13 Primary Terpenes Present in Hemp

Terpenes are not only responsible for manipulating the aroma and flavor of each strain. They also contribute to the overall experience felt as well as enhance the benefits gained from the cannabinoids in what is known as the entourage effect.

There are over 200 different terpenes that can found within hemp, but these are the top 13 that are most commonly found.

Floral hemp

Bisabolol

AROMA
A subtle, sweet, floral fragrance with hints of pepper, balsamic, and citrus
FLAVOR
Sweet and fresh
EXPERIENCE
Contributes to a soothing experience overall and works well in both daytime and nighttime strains
ALSO FOUND IN
Chamomile flowers and Candeia Trees


Bisabolol


Floral


Day & Night

Borneol

AROMA
Menthol, camphor, pungent, bitter
FLAVOR
Somewhat acrid and bitter minty taste
EXPERIENCE
Contributes to calming and mildly sedative effects making it a great nighttime strain ingredient
ALSO FOUND IN
Thyme, nutmeg, ginger, wormwood and turmeric


Borneol


Minty


Nighttime

Ginger
Carophyllene

Carophyllene

AROMA
Peppery, woody, and spicy
FLAVOR
Spicy and peppery
EXPERIENCE
The calming effect and general sense of wellbeing that can be felt from this terpene makes it ideal for both daytime and nighttime
ALSO FOUND IN
Black pepper, basil, oregano, cloves, hops,


Carophyllene


Hops


Day & Night

Farnecene

AROMA
A stronger smelling terpene that is herbaceous, floral and citrus with woody undertones
FLAVOR
Flowery and woody
EXPERIENCE
Can help to balance emotions and has a soothing, calming, and sedative effect, making it great in night time strains. It can also help to balance emotions
ALSO FOUND IN
Ginger, hops, turmeric, ylang-ylang


Farnecene


Exotic


Nighttime

Farnecene
Geraniol

Geraniol

AROMA
Rosy and floral
FLAVOR
Sweet, floral, rose-like taste with fruity nuances
EXPERIENCE
Imparts energy and reduces fatigue and also enhances concentration, focus and a general sense of wellbeing. The presence of geraniol in a strain indicates a great day time strain
ALSO FOUND IN
Geraniums, roses, lemons


Geraniol


Floral


Daytime

Limonene

AROMA
Citrus, lemon, orange, and tangerine
FLAVOR
Lemon and sometimes grapefruit
EXPERIENCE
The uplifting and stress relieving qualities of this terpene make it work great in daytime strains and social situations.
ALSO FOUND IN
Citrus rinds, peppermint, juniper


Limonene


Citrus


Daytime

Limonene
Humulene

Humulene

AROMA
Subtle earthy, woody, and herbaceous aroma with spicy notes
FLAVOR
Hoppy, woody, and spicy
EXPERIENCE
No notable effects on how you feel apart from that it can help to suppress appetite
ALSO FOUND IN
Hops, coriander


Humulene


Hops


Day & Night

Linalool

AROMA
Complex yet subtle floral aroma that resembles lavender with citrus and spicy overtones
FLAVOR
Delicate floral and sometimes slightly tropical taste
EXPERIENCE
Perfect addition to night time strains due to its sedating and calming effects
ALSO FOUND IN
Lavender, coriander, basil, hops, citrus, birch, rosewood


Linalool


Herbal


Nighttime

Linalool hemp terpene
Mango

Myrcene

AROMA
A pungent fragrance resembling fermented fruit. Earthy, musky, clovey, herbaceous, and fruity
FLAVOR
Sweet, earthy and hoppy
EXPERIENCE
Generally sedating and relaxing. Higher levels of myrcene indicate a good nighttime strain while low levels tend to have a more energetic effect
ALSO FOUND IN
Thyme, Hops, Mango, Citrus, Lemongrass, Bay Leaves


Myrcene


Exotic


Day & Night

Ocimene

AROMA
Sweet and beautifully fragrant with herbaceous, citrus, and earthy undertones
FLAVOR
Sweet, herbal and earthy
EXPERIENCE
Ocimene is very uplifting making it good for day strains and social occasions
ALSO FOUND IN
Mint, parsley, pepper, basil, orchids, mangoes


Ocimene


Herbal


Daytime

Ocimene
Pinene

Pinene

AROMA
Piney, sharp, and sweet
FLAVOR
Pine resin and rosemary
EXPERIENCE
Can help improve focus, alertness, and memory, making pinene is a great addition to daytime strains, especially if you have a lot going on
ALSO FOUND IN
Pine needles, conifer, sage


Pinene


Pine


Daytime

Terpineol

AROMA
Soft and sweet floral, lilac, and blossoms
FLAVOR
Floral, peach, and sweet lime
EXPERIENCE
Relaxing and mildly sedative experience making it good for nighttime strains as well as your more relaxed days
ALSO FOUND IN
Lilac, pine trees, eucalyptus sap, lime blossoms


Terpineol


Floral


Nighttime

Peach
Valencene

Valencene

AROMA
A full range of citrus aromas with overtones of orange, mango, and grapefruit. Very occasionally users can detect the smell of fresh herbs and freshly cut wood.
FLAVOR
Citrusy, sweet
EXPERIENCE
Increases alertness making it a good daytime strain
ALSO FOUND IN
Valencia oranges


Valencene


Citrus


Daytime