Terp-tastic: Guide to 5 Common Cannabis Terpenes

Terp-tastic: Guide to 5 Common Cannabis Terpenes

Terpenes are the spice rack of the cannabis world, giving flavor and aroma to your favorite strains. With thousands of different combinations, terpenes are responsible for the delicious taste profiles and effects we all love. Whether you’re swept away by the sweet and citrusy taste of oranges or the warm, woody and savory notes or beer-brewing herbs like hops, terpenes are here to help!

We’ve discovered over 400 terpenes, but here are 5 common terps you’ll see in popular strains today.


Also found in many other plants such as cloves, hops, bay leaves, and lemongrass, myrcene is known for a musky, earthy scent. Strains containing myrcene (Skunk#1, White Widow, and Special Queen) are a popular choice for those looking to unwind or reduce stress.


Take a long sip of ice-cold lemonade for this one, because limonene has an orange or lemon scent profile reminiscent of hot summer days lounging by the pool. Roll up some Super Lemon Haze, Lemon Skunk, or Tangie to go with your lemonade this summer!


Ever taken a walk through the pine trees with a big blunt? Pinene gives your smoke notes of pine trees and wood, bringing you right into the middle of a deep forest, far from any worries. You’ll find a forest of pinene in Jack Herer, Romulan, and Blue Dream.


Take a trip to a lavender field with linalool! Known and loved for its floral scent profile similar to lavender flowers, the scent of Linalool is soothing and easy-going. You can sit back and let the mellow vibes roll through when you enjoy this terpene with some LA Confidential, Amnesia Haze, and Grandaddy Purple!


We got a hot one! Caryophyllene is a terpene known for its peppery, spicy scent. If you’re a fan of black pepper, this one will be very familiar to you, because beta-Caryophyllene is one of the main compounds that makes black pepper spicy! turn up the heat on your next sesh with a sack of OG Kush, Sour Diesel, or Bubba Kush!

Terpenes are volatile, meaning they evaporate faster when exposed to oxygen. You can keep your favorite strains smooth and easy-going by preserving as many terpenes as possible when grinding, but you gotta grind it right! Chopping your cheeba with nylon whips kills the vibe, but you can avoid evaporation by using a Sensi Shredder PRO! The Sensi Shredder PRO uses an enclosed grinding space, slow-moving blades, and 3 screen sizes (S,M,L) to help maintain top terp levels in your shredded cannabis. Switch to a Sensi Shredder PRO today and stop tossing your terps into the air!