What Are Terpenes?

There is something special about the aroma of cannabis. Whether it’s a sweet fruity taste or the skunky smell that bursts from a crushed bud, it always seems to soothe both the body and the mind. So, what’s creating these flavorful bouquets? It’s terpenes that you smell, and knowing more about them will help deepen your appreciation of cannabis.

Terpenes Explained

Terpenes are aromatic oils that give cannabis its distinctive flavors — like pine, berry, or citrus. They are secreted from the same glands that produce cannabinoids like THC and CBD, and offer almost as many benefits.

Like other strong-smelling flowers and plants, the cannabis plant uses terpenes as a way to repel predators and to attract pollinators. Many factors go into the development of terpenes, and things like weather, fertilizers, and soil type can influence how they form.

There have been over 100 different terpenes identified in cannabis, with each strain having a unique terpene composition. One of the fascinating things about terpenes is the way they interact synergistically with other cannabis compounds.


What Can Terpenes do?

Terpenes have the power to influence the effects of cannabinoids, and they play an essential role in determining how different strains make you feel. Terpenes work together with cannabinoids, flavonoids, and other compounds to modulate the effects of the cannabis plant and create a synergy known as the “entourage effect.”

Although they often work together, terpenes are each associated with their own unique properties. Some of them promote stress-relief and relaxation, while others encourage energy and focus. For example, linalool is often relaxing, whereas limonene has an elevating effect.

Terpenes also offer depth to the art of appreciating cannabis, even though their uniqueness is sometimes subtle. But most importantly, they provide therapeutic value that can boost the overall wellness benefits of cannabis.

Cannabis Terpenes You’ll Likely Encounter


Myrcene is the most common terpene found in almost all cannabis strains. It has a musky, earthy aroma and works as an anti-inflammatory, muscle relaxer, and sedative. High levels of myrcene are believed to contribute to the “couch lock” effect of indica strains.


Pinene is one of the most common terpenes and features a spicy forest aroma. It’s also found in rosemary, pine nuts, and sage, and has been used by herbalists for centuries to help with inflammation and breathing issues. It can also help you wake up and feel more alert when you’re low on energy. You can find it in dr. delights™ Elevate formula, where it’s used to provide an uplifting effect that promotes focus and concentration.


This terpene is found in botanicals like coriander, lavender, and birch trees. It’s sometimes used as a sleep-aid, but on its own isn’t overly drowsy. It has an enjoyable aroma and anticonvulsant properties that pair well with CBD.


If you want something a little more upbeat, limonene is the terpene for you. Also found in citrus fruit, limonene is known for providing a cerebral pick-me-up that matches its “sack of lemons” aroma. Strains with a lot of limonene tend to produce feelings of alertness and awakening. You can experience a limonene energy boost any time of the day with the convenience of dr. delights™ Elevate formula.


This terpene can be a real nose tickler and is found in pepper and a variety of other spices like cloves. It possesses a lot of potential medical value and is effective in treating tumors, inflammation, and pain.  It’s one of the active ingredients in dr. delights™ Relieve formula, designed to provide serious pain relief with your choice of vape pens, tinctures, or salves.