What Are Terpenes?


Not all cannabis smells or tastes the same, and it all boils down to terpenes. Simply terpenes determine the flavor and effect. The skunk smell is cannabis’s most notable fragrance, as we all know. But, ask any smoker, and they will tell you, there are subtle varying flavors as well. Different cannabis strains have subtle variations in scent and flavor. Terpenes create the distinct flavor profiles for each. But did you know, terpenes do so much more? Learn what terpenes are, why they matter, and what RVDCBD’s terpene flavor profiles are.

What are Terpenes?

Terpenes are natures way of protecting and spreading plants. On a microscopic level, terpenes are the sticky, translucent glands found on tiny little hairs called trichomes. These hairs cover the surface of buds, leaves, and stems. The hairs, or trichomes, produce terpenes.


Terpenes are the compounds that looks like dust on cannabis. That dust like substance adds color, pigmentation, and scent to the plant’s leaves and buds. Terpenes are a plant’s first line of defense and best form of spreading the seed.

Why Terpenes Matter?

Terpenes determine flavor, but that’s not all. Other than giving flowers their scent, cannabis terpenes produce therapeutic effects. Scientists believe terpenes enhance or alter the euphoria from THC, aka the entourage effect. Remember, broad-spectrum has no THC, but full-spectrum does. For more on the three types of CBD (isolate, broad-spectrum and full-spectrum) click here. In a study done on epileptic patience in 2018, people who took a broad-spectrum CBD tincture had better relief from symptoms with less side effects than those who used a CBD isolate. It’s important to note, CBD isolates do not contain terpenes. Isolating CBD compounds excludes terpenes. Broad-spectrum and full-spectrum CBD products, however, do contain terpenes.

Most Notable Terpenes

LimoneneCitrus such as lemon and/or orangeanti-inflammatory, antioxidant, disease preventing potential
PinenePine forest scentantioxidant, antimicrobial, and anti-inflammatory
LinaloolLavenderantimicrobial, stress reliever
MyrceneTropical Fruit like mangos and guavaanti-inflammatory, and sleep aid
Beta-caryophylleneHerb and Spice (Black Cracked Pepper or Oregano)anti-inflammatory, antimicrobial, antibacterial, antioxidant, alleviates pain, and reduces cholesterol
HumuleneHops, Earthy, wood and spiceantibacterial, anti-inflammatory, energy boosting
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When choosing your next raw cannabis flower, choose with intent. Pick cannabis with confidence knowing more about what each terpene smells like, tastes like, and what effect they can provide.

RVDCBD’s Raw Flower Strains & Smokables

Smokable RVDCBD ProductTerpene Profile Strain
Sour Space CandySour Space Candy Flower has hints of pine and citrus, and originates from a cross between Early Resin Berry and Sour Tsunami strains.Hybrid from Sour Tsunami (Sativa-dominant) & Early Resin Berry’s strain (similarities to the Kush strain with much higher CBD content than THC).
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Purple SunsetPurple Sunset has fruity tastes of citrus, grape, berries and plum, and originates from a cross between 3 strains: Purple Punch, Mandarin Sunset, & Mandarin Cookies.Indica-leaning hybrid with 60% indica and 40% Sativa. For more info, click here.
RemedyRemedy has notes of strong pungent, herbs, mints, and lemony pine, and is a cross between Afghan Skunk and Cannatonic.Indica strain. For more info, click here.
White CBGWhite CBG has notes of light pine, lemon and sandalwood, and is known as the mother of CBD and THC.Early harvested Sativa. For more info, click here.
SpectrumSpectrum has strong fragrances of herbs with subtle hints of mint and spice followed by earthy soil notes, it origins are very unclear, but it has compounds like its name suggests—the whole spectrum.Indica-dominant hybrid. For more info, click here.
Ekto Kooler ConcentrateEkto Kooler has gassy-citrus flavors based on the 80’s throw back to Ekto Kooler Hi-C Punch.
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Cherry Pie ConcentrateCherry Pie has sweet, pungent, earthy, and sour flavors, and is a cross of Grandaddy Purple and Durban Poison.For more info, click here.

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