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If you’ve bought cannabis flower before, you’ve most likely heard it’s smell and flavor described using terpenes. Terpenes are a naturally occurring part of the cannabis plant and are found in many other plants as well. They are oily and aromatic compounds, and many people feel that they modulate the type of experience you have when you consume cannabis. 

In today’s blog post, we’re giving you Terpenes 101, and answering questions like: what are cannabis terpenes? How do cannabis terpenes work? What are the most common terpenes? Continue reading to learn more, and if you have any questions about terpenes or our products, contact Sticky Thumb marijuana delivery in San Francisco.

What Are Cannabis Terpenes?

Terpenes are aromatic oils that provide different cannabis strains with distinct flavors and smell, like citrus, mint, and pine. Over 100 different terpenes have been identified in the cannabis plant, and different strains have different combinations of terpene types. More research still needs to be done, but terpenes may also play a role in how terpenes affect you when you consume them. For example, some terpenes may promote relaxation while others promote focus. 

The Entourage Effect

The entourage effect is a buzzword in the cannabis world right now, and it is a theory that various cannabis compounds, including terpenes, work together to create unique effects. You’re most likely familiar with the cannabinoids THC and CBD, but there are many other cannabinoids in marijuana and the entourage effect describes how this multitude of botanical compounds works together. It’s important to remember that cannabis is more than just THC and CBD. there are other cannabinoids like CBN, CBC, CBG, and more — as well as terpenes!

Common Cannabis Terpenes 

There are many different cannabis terpenes, but some are more common than others. Here are a few of the cannabis terpenes you will find in the cannabis products on our marijuana delivery menu.


Myrcene is one of the most prominent cannabis terpenes, and you can identify it as the earthy or musky smell that is found in most cannabis plants. It can also be found in mango, lemongrass, thyme, and hops. It is thought to be relaxing and calming.


As you may have guessed by its name, limonene has a fresh and zesty citrus aroma. Varieties such as Californian Orange, Orange Bud, and other members of the cannabis orange family have limonene in them. Many people find that limonene helps boost mood and relieve stress.


Linalool has a floral, lavender scent and many people find that it enhances their mood and promotes calm. It gives a floral scent to cannabis and is also found in lavender, coriander, and sweet basil. 


This terpene has a fresh pine smell and is also found in pine needles, rosemary, and dill. Some say that it improves alertness. It is one of the most common terpenes in the natural world, and it may be helpful for pain, inflammation, or anxiety. 


Humulene has an earthy smell, similar to that of hops. It can also be found in coriander, cloves, and basil. Some herbalists recommend its use as an anti-inflammatory.


Ocimene is found in mint, parsley, pepper, and orchids. This cannabis terpene smells sweet, with a hint of herbal and woody aroma. It is a very delicate terpene. 


Terpinolehas a sweet, floral smell mixed with pine. It can be found in nutmeg, tea tree, and conifers. It is believed to have uplifting effects.


In addition to the cannabis plant, caryophyllene can be found in black peppers, cloves, and cinnamon. If you’ve ever noticed a spicy, peppery smell in your buds, it’s most likely beta-caryophyllene. Some find this terpene helps with inflammation and pain relief.

Sticky Thumb – Marijuana Delivery San Francisco

We hope you found this overview of cannabis terpenes to be useful! We understand that the world of cannabis can be complex, and we’re here to help you find the cannabis product that meets your needs. It’s our job to find you the best products, and everything on our menus is tested by State Licensed testing facilities. We carry the brands you love, and we’re also always on the lookout for the next big thing! We serve San Francisco and the surrounding area, including Monterey, Salinas, and Peninsula. If you’re looking for weed delivery, look no further than Sticky Thumb