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High Terpene Strains

If you are looking for some really tasty cannabis strains that are going to tantalize your taste buds, you’ve come to the right place. Today, we want to take a look at several strains with high levels of terpenes. The higher the terpenes, the more aroma and flavor those strains are going to have.

The weed with the highest terpenes is also going to be the weed with the most and the best flavors. So, what strain has the highest terpenes? This is just one question we’re here to answer today! Let’s get to it and take a look at some of the best high-terpene strains out there right now.

Key Takeaways

  • Terpenes are what give cannabis its flavor.
  • There are both primary and secondary terpenes.
  • Terpenes also have their own benefits for the mind and body.

What are Cannabis Terpenes

Cannabis terpenes are compounds contained in cannabis that produce its aroma and flavor. Technically speaking, terpenes are present in much more than just cannabis. Some people say that terpenes are like essential oils, which is somewhat true.

Terpenes are the most important substance contained within essential oils that produce their scents. Various plants, such as herbs, fruits, cannabis, teas, and more all contain terpenes, and they dictate the various scents and aromas they have.

On an interesting side note, terpenes can also be found in fish scales, egg yolk, and feathers. The unique combination of terpenes that any single cannabis strain contains is going to dictate what it smells like. With that being said, terpenes don’t just dictate aroma, because they do also have some potential benefits for the mind and body.

Most Common Cannabis Terpenes

Cannabis plants contain both primary terpenes and secondary terpenes. First, we have the primary cannabis terpenes, which dictate how the plant tastes, smells, and looks, with secondary terpenes having more to do with the depth of that aroma.

You can look at it simply like the primary terpenes are what you smell and taste first, the main aromas, with the secondary terpenes being those subtle notes that you taste on the back of your tongue.

What many people don’t understand is that terpenes actually have a lot to do with deciding whether a cannabis strain is a Sativa or an Indica. Or in other words, Indica strains and Sativa strains have certain terpenes that are primary and certain terpenes that are secondary. Let’s take a closer look at some of the most common primary terpenes and the most common secondary terpenes.

Common Primary Terpenes

Let’s take a quick look at the primary terpenes most commonly found in cannabis.


Limonene, as the name implies, has a citrusy scent. This terpene is most commonly found in citrus fruits, and when in cannabis, lends a citrusy and orange-like flavor.

This terpene is also known to help elevate moods, help reduce anxious thoughts and depression, and may also act as an aid for digestion. It’s also known for being arousing.


We then have humulene, another primary terpene, and this one features a spicy, earthy, and woody aroma, often with a bitter undertone. The number one plant that contains this terpene is hops. This terpene is known for being a strong anti-inflammatory agent and may also be an appetite suppressant.


We then have pinene, which is most commonly taken from the resin of pine trees, hence its name. As you can guess, it does smell like pine trees and nature. It also has quite an earthy aroma. In terms of its benefits, it is thought to be an antibacterial agent as well as an anti-inflammatory.


Here we have a terpene that resembles cloves, as it has a very musky and earthy aroma. It also has a bit of a fruity smell. This terpene is known for producing a sense of body relaxation, to the point of couch lock. It is also thought to produce a mild sense of euphoria and to help the human brain better absorb other cannabinoids.


We then have linalool, a terpene characterized by a citrusy, sweet, and floral smell. This terpene is commonly found in cannabis, mint varieties, and lavender. It is known for being a sedative and an analgesic.


Another common terpene found in cannabis is caryophyllene, which is characterized by a spicy, peppery, and woody aroma. This terpene is often found in cloves, Thai basil, black pepper, and cannabis. It is thought to have anti-inflammatory, antidepressant, antiseptic, and analgesic effects.


Terpinolene is present in rosemary, sage, lilac, nutmeg, cumin, and other spices. It has mild to moderate sedative effects. It features a herbaceous, floral, citrusy, and piney aroma.


Ocimene features a sweet and woodsy aroma, with it being present in cannabis, mint, mango, tarragon, parsley, and more. Ocimene is known for being calming, soothing, and sedating. It’s a great terpene to vape.

Common Secondary Terpenes

Let’s take a quick look at the secondary terpenes most commonly found in cannabis.


Here we have a terpene known for producing anti-anxiety and sedative effects. It may also be an anti-inflammatory. Phytol as a terpene is characterized by floral notes.


This terpene features a very minty flavor with a metallic undertone. It is known for being a powerful analgesic and an anti-inflammatory.


This terpene is not a very common one, but it does have a very spicy and peppery aroma. Some people even say that it smells like freshly baked pumpkin pie. It is known for having antioxidant and antibacterial properties.


If you like mint and menthol, then this is the terpene for you. It is both antifungal and antibacterial in nature.


Camphene features a pungent and strong odor, like wet earth, damp wood, and soaking wet pine needles. This terpene has pain reduction, antifungal, and anti-inflammatory properties.

High Terpene Strains

Now that we know about the most common primary and secondary terpenes, let’s take a look at some strains with high terpenes.

Lemon Diesel

Lemon Diesel is a hybrid strain, crossed between Lost Coast OG and California Sour. It features a relatively low THC level of 17%, with effects that are energetic and focused, yet also relaxing. It’s a good daytime weed for both beginners and pros alike.

