Cannabis Terpenes Guide

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A Quick Guide to Cannabis Terpenes

At Northeast Growing Company in Bangor, Maine, we grow and deliver high-quality cannabis. We cultivate unique strains of cannabis that are rich in terpenes, the aromatic compounds responsible for the plant’s distinct smell.

Terpenes are found in a variety of plants, not just cannabis. In fact, they’re what give lemons their sour smell, pine trees their woodsy aroma, and lavender its floral scent. There are over 20,000 different types of terpenes, but only a handful are commonly found in cannabis.

Each cannabis strain has its own unique terpene profile, which contributes to the plant’s overall smell and taste.

In this blog post, we’ll explore terpenes, what they are, and what they do.

What are terpenes?

what are cannabis terpenes


Cannabis terpenes are aromatic compounds that are produced by the cannabis plant. They are what give cannabis its signature smell and flavor.

Some common terpenes found in cannabis are:


Myrcene is the most common terpene in cannabis. It is also found in hops, thyme, and lemongrass. Myrcene has a musky, earthy aroma with notes of clove. It is thought to have sedative effects. Strains high in myrcene include OG Kush, White Widow, and Grape Ape.


Limonene is a citrusy-smelling terpene that is also found in lemons, oranges, and limes. Limonene is thought to boost mood and energy levels. Strains high in limonene include Super Lemon Haze and Sour Tangie. 


Pinene is a pine-scented terpene that is also found in rosemary and basil. Pinene is thought to improve alertness and memory retention. Strains high in pinene include Blue Dream and Jack Herer. 

Terpenes in CannabisWhat effects do terpenes have?

Terpenes work by interacting with the brain’s endocannabinoid system. The endocannabinoid system is responsible for regulating a variety of physiological processes, including mood, appetite, and pain sensation.

Terpenes bind to receptors in the brain that regulate the endocannabinoid system. This interaction can have a variety of effects, depending on the terpene.

Some terpenes are thought to have sedative effects, while others are known for their energizing properties. Terpenes can also affect the intensity of the cannabis high. This works by amplifying or inhibiting the effects of THC, the main psychoactive compound in cannabis.

In general, cannabis strains with high levels of myrcene are thought to be more relaxing, while those high in limonene are thought to be more energizing.

The effects of terpenes are not just limited to the brain. Terpenes can also affect the body in other ways. For example, some terpenes are known for their anti-inflammatory properties, while others have been shown to help relieve pain.

At Northeast Growing Company, we grow a variety of cannabis strains that are rich in terpenes. If you’re looking for a particular smell or flavor, we can help you find the right strain for you. If you’re looking for a specific effect, our friendly budtenders would be happy to help you find the perfect strain to fit your needs.

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