Terpenes are responsible for the unique flavor and aroma of different strains of cannabis and are likely also the reason each strain has different effects. These aromatic essential oils form and grow within the plant and are abundant throughout the natural world.

This important component of the plant is the only other ingredient of our new delta-8 cartridges. 15% of our new delta-8 cartridge is a blend of the profile of terpenes in the strain Maui Wowie. 

The specific mix of this strain includes:

  • Myrcene
  • Limonene
  • Linalool
  • Caryophyllene
  • Pinene
  • Humulene

As an important part of our new cartridges, we wanted to take some time to discuss terpenes, where they exist in nature, and what they may bring to the table.


Myrcene is the most abundant terpene in cannabis, occurring in large amounts throughout a wide variety of strains.

Where to Find Myrcene in Nature

In addition to cannabis, myrcene shows up in significant quantities in hops, mangos, and lemongrass. If you’ve ever heard the anecdotal belief that eating mangos increases the effects of THC, this terpene would be the reason.

Effects of Myrcene

While the effects of myrcene on humans are still uncertain, animal studies have shown promising results. Among the potential benefits of this terpene are:

  • Stress and anxiety relief
  • Antioxidant properties
  • Anti-inflammatory action
  • Analgesic (pain-relief) qualities

While its potential is still unknown, it’s likely beneficial for every strain it touches and the people who consume it.


Often abundant in strains consumers consider Sativa-leaning, limonene is a sought-after terpene for cannabis connoisseurs. 

Where to Find Limonene in Nature

This terpene is abundant in fruit rinds  —  particularly citric fruit like lemons and limes. It also shows up in rosemary, peppermint, and juniper. 

If you’ve ever had a lemon essential oil, this terpene was a large part of what you were smelling. 

Effects of Limonene 

Ironically, a large part of the purpose of this sought-after terpene is as a repellent within the plant. Limonene is a natural, non-toxic pesticide cannabis likely evolved to create as a way to ward off pests.

As for how it affects humans, the jury is still out. Research is quite limited on its effect but some believe this terpene brings on euphoria and has anti-anxiety properties.


You may not know this terpene directly but it’s unlikely you haven’t had some experience with it in the past. Linalool is a fantastic addition to any strain it may show up in but is more commonly in essential oil diffusers.

Where to Find Linalool in Nature

One of the most abundant producers of linalool is the lavender plant. This terpene is the number one ingredient for the essential oil of this plant and is likely responsible for any perceived benefit someone might feel from lavender.

Effects of Linalool 

Using lavender essential oil for relaxation, to improve sleep, and to calm anxious nerves is common and this terpene is the heavy lifter of this operation. While linalool suffers from the same lack of research as other terpenes, anecdotal evidence for this is overwhelming.


This is the only terpene we know of in cannabis also capable of communicating with endocannabinoid receptors.

Where to Find Caryophyllene in Nature

Caryophyllene is no stronger than the natural world. It appears abundantly in peppercorn, cinnamon, and cloves.

Effects of Caryophyllene 

A common home remedy for headaches is to chew on a peppercorn and this terpene is the reason it might work. As a terpene and a cannabinoid in one, caryophyllene may have anti-inflammatory and analgesic properties.


This common terpene creates a fantastic aroma and flavor within cannabis and beyond. Whether you know it or not, some of your fondest memories may be of this smell.

Where to Find Pinene in Nature

Comprising many favorite smells is the terpene pinene. As the name suggests, pine needles have high levels of this terpene but it’s also abundant in rosemary, dill, and basil. 

Effects of Pinene 

One report looking into pinene refers to the terpene as a “miracle gift of nature” within the title. According to the paper:

 A wide range of pharmacological activities have been reported, including antibiotic resistance modulation, anticoagulant, antitumor, antimicrobial, antimalarial, antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, anti-Leishmania, and analgesic effects.


This terpene is rarely abundant in cannabis but has the potential for some exciting properties. 

Where to Find Humulene in Nature

Though occurring in small quantities in cannabis, humulene is abundant in sage, hops, and ginseng. While there isn’t often a large amount of this terpene, it occurs pretty regularly in a variety of strains.

Effects of Humulene 

Like the other terpenes, the lack of research into humulene showcases some exciting potential but stops short of confirming benefits. Among the potential effects, humulene may have anti-bacterial, anti-inflammatory, and appetite-suppressant capabilities. 

Conclusion: Ready to Try These Terpenes for Yourself?

Its likely terpenes are largely responsible for the potency and quality of cannabis. Though tragically under-studied, terpenes hold a massive amount of potential.

Regardless of their effects, a good terpene profile is responsible for the flavor, smell, and effect of cannabis. If you want to check out some of the effects of terpenes for yourself  —  along with a healthy dose of delta-8 THC  —  check out our new Maui Wowie cartridge today.