Terpene FAQs: 10 Most Asked Questions

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Terpenes are aromatic compounds in the cannabis plant that significantly impact its smell, flavor, and therapeutic benefits. As the cannabis industry continues to grow, understanding these essential oils becomes increasingly important. Check out our online store to explore all our Fresh Never Frozen® Terpene products.

In this FAQ, we delve into the most common questions about cannabis terpenes, their roles, and how they can influence your cannabis experience. 


1. What Are Cannabis Terpenes, and What Do They Do?

Cannabis terpenes are aromatic compounds found in the cannabis plant. These compounds are responsible for the distinctive smells and flavors of different cannabis strains, which are influenced by the terpene profiles present in cannabis plants Beyond their sensory attributes, terpenes also play a significant role in the effects of cannabis. In the cannabis industry, terpenes contribute to the aroma, flavor, and therapeutic benefits of cannabis products. They interact synergistically with cannabinoids, such as THC, CBD, CBG, and CBN, enhancing or modulating their effects, a phenomenon known as the entourage effect. Terpenes also offer therapeutic benefits, including potential anti-inflammatory, pain-relieving, and anxiety-reducing effects.

Terpenes are not unique to cannabis. They are found in many other plants, contributing to the aroma and flavor of herbs, fruits, and flowers. However, cannabis terpenes are distinct in their specific compositions and concentrations. For a detailed comparison between cannabis and botanical terpenes, check out our blog post.


2. How to Increase Cannabis Terpenes?

Increasing the terpene content in cannabis can be achieved through various cultivation techniques:

    • Optimal Growing Conditions: Proper light, temperature, humidity, and nutrient levels are crucial. Stressing the plants slightly through techniques like LST (Low-Stress Training) can also enhance terpene production.
    • Harvesting at the Right Time: Terpene levels are highest when the trichomes are milky white and just starting to turn amber. Harvesting at this peak ensures maximum terpene content.
    • Proper Drying and Curing: Slow drying and proper curing are essential to preserve terpenes. Quick drying can cause terpene evaporation, reducing their presence in the final product.
  • Terpene Infusion: Using NEU Bags can significantly enhance terpene levels. These bags infuse real cannabis terpenes into the flower without the mess associated with the spray method. Learn more about NEU Bags here.

Cannabis-derived terpenes can be used to replicate sought-after flavors and aromas, meeting the demands of customers looking for specific profiles.


3. What Temperature Do Cannabis Terpenes Evaporate?

Terpenes have varying boiling points, and understanding these is crucial for preserving their integrity during processing and consumption:

  • Ocimene: 122°F (50°C)
  • Limonene: 349°F (176°C)
  • Myrcene: 334°F (168°C)
  • Linalool: 388°F (198°C)
  • Caryophyllene: 266°F (130°C)

Preserving these compounds requires careful temperature management during drying, curing, and consumption. For more details on preserving terpenes, refer to our blog post.


4. What Cannabis Terpenes Are Good for Pain?

Certain terpenes are known for their analgesic properties:

  • Caryophyllene: Found not only in cannabis but also in black pepper and cloves, this terpene is known for its anti-inflammatory and pain-relieving effects.
  • Linalool: Commonly found in many indica cannabis strains and in lavender, linalool has soothing and pain-relief properties.
  • Myrcene: Present in a variety of cannabis strains, mangoes, and hops, myrcene is known for its sedative and muscle-relaxing effects, making it beneficial for pain relief.


5. What Cannabis Terpenes Are Good for Anxiety?

Terpenes like linalool and limonene are particularly effective in managing anxiety:

  • Linalool: Its calming effects are well-documented, and commonly found in lavender.
  • Limonene: Known for its uplifting citrus scent, limonene can help reduce stress and improve mood.

For an in-depth look at how terpenes can help with anxiety, check out our blog post.


6. What Cannabis Terpenes Are Good for Sleep?

Terpenes that promote relaxation and sedation can aid in sleep:

  • Myrcene: Known for its sedative properties, myrcene is often found in strains that promote sleep.
  • Linalool: Its relaxing effects can help reduce anxiety and promote a restful night’s sleep.
  • Terpinolene: Though less common, terpinolene has a calming effect that can be beneficial for sleep.


7. Can Cannabis Terpenes Help with ADHD?

Certain terpenes might assist in managing ADHD symptoms by improving focus and reducing hyperactivity:

  • Pinene: Known for enhancing focus and alertness, pinene can benefit those with ADHD.
  • Limonene: Its uplifting effects can help improve mood and concentration.

For more insights on how cannabis terpenes can aid in ADHD management, read our blog post.


8. Are Cannabis Terpenes Bad for You?

Terpenes are generally considered safe and are widely used in cannabis products, foods, cosmetics, and aromatherapy. However, high concentrations or improper consumption methods can pose risks. For instance, inhaling large amounts of certain terpenes might cause irritation, nausea, or other adverse effects. It is essential to use products from reputable sources and adhere to recommended usage guidelines.


9. Are Cannabis Terpenes Water Soluble?

Cannabis terpenes are not water-soluble; they are lipophilic, meaning they dissolve better in oils and fats. This property is why terpenes are often extracted using solvents like ethanol or CO2, which can efficiently dissolve these compounds without using water.


10. Do Terpenes Get You High?

Terpenes themselves do not produce a psychoactive effect or “high.” However, they can influence the effects of cannabinoids like THC through the entourage effect. Terpenes play an essential role in influencing the effects of cannabinoids through the entourage effect, enhancing or modulating the psychoactive experience to be more tailored to the user’s preferences.


Understanding the role and benefits of terpenes can greatly enhance your appreciation and use of cannabis. Whether you’re looking to boost your plant’s terpene levels, manage specific conditions, or simply enjoy the diverse aromas and flavors, terpenes offer a fascinating and beneficial component to the cannabis experience. For more detailed information, explore our various blog posts linked throughout this article.

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For more insights on the entourage effect, read our blog post.

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