What is Beta-Caryophyllene?

If the smell of fresh cracked pepper makes your nose itch, you can blame the prominent terpene beta-caryophyllene. Found in cloves, hops, cinnamon, oregano, basil, and black pepper, beta-caryophyllene is responsible for strong earthy aromas and flavors. Cannabis high in this terpene tends to taste peppery, woody, or earthy. Some individuals enjoy the flavor it provides and specifically seek out cannabis high in it. It can cause a slight tickle in the throat, especially with vape pens.


What is the terpene Pinene?

If your fresh cannabis smells like a Christmas tree and reminds you of winter break, you can bet it is high in the terpene Pinene. Pinene is one of the most commonly found terpenes in the natural world and in cannabis plants. Found in pine trees, dill, rosemary, and basil it is easily recognizable in both taste and smell. It provides a woody, pine like taste when smoked in cannabis and is popular with those who prefer more earthy tones. Pinene has a spicy, peppery smell that can tickle the nose and throat. However, Pinene is incredibly unattractive to insects, and can be used as a natural repellent. Synthetic versions of alpha-pinene and beta-pinene terpenes have been created and used as insect repellents.


Where is Limonene Found?

The invigorating and potent smell of lemon based cleaners is to blame on the prominent terpene Limonene. Found in citrus like orange, lime, and grapefruit, rosemary, and juniper, this terpene is responsible for the uplifting effects of cannabis. Limonene can produce a positive mood boost without triggering anxiety in many patients. This makes it great for individuals that need help balancing their low moods or as a perk in the morning.


If you browse through your local Medical Marijuana Treatment Centers (MMTCs) in Florida, you’ll find tons of different varieties and brands of marijuana. With so many options, it’s no wonder why medical marijuana patients rarely ask their board-certified medical marijuana physicians about the difference between smoking and vaping cannabis flower.

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