What are Cannabis Terpenes? 

What are Cannabis Terpenes? 

Terpenes are the latest buzzword and amazingly, over 200 different kinds of terpenes have been identified in the cannabis plant alone. But why are they so important and what are they good for? 

You might already be familiar with the important role terpenes play in essential oils, including their healing, mood lifting and relaxing properties. For example, lavender essential oil is known for its relaxing and soothing effects and peppercorn oil is great for reducing anxiety and pain.

Cannabis terpenes are natural compounds found in the flower/bud of the cannabis plant and they are just as important. They are not only responsible for cannabis’ distinct aroma, but recent studies have also shown that they work in synergy with CBD, and other cannabinoids, to increase the healing properties of the plant and speed up the absorption of cannabinoids into the bloodstream.

Some naturally occurring terpenes in Salunabis’ CBD include:


Also found in chamomile, some possible healing benefits include: anti-inflammatory, relaxing, healing, soothing, and anti-microbial properties. It may also reduce anxiety and insomnia.


This common terpene is found in both hops and cannabis, and is attributed to giving beers their taste and smell and is also found in hops, cannabis sativa strains and Vietnamese coriander. Some possible healing benefits include: anti-inflammatory, antibacterial and appetite suppressant properties.


A common and abundant terpene found in cannabis, it is also found in other conifers, balsamic resin, pine woods and some citrus fruits. Some possible healing benefits include: alertness, memory retention, and may also reduce anxiety and pain.


This is another common and abundant terpene found in cannabis and is the only non-cannabinoid found to directly activate CB2 receptors in our endocannabinoid system. It is also found in cloves, hops, and rosemary. Some possible healing benefits include: anti-chronic pain, antioxidant, anti-inflammatory and anti-nociceptive properties.


Produced by a number of cannabis strains, this terpene is said to be naturally synergistic with THC. It has been shown to increase the maximum saturation level of the CB1 receptor. It is also found in mangoes, hops, bay laurel leaves, thyme, lemongrass and basil. Some possible healing benefits include: anti-inflammatory, analgesic (pain relief), antibiotic, anti-mutagenic and sedative properties.


A common and abundant terpene found in cannabis which is also found in many everyday fruits and fruit rinds. Some possible healing benefits include: reduces anxiety, depression, pain, inflammation, elevates mood.


Extensively used in natural medicine for its antioxidant, antimicrobial and anti-inflammatory, this terpene is also found in wood from cypress pine and guaiacum (an evergreen tree). 

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