What Are Terpenes?

Over time, marijuana has become an outstanding alternative therapy. Marijuana has many uses and the different chemicals within the plant have similar and yet very different qualities. Most people think of THC when they hear anything about pot, but CBD and terpenes are becoming more widely used throughout the world. CBD is 100% legal in the United States and terpenes are a compound found in plants of all kinds. What is the purpose of terpenes though?

Scientist have been trying to focus on steering away from cannabinoids for a while and have been experimenting with terpenes from the pot plants. Terpenes are the part of a plant that gives off its scent and taste. Essential oils are an amazing example of the benefit plant terpenes can have. This organic chemical activates the CB1 and CB2 receptors in the brain but does not give you the high that THC does. If you are someone looking for that comfort without the effects of THC, then experimenting with terpene products might be your best option.

This amazing compound has been said to do wonders for pain, nausea, and a lot of other ailments that are helped by regular cannabis. You can find over 200 different terpenes in the many products created with them. You might be overwhelmed by the many selections but don’t be afraid to ask questions.

What Is Myrcene?

One of the most common terpenes found in marijuana is called Myrcene, which has an aroma that can only be described as earthy, fruity, and citrusy. The benefits of using products with Myrcene are outstanding. It has been preferred by users who are looking for an anti-inflammatory, or pain relief. It is said to also help attack pain receptors. There are a ton of plants that contain Myrcene such as:

  1. rosemary
  2. oregano
  3. black and white pepper
  4. celery
  5. nutmeg
  6. guava
  7. ginger
  8. lemon
  9. cumin

The Benefits of Eucalyptol

The name Eucalyptol is derived from the native plant of Australia, Eucalyptus. This can also be found in tea tree and bay leaves, which are both great plants to use as well. Bay leaves are wonderful to cook with but should be used lightly each time. Tea tree oil can be found in many products including shampoo, body wash, and soap. It gives off an invigorating feeling when used on your body. Many users have said this is beneficial for pain relief or use as an insecticide or antifungal. It is recommended to apply this topically or inhale it for proper relief of these ailments.

Pinene Healing

This woodsy scent contributes a healing property to cannabis unlike any other. Pinene is said to act as a mood stabilizer, a pain reliever, and an anti-inflammatory. You will find that pinene is one of the most common terpenes found in plants. These include, but are not limited to:

  1. pine (thus the name pinene)
  2. parsley
  3. guava
  4. juniper
  5. rosemary
  6. nutmeg
  7. valerian roots
  8. bay leaves
  9. Chinese parsley
  10. sage


The terpene called Caryophyllene is known as the “Cinderella” of essential oils. It is said that Caryophyllene is also the compound that gives black pepper its flavor. It happens to activate cannabinoid receptors although it is a non-cannabinoid compound. Its benefits include the reduction of pain and inflammation. Some other plants that contain Caryophyllene are:

  1. cloves
  2. hops
  3. black pepper
  4. white pepper
  5. rosemary
  6. oregano
  7. basil
  8. sage
  9. parsley


If you prefer a calming feeling, then Linalool is the terpene for you. It has an amazing floral scent and its primary use is for relaxation and calming of the body and mind. This terpene can be found in over 200 plants alone. Some of these plants include:

  1. lavender
  2. birch bark
  3. Chinese parsley
  4. coriander
  5. cilantro
  6. basil
  7. oregano
  8. grapes and grapevines
  9. certain teas like green tea
  10. lemons

There are a wide variety of plants that contain terpenes. Definitely do your research because you will find that most of these plants can simply be ingested in order to get the effect that you are striving for. You will also find that most of these plants have a combination of terpenes that can work together. With this knowledge, the next time you go to your local Phoenix dispensary or grocery store you just may think differently about what you bring home. You may find that you are choosing much healthier options knowing that you are combating your body pain, contributing to  a healthier mindset and more.