One of the most important jobs we have here at Natural Ways involves talking to customers about cannabis and how it works to support health and wellness.

Customers want to know why terpenes are such a big deal. They’ve seen the word thrown around in online forums or used in articles about cannabis, but they aren’t sure why it’s important.

We hope to clear up the confusion, but the short answer is that terpenes in cannabis are incredibly important because they make CBD and other cannabinoids work better.

That’s why you want to make sure your CBD products are made with an emphasis on preserving as many terpenes as possible.

Natural Ways is committed to making sure every full spectrum and broad-spectrum CBD product we carry has been made using extraction methods that preserve the greatest amount of terpenes.

Terpene-rich extracts mean more effective CBD products and better results for you!

Now for the science:

Terpenes are naturally occurring chemical compounds found in all plants. They give plants their smell, taste, and sometimes even their color. When you sniff a rose in bloom or taste the bite of an onion, you’re taking in terpenes.

Cannabis plants are no different than that rose or the onion; they have terpenes that give them their own distinctive tastes and smells, too. But unlike roses or onions, the terpenes in cannabis are being studied for their potential protective and medicinal attributes.

Some studies suggest that cannabis terpenes may have antioxidant properties and may boost the efficacy of cannabinoids (like CBD) found naturally in cannabis.

Interestingly, terpenes don’t just benefit humans. They support pet health, too, and they also help plants protect themselves against other plants!

Cannabis terpenes, while a critical component of full and broad-spectrum CBD products, are easier to detect in CBD flower than in oils.

Customers visiting the bud bars at Natural Ways stores are always amazed when we open up the jars of our hemp flower. The aromas range from sweet and tangy to sharp and skunky with all varieties in between!

The best way to experience cannabis terpenes is to smell them wafting up out of a jar of flower buds!


How do terpenes work in CBD flower?

Research is showing that terpenes, more specifically the combination or proportions of certain terpenes, give cannabis flower its “sativa” or “indica” leaning.

That means some terpenes will result in a more uplifting experience (sativa) and others will have a more relaxing effect (indica).

Terpene blends also give different cannabis strains their flavor.

There is no indication that terpenes cause an intoxicating effect. This is true regardless of whether the cannabis is hemp (less than 0.3% THC) or marijuana (more than 0.3% THC).

Hemp flower contains many different terpenes. The list below gives you an idea of some of them. Note, too, that some of the terpenes listed aren’t unique to hemp but are also found in other plants!



Also found in pine trees, pinene is one of the most common terpenes in hemp, and it appears to have antioxidant benefits.


Humulene is an earthy terpene that is also found in the hops used to make beer.


Caryophyllene is one of the most common terpenes found in hemp, and it’s also the only terpene known to stimulate the CB1 and CB2 receptors in the brain. It has a spicy taste and is also found in black pepper.


This terpene is common in hemp flower and has a powerful citrus aroma that resembles lemon zest. Chemically, limonene is very similar in structure to CBD, and it is found in all citrus fruits.


Every strain of Cannabis sativa contains at least some myrcene, and in most strains, myrcene is the dominant terpene. This terpene has an earthy aroma.

Want to experience the power of terpenes?

Visit our brick-and-mortar stores if you’re in the Houston area or shop with us online for the best selection of quality terpene-rich products. We carry an incredible array of American-grown hemp flower strains, sublingual oils for people and pets, effective and aromatic CBD topicals, and a wide assortment of gummies and other edibles that all contain full or broad-spectrum CBD (terpene rich) extracts.

Terpenes make the difference, and we can’t wait to show you how!

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