Terpenes are highly aromatic organic compounds that determine the smell of many plants and herbs. There are a variety of terpenes sought after in cannabis, some of which have additional benefits due to their innate medical value.


Table 1. Terpene Flavor Key



Flavor CategoryFlavor ExamplesTerpeneMedical Value
CitrusJuniper, rosemary, fruit rindsLimoneneAnti-depressant, anti-fungal, mood-enhancer, gastroprotective, stress relief
FloralLilac, sage, lavenderLinalool Anti-anxiety, anti-convulsant, anti-depressant, sedative
MuskCheese, hopsMyrceneAntioxidant, anti-carcinogenic; good for muscle tension, pain, and inflammation
FruitLemongrass, verbina, mangoMyrceneAntioxidant, anti-carcinogenic; good for muscle tension, pain, and inflammation
PinePine, basil, dill, parsleyAlpha-PineneAntiseptic, heighten focus, alertness, aids memory
WoodHardwood, cedarCaryophylleneGastroprotective, anti-inflammatory; good for arthritis, ulcers, autoimmune disorders 
SpiceCloves, black pepper, cardamomCaryophylleneGastroprotective, anti-inflammatory; good for arthritis, ulcers, autoimmune disorders 
EarthMushrooms, grasses, skunkMyrceneAntioxidant, anti-carcinogenic; good for muscle tension, pain, and inflammation