As explained in our feature, Talking Terpines with David Watson (the master crafter of the foundational hybrid Skunk #1), "terpenes, or terpenoids, are the compounds in cannabis that give the plant its unique smell. THC and the other cannabinoids have no odor, so marijuana’s compelling fragrance depends on which terpenes predominate. It’s the combination of terpenoids and THC that endows each strain with a specific psychoactive flavor." Thus, for any budding connoisseur of the herb, it is essential to understand what it is you are tasting and smelling...

...Just like a sommelier

 

Check Out The Most Common Terpenes (courtesy of Leafly):

Alpha-Pinene, Beta-Pinene

Aroma: Pine

Effects: Alertness, memory retention, counteracts some THC effects

Medical Value: Asthma, antiseptic

Also Found In: Pine needles, rosemary, basil, parsley, dill

*High Pinene Strains: Jack HererChemdawgBubba Kush,TrainwreckSuper Silver Haze

 

Read about the rest of the Terpenes and characteristics over at Leafly: Myrcene (Pure Kush, El Nino, Himalayan Gold, Skunk #1, White Widow), Limonene (OG Kush, Super Lemon Haze, Jack the Ripper, Lemon Skunk), Caryophyllene (Hash Plant), Linalool (G-13, Amnesia Haze, Lavender, LA Confidential)