What Strains to Try When You Crave Specific Terpene Flavors
If you love weed, you might be able to distinguish the different flavors in your bud.
And now, thanks to this guide, you can choose strains based on which flavors you want to try ASAP!
Terpenes are the chemicals and compounds responsible for giving strains their specific aroma, flavor, and sometimes, even effects and medical benefits. Terpenes are found in a number of different food products including mangoes, basil, pepper, and more.
That’s part of the reason why if you eat a mango around 40 minutes before smoking, some have said that your high is even more enhanced. That’s because the terpene myrcene is apparent in both mangoes and in certain cannabis strains.
Whether you’re looking for sweet, savory, or anything in between, you’ll be shocked to know just how many terpene flavors can be found in your cannabis products.
1. Feeling berrylicious?
If you’re craving fruity and light terpene flavors to go with a sweet vibe, you might want a strain that tastes like berries!
Imagine baking a berry pie or having a fruit salad and pairing your delicious treats with these potent strains!
Strains that taste or smell like berries typically contain the terpene called limonene. Limonene is responsible for most fruity, citrusy, and lemon-y flavored cannabis strains! It’s also known to curb depression and anxiety in some people and may also relieve stress.
2. Spice up your life!
Maybe you’re looking for terpene flavors in strains that’ll tantalize the senses, so you probably want one that has a little kick to it.
But don’t worry, you can handle it!
Pair it with some chips and salsa for a fiery treat, some curry for an explosion of flavor, or some ice cream to neutralize the spice. Any excuse to have ice cream, right?
The terpene that’s responsible for a peppery, wood-like, spicy terpene flavors is caryophyllene.
It’s known for having potential medical benefits such as being an antioxidant, treating inflammation and muscle spasms, and may help with insomnia.
3. Tropical dreams
Dreaming of your next tropical vacation?
Take off early with a cannabis strain that has the terpene flavors that’ll mentally take you to a tropical beach. Strains like Banana Kush and Malawi Pineapple will show you how to get to your happy place.
Pair these strains with seafood and tropical fruits to feel like you’re really on a beach in Hawaii.
Plane tickets are too expensive anyway, and this is almost as good!
Tropical flavors are usually thanks to the terpene linalool. Like a tropical vacation, strains with linalool have been known to induce sedative and calming effects. People have also reported that it helps with insomnia, stress, depression, and anxiety.
4. Orange grove
Nothing is more refreshing than the citrus-y goodness that orange terpene flavors provide.
Both sweet and sour, oranges have such a distinct flavor, and it’s even better when you can taste it in your cannabis products.
You’ll love these strains with a tall glass of orange juice during your delicious and nutritious breakfast. First time to wake-n-baking? Here’s what to expect.
Your orange flavored cannabis strains probably have quite a bit of the terpene limonene in it. Enjoy this particular terpene for multiple potential medicinal and recreational effects.
5. Say cheese!
Who doesn’t love cheese? Even if you’re lactose intolerant or vegan, you can still enjoy the savory, sharp, and salty terpene flavors of our favorite dairy product. Strains like Ingrid have that cheesy goodness that you’re looking for. Enjoy those flavorful strains with a platter of cheese and fruit for a light and flavorful munchie snack. Or just some cheese puffs if you’re not feeling fancy today.
Terpene combinations of caryophyllene, pinene, and linalool could be responsible for the pungent cheesiness of some strains. Caryophyllene typically makes a strain taste peppery or spicy. Pinene usually has a sharp yet sweet aroma. And linalool makes for the touch of floral spice.
6. Get back to your earthy roots
Cannabis comes from the earth, so sometimes we just want to taste the roots of where our cannabis products come from. You can enjoy an earthy flavor and aroma with many kinds of cannabis. Strains like Sour Diesel, OG Kush, Jack Herer, and Headband will get you feeling closer to the earth. These strains are best enjoyed with organic fruits and veggies from your local farmer’s market to further connect with nature.
The root of these all-natural terpene flavors typically come from the terpenes myrcene and humulene. Myrcene packs flavors like cloves, musk, and herbal aromas. Humulene has that classic woody and earthy flavor.
7. Minty freshness
Looking for that refreshing flavor that will cool down your body and your mind? The fresh and invigorating terpene flavors you’re looking for are minty strains. Strains like Thin Mint Cookies and Mint Chocolate Chip are sure to deliver the revitalizing flavor that you’re pining for. Enjoy with a big garlic-y, onion-y dish to give yourself the peace of mind that your cannabis may just be making your breath smell fresher. But really, you should brush your teeth after that meal. Just to be safe.
The terpene pinene is likely responsible for the sharp and sweet taste and aroma that a minty strain would provide. Pinene is also a great terpene for inspiring memory retention and alertness (Yes, you read that right. Cannabis doesn’t just make you sleepy and passive!).
