Terpenes in Cannabis: Ooo-ooh That Smell

For many, the pleasing scent and aroma of cannabis is one of the best parts of the experience.

The scent of different strains of cannabis is the result of varying levels of terpenes. Terpenes are a broad and incredibly diverse class of organic compounds. But here’s the best part: terpenes universally impact the odor, taste, flavor, and effect of the cannabis you consume. Whether you’re in the mood to “SIT”, “STAY”, or “PLAY”  you’ll find just the effects you’re looking for with the high-quality cannabis found in Dogwalkers Pre-rolls.

Let’s Walk & Talk Terpenes in Cannabis

There are lots (and lots) of terpenes. In fact, researchers have identified more than 140 kinds of terpenoids in cannabis (including terpene variations called diterpenes and sesquiterpenes). However, of those 140 terpenoids, there are only a few found regularly in cannabis strains.

Let’s explore some of the most common terpenes found in cannabis as well as the impact that different strains may have on your Cannabis experience.

The Most Common Terpenes in Cannabis


Alpha-pinene, also known as pinene, is an herby and earthy scent reminiscent of – you guessed it – a pine forest. In fact, it’s the very same terpene that gives evergreen trees their distinct smell.


Humulene (which has subtle herbal and spicy notes) was initially discovered in the essential oils of common hops – the ingredient that gives beer a distinctively bitter taste. Depending on other terpenes found within a strain, humulene can actually give cannabis a near beer-like scent, too. Humulene is a very common terpene in Sativa strains.


This terpene is responsible for some of the sweet flavors you might encounter in certain cannabis strains. Ocimene contains somewhat citrusy and woody notes. It may also temporarily offer a wide array of medicinal properties, as well as uplifting effects.


With delicate floral undertones, the linalool terpene is in hundreds of different flowers and spices including lavender, mint, cinnamon, and rosewood. In the world of cannabis, linalool provides temporary relaxing, stress-relieving, and mood-boosting effects.


The Nerolidol terpene possesses a floral almost fruity aroma. This terpene is the primary scent compound of a species of orchid native to Mexico. In addition to lending its floral fragrance to this orchid, cannabis, and other plants, nerolidol is a natural sleep aid due to its purported sedative properties.


The terpene most dominant in modern commercial cannabis is Myrcene.  Like humulene, myrcene is responsible for the peppery, spicy, sometimes woody fragrance in beer.


Cannabis strains with high levels of Caryophyllene, which is present in herbs and spices like black pepper, basil, and oregano, deliver a spicy yet funky (fuel-like and musky) aroma. Many hybrids promoted as stress and anxiety relievers contain Caryophyllene.


Now that you know a little bit more about terpenes it’s time to get ready for your walk. Learn more about our cannabis pre-rolls and enjoy the journey!

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