Maybe you’re a cannabis connoisseur — and maybe you’re not. But if you’ve spent any amount of time around cannabis and others who smoke it, you’ve likely noticed that different strands can have varying scents.

That’s because of terpenes. Terpenes are the aromatic hydrocarbons that are naturally found in cannabis, as well as other plants and insects. They were developed as a defense mechanism in the wild to deter potential predators away from the plant and attract pollinators. 

Cannabis alone contains over 100 different terpenes, and the different terpenes found in the varying strains of cannabis produce a variety of effects for those who consume it. Really, terpenes are what give the plants their unique smell and work with the body to produce different results.

How do terpenes work?
Terpenes work with the endocannabinoid system in the body, encouraging the effects of THC, CBD, and other cannabinoids found in cannabis. The endocannabinoid system reacts to the external conditions of the system they’re attached to, encouraging your systems to respond appropriately to the current conditions in the body.

Read more about the endocannabinoid system here.

Different terpenes have different effects, but they predominantly work with cannabinoids like THC and CBD to enhance certain effects each cannabinoid can produce, contributing to the Entourage Effect. 

Think of essential oils: the oils, which are best differentiated by their different aromas, have certain effects on the body and can be used in collaboration with each other to produce a desired effect. Just like how there are a variety of essential oils, there are countless terpenes that can be found in cannabis.

The most common terpenes and their effects.

Similarly to how different cannabinoids produce different effects, there are a few common terpenes found in separate strains of cannabis that can change the effect you feel upon consumption. 

The most common terpenes found in cannabis are myrcene (earthy smell), linalool (floral smell), limonene (citrus smell), a- and b- pinene (pine smell), and trans-caryophyllene (pepper smell). Myrcene, which is the most common terpene found in cannabis, promotes relaxation in the body. Both limonene and linalool assist in maintaining normal stress levels, but limonene has sometimes been considered more energizing, while linalool is considered more sedative. Pinene and trans-caryophyllene have been said to help promote the body’s natural healing properties and promote overall body wellness.

Pinene and trans-caryophyllene have been said to help promote the body’s natural healing properties and promote overall body wellness.

How to find what terpenes your Head & Heal product has.

These terpenes, and many others not listed here, react with the CBD and THC in our oils to create such results. Each tincture of our CBD oil contains different terpenes, which can provide different effects based on the concoction of terpenes in the oil, and each one has more than just a combination of these five in it.

To find out the specific makeup of your CBD oil, we’ve provided a batch number for every product, which corresponds with our Lab Results page. Just click on your batch number, and select the “Terpenes Profile” option on the page to see the levels of every terpene in your oil. Remember, each terpene can help produce a different effect, and the levels of the terpenes in the product can also impact your experience.