My what a smelly plant you have
When choosing a strain to grow (indoors or outdoors), there is definitely a lot of chemistry involved. However, most people tend to focus on the basics; namely THC and CBD count.
Granted, these cannabinoids are what makes a potent strain potent, but in this particular article, the keyword is “terpenes”. These aromatic organic hydrocarbons are responsible for the taste and smell of your favorite sweet smelling cannabis.
They go by a lot of names too; you can also encounter them as “terps” or “terpenoids” (if they get disrupted by oxidization). Put simply, they are the primary essence of any flower resin, your cannabis not excluded.
The oil of cannabis buds is infused with those chemicals, that can basically manipulate your nose in a surprising variety of ways.Some of the most well-known terpenoids found in cannabis and the taste they are associated to are the following:
- Myrcene: (herbal, pungent)
- Terpinolene: (citrus, sweet)
- Caryophyllene: (woody, dry)
- Caryophyllene Oxide: (sweet; pungent)
- Pinene: (piney)
- Linalool: (flowery; woody)
- Limonene: (citrus; orange)