June 3, 2022

Terpenes and the Entourage Effect

Terpenes (terps) are a naturally occurring molecule found in most flowering and fruit plants and are the botanical compound responsible for the bright smell of citrus or the relaxing aroma of lavender. Terpenes act as a natural pest repellent while also attracting beneficial pollinators like bees. Beyond their natural role, terpenes can produce specific effects that target issues like stress and should be taken into consideration when looking for a product to fit individual needs. There are over 400 known terpenes in different varieties of Cannabis, with around ten of those being the most commonly occurring. Terpenes will not produce a high, however, they are thought to be psychoactive due to the interactions and effects they have with the brain.


Terpenes work with cannabinoids like Delta-8 in a process known as the entourage effect, a process by which individual compounds within the cannabis plant produce enhanced effects when working together.  Levels of THC, the most commonly occurring cannabinoid, are thought by many people to be the most important factor when choosing a cannabis product. However, due to the entourage effect, the interaction between cannabinoids like Delta-8 THC and terpenes should be given more attention when looking to target specific needs.



If you want to kick back and unwind after a long day, look for D8 products with linalool, a terpene present in plants like lavender, orange blossom, and sweet basil. Cannabis varieties that produce these effects are commonly listed as Indica (one of our carts- hyperlink). If you need an energy boost, look for terpenes like pinene and limonene, found in higher volume in Sativa varieties (Sativa flower- hyperlink). Products that have undergone proper testing will provide information on which terpenes are present in individual batches, making it easier to decide which varieties will produce your desired effect.