What Are Terpenes and How Do They Work?

With over 150 Terpene strains finding what flows with your everyday life and health concerns will differ from person to person. That’s why GreencertMD Blog is explaining the differences between Terpene profiles
Most of us know about the common cannabinoids, THC and CBD, but terpenes and their effects on the body are lesser known. Terpenes are oils that are released in Marijuana trichomes, this is what gives off the scent of your buds. Plants naturally produce them to protect against predators. Terpenes also interact with our endocannabinoid system, and help the cannabinoids to enter your bloodstream, which is called “The Entourage Effect”. They also play a very important role in your endocannabinoid system as they help you to feel the effects of the cannabinoids. Terpenes do not produce the high effect like THC does since they do not bind to the receptors in your brain like THC does. Even though they do not produce that “high” feeling, they can still have a slight positive effect on your mood, and they also carry their own unique profile and set of therapeutic effects on the body.


Pinene May Be What You Are Looking For

The most common terpene in the world, Pinene, is known to have a flavor and aroma that can be described as herbal, piney, and fresh. Along with Marijuana, it can also be found in pine needles, basil, rosemary, and orange peels. It comes in two different forms, Alpha-Pinene and Beta-Pinene. Alpha-Pinene, the most prominent type, gives off a scent of pine needles, while Beta-Pinene gives off the scent of basil or parsley. This terpene can help with your memory, as well as make you feel more alert.

It works best for:

  • anxiety
  • inflammation
  • lung conditions
  • pain

It boils off at 156 degrees Celsius, which is equivalent to about 313 degrees Fahrenheit. It is important to not heat your Marijuana to more than 313 degrees Fahrenheit when you consume it if you would like to enjoy the full therapeutic effects of the terpene.


Linalool Works For These Conditions

Next, we are going to discuss the terpene profile of the common terpene, Linalool. This terpene gives off a lavender and woody scent. It can be found in different plants such as rosewood and mint. Linalool is also frequently used as a natural flavor in foods, and can be found in soaps, perfumes, and essential oils. If used topically it can produce an anesthetic effect which is similar to menthol. When you consume this terpene-rich marijuana strain, it can promote a strong sense of well- being. Linalool has a positive effect on your serotonin receptors, So, this is a great terpene for those who are looking to treat mental health conditions.

Works best to treat:

  • depression
  • anxiety
  • insomnia

This terpene boils off at 199 Celsius, which is the equivalent of 390 degrees Fahrenheit. As discussed earlier in this article, make sure not to heat your cannabis above this temperature to reap all of the positive benefits of this terpene.

Finding Your Ideal Terpene Profile

Pinene and Linalool are both common terpenes known for their strong medicinal effects on the body. Because of the “Entourage Effect” that terpenes produce to assist in the effectiveness of the cannabinoids THC and CBD, it is very  important to look at the terpene profiles of the products that you purchase, in order to receive the most benefits from your Marijuana. Since there are over 150 terpenes that can be found in Marijuana, it may take some experimentation to find which terpenes work best for you. Make sure to stop in to your local dispensary to discuss which products would best serve your needs. I’m here to help! If you have any questions or would like to discuss how marijuana might help you, please let me know!


Until next time, 

Dr. Judd, MD