People also say that this is a creeper, which means that it takes a while to hit you. The two main terpenes in Lemon Diesel are myrcene and limonene, which is why it has a sweet, lemony, citrusy, fruity, and peppery aroma and flavor. Check out our Botany Farms Lemon Diesel Strain right here.

Godfather OG

Godfather OG contains many terpenes, including myrcene, pinene, and caryophyllene, which is why it has a spicy, pungent, piney, earthy, and grape-like flavor. This is a very potent strain that is made by crossing Alpha OG with XXX OG, a strong Indica strain that contains a moderate 19% THC.

That said, some specimens can go up to 28% THC, so caution should be exercised. It’s a good option for helping to relieve pain and insomnia, as it has sedative effects. It’s the type of strain that is going to make you hungry and sleepy. This Delta-8 THC Godfather OG Flower might be right for you.

Bubba Kush

Bubba Kush is a strain that contains plenty of limonene, myrcene, and caryophyllene, which come together to produce a very complex flavor profile characterized by a hash-like, chocolatey, and coffee-like flavor with hints of earthiness and citrus.

This is a sleep-inducing Indica strain that contains around 17% THC. Although it does contain moderate THC levels, it is well known for putting you to sleep. It’s also going to produce full body relaxation, it will make you feel heavy, tingly, and very calm as well. With seemingly countless options of Indica Dominant Bubba Strains, there is certainly the perfect strain out there for you to enjoy.


The main terpenes contained in Marionberry, also known as Marionberry Kush, include terpinolene, humulene, and ocimene. This produces an earthy, sour, sweet, and smooth flavor, kind of like berries.

This is a hybrid strain with 20% THC, a Sativa dominant strain that is going to make you feel energetic, happy, and uplifted. It will relax you, but won’t put you to sleep.

Sour Diesel

We then have sour diesel, a strain characterized by 90% THC, a Sativa that is known for having uplifting effects. It is going to make you feel energized, alert, and quite dreamy.

Sour Diesel produces quite a strong cerebral head high that will make you feel quite euphoric and happy. It’s a good option for helping to treat stress, pain, and depression. This is a cross between Super Skunk and Chemdawg.

Sour Diesel contains many terpenes, including caryophyllene, myrcene, limonene, pinene, and camphene, which come together to produce a very pungent, diesel and gas-like, and chemically-citrusy aroma.

Dutch Treat

Here we have a hybrid strain made by crossing paths with Northern Lights. This is an Indica dominant strain that is going to feel very euphoric, uplifted, and a bit energetic too, at least at first, before it makes you sink into the couch.

Which features a moderate 19% THC, so it should be fine for most people. This strain smells like pine, nucleus, and sweet fruits. The primary terpenes contained in Dutch Treat include terpinolene and limonene.

Fire Alien Strawberry

Here we have a hybrid strain that is super sticky and covered in resin. This is a mix between Fire Alien Kush and Strawberry Cough. This is a Sativa dominant strain so it’s going to make you feel a bit energetic and focused but also produce a very strong euphoric head high.

It’s also a strain that makes you feel very hungry. The two dominant terpenes here are pinene and myrcene, along with some camphene, humulene, and limonene, which is why it has a spicy and herbal flavor, along with a hint of strawberry. It has 23% THC, so it’s quite strong.

Bruce Banner

Bruce Banner is a Sativa dominant strain that can contain up to 21% THC. It features a very euphoric, energetic, and creative high. It’s a good option for seasoned smokers looking for a strong daytime weed, and beginners should take caution and only smoke a little bit.

The two dominant terpenes here include myrcene and caryophyllene, producing quite a unique strawberry-like flavor.

Animal Cookies

Animal Cookies is a hybrid cannabis strain that is a cross between Fire OG and Girl Scout Cookies. It is Indica dominant, so it should make you feel very heavy, relaxed, and calm.

It can also make you feel hungry and very tired. It contains a lot of caryophyllene, myrcene, and pinene, which come together to produce quite a sweet and cookie-like flavor.

OG Glue

As the name implies, here we have a strain that is going to make you feel like you are glued to the couch. It’s a cross between Chocolate Diesel, Sour Dubb, and Chem’s Sister.

It contains around 20% THC, with effects that are going to make you feel sedated, relaxed, hungry, but also euphoric. It features a very pungent, sour, and earthy aroma. The main terpenes contained in OG glue are Caryophyllene, humulene, and camphene.

Wedding Cake

Here we have a very potent Indica dominant cannabis strain that contains open 24% THC. It’s very strong and definitely not recommended for beginners. It produces very strong euphoric effects on both the mind and the body, it’s very relaxing, and sedating, and will lock you into your couch.

It is a very strong Indica no doubt, a cross between Animal Mints and Triangle Kush. Has a very tangy and rich flavor with an earthy and peppery undertone. The dominant terpenes here include caryophyllene, humulene, and limonene.

Blue Dream

Blue Dream is made by crossing Haze with Blueberry and Haze. It is a Sativa dominant hybrid that makes you feel stimulated in your head but relaxed in your body, complete with a moderate 18% THC level. The dominant terpene here is myrcene, along with some others, which produce a blueberry-like flavor.

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