We take terpene purity very seriously. The way a strain looks and smells are the two biggest selling points for a huge percentage of our customers that buy hemp flower from us. Plus, terpenes synergize and effect the way cannabinoids interact in the body meaning they play an important role in the effects of a given hemp strain. Colorado Breeders Depot takes notes and tests for terpene profiles, with that information soon to be posted alongside the cannabinoid profiles of all available hemp flower strains for sale.
The most common terpenes found in hemp flower are listed below in no particular order. These are just some of the most abundant flavor-effecting compounds and chemicals found in the hemp plant.
Pinene:As the name suggests, Pinene terpenes taste earthy and woodsy, reminiscent of a serene forest. Thought to suggest an improvement in both respiratory problems and cognition, pinene is the most abundant terpene on Earth. Most often compared to a “Christmas tree” aroma with its soothing, tingly effect on smell alone.
Limonene:Also boasting a name that reflects its aroma, Limonene is a chemical often found in citrus rinds of all kinds. Lemony, zesty, almost tropical for some, this terpene is often found in Sativa-leaning genetics. Thought to help in both the uplifting effects of certain strains as well as reducing stress, Limonene is great for focus and mood-lift. This chemical also demonstrates anti-fungal and antibacterial properties.
Humulene:Also found in hops, this terpene provides a peculiarly woody, spicy, herbaceously floral odor profile. Humulene, when coupled with other terpenes, as been found in studies to reduce both tumor size and cancer cell prevalence. There is believed to be antibacterial properties as well.
Myrcene:The most abundant terpene found in cannabis across the board. It’s also found in mangos, lemongrass and eucalyptus. Myrcene boasts a potent aroma best described as musky, spicy,earthy mixture. This terpene some believe is responsible for the ‘skunky’ smell of some strains. This is the terp to look for when hoping for a couch-lock, “indica heavy” sort of effect, as studies have proven that cannabis strains with over 0.5% myrcene are much more likely to be described as such. This terpene is found in smaller amounts in sativa-trait strains and can be viewed as the body calming terpene of choice for hemp smokers looking for ultimate relaxation.
Linalool:This terpene is best identified through its characteristic lavender scent. Not surprisingly, this is the most abundant terpene in the lavender plant and it’s floral aroma is unmistakable. Containing anti-microbial properties, linalool has been used in traditional medicines for centuries. Studies have shown mice exposed to linalool displayed far less depression-like symptoms and appeared calmer. Recent studies have also shown that there is potential for linalool to be an immune system booster against the harms of stress.
Eucalyptol: Reeking of eucalyptus leaf, eucalyptol is a less commonly occurring terpene in cannabis but is worth mentioning because of its unique aroma and anti-inflammatory, antioxidant properties. Mentally, eucalyptol oil has been shown to enhance memory and improve cognitive function.
Beta-caryophyllene:Peppery, spicy herbal notes form the aroma of this terpene also found in rosemary, basil and hops. Thought of by researchers as the terpene to look to when it comes to pain abatement. Beta-caryophyllene stimulates CB2 receptors which work on pain signals on the peripheral nervous system. This in turn can reduce inflammation and dull pain signal receptors.