Featured terpenes: earthy aromas

Featured terpenes: earthy aromas

Spring is in the air, flowers are beginning to bloom, and earthy smells are everywhere. Like many plants, cannabis contains aroma compounds (terpenes) that feature a bouquet of scents from floral and piney to earthy, musky, and spicy. This month our “Featured Terpenes” all have earthy notes that are reminiscent of fresh soil and musky flora.

Terpenes are chemicals that are created and stored in the trichomes of the cannabis plant, along with cannabinoids such as tetrahydrocannabiniol (THC) and cannabidiol (CBD).

Cannabis users have indicated that the type of terpene found in different strains can be associated with various effects. The exact effects of terpenes on their own, and within cannabis, are the subject of ongoing research and remain undetermined, however earthy scented terpenes are generally thought to be grounding. Remember, what works for others may not work for you. Educating yourself and cautious experimentation will help you find your way.

Myrcene is  thought to be a mellowing terpene and it is found in high quantities in mangoes and wild thyme, as well as hops, lemongrass, bay leaves, and citrus fruits. With an earthy and musky scent, myrcene is also the most common terpene in cannabis, and is often found in larger quantities in indica-dominant strains.

Responsible for some of the smoky, earthy flavours of the famous lapsang souchong tea, terpineol is thought of as a refreshing terpene that is also found in pine trees, lilac trees, cannabis, eucalyptus leaves, sap, and lime blossoms.

Cedrene is a terpene with a woodsy, earthy, and sweet scent and is considered to be settling. It is most commonly found in cedar and is also found in juniper and cypress.

Humulene is thought to be a motivating terpene and it is found in hops, coriander, cloves, and basil, among other plants. Its aroma presents as woodsy and earthy with citrus overtones.

Discover our carefully curated collection of non-medical cannabis with earthy aromas in our Featured Terpenes selection.

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