Why Does My Cannabis Smell Like Lemons?: An Introduction to Terpenes

There’s a lot going on inside a cannabis plant. It’s made up of hundreds of organic compounds, one large class of which are terpenes.

Terpenes are what gives each cannabis strain its distinctive taste and smell. Terpenes aren’t exclusive to cannabis; they’re produced by many plants, including lavender, rosemary, mint, and basil, to provide protection from insects and disease. They’re also the building blocks of essential oils, and are used in many fragrances and flavorings.

More Than Just a Pretty Scent

In addition to their aromatic properties, terpenes are said to have a variety of therapeutic benefits, including antidepressant, anti-inflammatory, and antioxidant effects. Three of the most common terpenes found in medical cannabis are limonene, pinene, and myrcene.

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Limonene is often found in sativa strains. It has a strong citrus flavor and smell, and has anti-inflammatory, anticancer, antidepressant, anti-anxiety, anti-diabetic, and antifungal properties. It also

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