8. Rich vanilla
Like a freshly baked cookie or creamy and satisfying ice cream, vanilla is a classic flavor that never goes out of style. The rich sweetness that the terpene flavors that vanilla supplies are unlike any other. Strains like Mendo Breath and Nightmare Cookies will give you that sweet and satisfying flavor that you’re looking for. Pair this with, well, chocolate! Did you think I was going to say vanilla! A vanilla-flavored strain paired with a vanilla-flavored treat is just so…vanilla. But hey, if that’s what you’re into, we don’t judge!
Combinations of terpenes like myrcene and linalool both have notes of rich vanilla flavors. Myrcene has a more herbal and musky flavor, while linalool has the spice and floral notes.
9. Calming lavender
Lavender is known as the beautiful purple flower that smells so sweet and is usually associated with relaxation and sleep. The terpene flavors of strains that are reminiscent of lavender can be just as relaxing! Strains like Lavender and Green Goddess have that sweet and calming aroma that lavender provides.
Linalool is the terpene responsible for any lavender aroma or taste when it comes to your cannabis products. That particular terpene is, like the lavender flower, known to promote sedative and calming effects in its associated strains. Light up some candles, and enjoy a relaxing bubble bath with any strains that remind you of lavender, and you’ll be in for a relaxing time.
10. Wake up and smell the grind
Leave a comment below if you’re a fellow wake-n-baker! If you’re one of the many people who love the combination of coffee and weed, you’ll definitely have to try out some of the strains whose terpene flavors taste and smell like coffee! Strains like Bubba Kush and Mint Chocolate Chip can inspire the rise and grind that coffee can kick into gear. The combination of coffee and cannabis can provide for an uplifting and motivating experience yet with a relaxed and stress-free headspace.
Terpenes like humulene and linalool are likely responsible for giving strains their coffee aroma. Humulene, like coffee, can be a great terpene for suppressing your appetite. So if you’ve been known to get the munchies bad, try a strain with the humulene terpene next time.
11. Sweet flower
Stop and smell the roses every once in a while with terpene flavors that remind you of a garden full of flowers! Flowers have a unique smell that can instantly remind you of the sweetness of nature. Strains like Blue Dream, Grand Daddy Purple, Bubba Kush, and Cherry Pie have a floral aroma experience that can have the power to completely put you at ease.
Linalool is the terpene responsible for making strains smell like flowers. Linalool can also be helpful when it comes to treating stress, depression, anxiety, and sleep disorders.
12. Your cup of tea
Just like coffee, there are strains that taste and smell just like a warm cup of soothing tea. Steep in your senses and enjoy a comforting experience. Strains like Black Lime are among the strains that have terpene flavors that resemble tea. A number of terpenes can be responsible for this leafy blend, but linalool is probably the most popular one. Linalool is also found in lavender, citrus, laurel, birch, and rosewood. Linalool is also a good terpene when it comes to treating anxiety, pain, and convulsions. Pair with a lovely cup of tea in the evening, or in the morning, or whenever you drink your tea!
13. Sour lemon
One of the most popular cannabis strain terpene flavors is lemon! Many strains are even named because of its terpene flavor profile, like Super Lemon Haze. But even strains like Headband, Fire OG, and Tangie have the refreshing and flavorful taste and smell of lemon-y goodness.
The terpene responsible for lemon-tasting strains is none other than limonene. Limonene has been known to promote an elevated mood while stress evaporates away.
Enjoy with refreshingly cold lemonade for an overall deliciously sour and sweet experience.
14. Log cabin vibes
Are you all about that natural life? Well, a cannabis strain with woody terpene flavors might be right up your alley. Keep it simple and natural with strains like OG Kush, Jack Herer, Bubba Kush, and Chemdawg for your down-to-earth experience.
Terpenes like caryophyllene and humulene both have woody characteristics that give any strain the aroma and taste like it’s fresh out of the forest.
We recommend enjoying these kinds of strains in the comfort of a wood cabin near a fireplace.
15. Skunky dankness
You know the smell of skunk, and you probably don’t like it very much. But the cannabis strains that have skunky terpene flavors are a little bit different, and actually are quite enjoyable. Skunk is another popular flavor among cannabis strains in general. Some of those strains in include Sour Diesel and Super Lemon Haze. Myrcene is the terpene responsible for any potent skunk smells because of its musky aroma. This terpene is also known to inspire the famous “couch-lock” symptom of many of the more relaxing cannabis strains. So we recommend that you pair skunky strains with a nice, long nap.
16. Fill up the tank
Diesel may be a strange flavor when it comes to cannabis strains, but it’s one of the most common terpene flavors around. And many people have grown to really enjoy it! Popular strains like Sour Diesel, GG4 (formerly known as Original Glue #4), Durban Poison, Headband, and Chemdawg are among the many strains that resemble a diesel-like aroma and flavor. Terpenes like myrcene, limonene, and caryophyllene are probably responsible for this strange and unique flavor. These strains really are reminiscent of the pungent gas/oil-y aroma of diesel. Give it a try next time for a unique and memorable flavor experience!