The terpene profile of cannabinoids is complex. It takes a discerning nose and experience to be able to detect the nuances a specific cultivar possesses. Terpenes are present in many plants, however, one of the reasons why cannabis is so unique in the botanical kingdom is due to high concentration of terpenes. Terpenes are like a unique fingerprint of the plant. These “fingerprints” will vary between cultivars based on how a plant is grown as well as its genetic makeup.

Train your nose

Most cannabis cultivars have one or two distinct notes. Often, these notes cover up the more subtle nuances contained in the terpene profile. Train your nose to be able to detect the other notes in the cultivar. What do you smell first? What else can you smell? The more you practice, the better you will become.


This terpenes hallmark is its floral scent, reminiscent of a sharp and sweet wildflower. It is also found in Lavendar. It has calming and sedative properties and can help relieve anxiety.


Having a piney aroma with notes of herbs and wildflowers, this terpene is a useful insect repellant. It’s also found in rosemary and sage. It exhibits anticancer properties and can be a stimulant when paired with THC.


Commonly found in sativa, this terpene is associated with mood elevation and uplifting vibes. It’s also found in citrus rinds, juniper, and mint. Limonene has a unique ability to quicken absorption of other terpenes in the body.


Described as an earthy and musky, this terpene is prevalent in most all strains of cannabis and is known to enhance THC uptake in the body. Myrcene is also found in mango, hops, thyme, and citrus.


The most common naturally occurring terpenes, it is a major contributor to cannabis tell-tale piney aroma. It is also found in conifer species and herbs such as sage. It is know to enhance memory and alertness


Known to have an aroma that is peppery, woody, and spicy, this is the only terpene proven to interact with the cb2 receptors. It’s also found in basil, pepper, and cinnamon. This terpene also protects the lining in the digestive tract. Great for arthritis, ulcers and autoimmune disorders.