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My Top 4 Cannabis Terpenes and Their Effects

Updated: Dec 5, 2023

Is there more than meets the eye?

Now that our beloved Mary Jane is stretching her reach far across the political eye, there's a lot more to it than it seems as far as “what makes the plant the plant”. The labeling of Indica or Sativa in cannabis has only put us into a smaller box in this enormous world of education. Terpenes are what REALLY translate into making your high what it is. Today you're in luck if you're not Jimmy Neutron on the weed game, because Im here to share my top 4 favorite terpenes in cannabis based on the benefits and effects of each compound (see previous article if you're already lost). So grab some good good and light up 🔥🌲!

What is Terpinolene?

My FAV terpene is of course one of the most rare, but awkwardly enough it can be found in a lot of house cleaning products and personal care. This dark horse is responsible for your strain having that “floral” smell. My Apricot Mimosa genetic smells heavenly!


Terpinolene has been found to have stimulating, cerebral effects and may create feelings of heightened energy and rapid, focused thoughts. It is important to start with a low dose if trying terpinolene for the first time, as the intensity of its effects can be overwhelming, resulting in a feeling of being trapped in one's own thoughts.

Medical benefits

Research into terpinolene has been limited compared to the major terpenes, but studies suggest it may possibly offer improved wound healing, pain blocking properties, and antioxidant benefits. Studies done on mice and cell cultures have demonstrated promising results, however, more research on human clinical trials is needed to truly understand the effects of terpinolene.

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What is Limonene?

From the sweet aroma of freshly-cut lemons, to the pleasant piny notes of gin, to the unmistakable citrusy scent of red maples and other conifers, limonene is one of nature's most delightful fragrances. Limonene is one of the most common terpenes out of them all as it is found in certain fruits naturally.


This is an uplifting terpene capable of creating a high state of euphoria. This is likely because the terpene modulates neurotransmitters in the brain, particularly serotonin. One animal study found that lemon oil vapor, which contains significant levels of limonene, served to reduce stress and elevate mood.

Medical Benefits

Besides avoiding depression, Limonene also has antifungal and antibacterial properties. Additionally, it may help relieve heartburn and gastric reflux, and aid in the absorption of other terpenes and chemicals through the skin, mucous membranes, and digestive tract.

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What is Myrcene?

Myrcene is a terpene found in medicinal shrubs native to Brazil, known as Mycia sphaerocarpahis. This magical molecule has a unique aroma and flavor, sure to please anyone!


Ever get that “hard” high that hits you fast? Munchies and relaxed muscles? Bingo! 😎 This is what typically cause "couch-lock" after smoking, which makes it my least favorite one lol.

Medical benefits

Myrcene has various health benefits, including anti-inflammatory properties, pain relief, sedative effects, and is traditionally used to treat ailments such as diabetes, diarrhea, dysentery, and hypertension. It is used in lieu of sedatives for sleep deprivation, so dont expect to be super productive with it. Researchers found that Myrcene had anti-inflammatory properties on the cells while it slows damage and disease progression.

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What is Pinene?

Being the second most popular (and a personal favorite 🤩), Pinene is an aromatic compound that smells a lot like–you guessed it–a forest of pine trees. But pinene may bring more to a strain’s experience than just flavor.


Think the energetic, euphoric type of feeling. Perfect for the afternoon especially when having a lot of task to do as this supports being in “ the flow of energy”. As a content creator, this stuff is magic for my process, which is why its def in my new strain crossed with Sierra Cherries.

Medical Benefits

Like other major terpenes, the medical efficacy of pinene is multifaceted, offering anti-inflammatory, anti-viral, anti-bacterial, and even dermatological benefits. Pinene has even been found to be a valuable ingredient in topicals for the treatment of acne. Studies have shown that pinene protects against oxidative stress, inflammation, and neuronal damage while altering the signaling pathways within cancer cells in a way that stops cancer cells from multiplying and causes their death or “apoptosis”.

Anddd that's a wrap! Im excited to announce my strain we are cultivating this year will be a cross of Apricot Mimosa & Sierra Cherries. The AM is Terpinolene dominant, while the Cherries main compounds are Pinene & Myrcene. I wanted to create a balanced high that any weed lover can enjoy no matter what side of the spectrum you're on. What's better than getting a clean, productive high and blocking cancer and inflammation at the same time? Can't wait for y'all to try it out!

Looking for some more education on weed? What are Terpenes?


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