sedative, relieves pain, antioxidant, antimicrobial, anti-diabetic, muscle relaxant, improves sleep and antiseptic.
This lemony flavored terpene is widely used as flavoring in the production of various foods and beverages, including chewing gum, desserts and candies. Limonene is responsible for the main and very familiar scent of citrus peels such as lemons, limes, oranges, grapefruits and mandarins, but is also found in many other different types of plants and herbs, including cannabis, red pepper, chamomile, ginger, turmeric, anise and fennel.
Potential health benefits: regulates the immune system, prevents cancer, treats cancer, boosts mood, relieves stress and promotes weight loss.
This terpene’s flavor is less distinct and often described as woody yet herbal, reminiscent of lilac with nuances of citrus. Its expansive flavor profile is perfect for teas as well as foods like cheesecakes, fried eggs or omelettes and more.
Terpinolene is naturally found in plants such as apple trees, tea trees, lilac and pine trees, and is also the main terpene in the cannabis strain Super Lemon Haze.
Thanks to its refreshing aroma, terpinolene is commonly used as an additive in the production of perfumes and beauty products.
Potential health benefits: antibacterial, antioxidant, antimicrobial, antifungal, insect repellant, mild sedative and mild pain reliever.
Last but certainly not least, linalool is one of the most widely distributed terpene in nature. Its flavor is floral, similar to lavender, with hints of citrus. In cannabis plants, linalool is the chemical compound responsible for the strong aroma as well as for the plant’s medicinal value.
Linalool naturally occurs in a wide variety of plants, spice plants and flowers, including mint and other herbs, cinnamon, rosewood and lavender.
Potential health benefits: anti-depressant, anti-anxiety, combats insomnia, treats cancer, sedative, helps reverse the cognitive damage caused by Alzheimer’s disease, anti-inflammatory, anti-epileptic, reduces stress, mosquito deterrent.