Find Your Entourage: Terpene Journey's Exclusive Cannabis Terpene Shopping Guide

Flavor and aromas in cannabis are created by terpenes.  Terpenes also shape the effects of cannabis  -- just think of smelling lavender and the calmness it instills.

For years, the cannabis industry has sidelined terpenes as "supporting" characters even as science increasingly has shown they play a huge role in the experience of different strains, a role known as the "entourage effect".

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Despite this, most dispensaries push the strains with the highest THC % even though lower testing cultivars that are terpene rich often have more pleasant and intense effects.

   Go beyond indica and sativa at Terpene Journey    

   In 2021, Terpene Journey introduces our exclusive terpene-first shopping experience --  a carefully curated menu paired with a thoughtfully designed terpene bar, a colorful spectrum of cannabis terpene icons arranged left to right from more energizing terpenes to more calming terpenes.    

   The Terpene Bar    

cannabis terpene fruity icon red with starcannabis terpenes icon for citrus marijuana terpene orange circle with yellow sunhumulene cannabis terpene icon earthy with green and blue circlepinene pine cannabis terpene icon green circle with trianglegeraniol cannabis terpene icon for rose flavor blue circle and pink diamons iconmygrene cannabis terpens icon with blue circle and yellow arrows for herbal terpenlinalool cannabis terpene icon with purple circle for lavender terpene

Use the terpene bar icons to help select products using filters on our online menu or visit our store to see the terpene bar in living color.  Our aim is to simplify, inform, and celebrate in full color.    

Your Nose is Your Guide

Read more below about what to look for in your cannabis.  Prominent cannabis terpenes listed in order from generally most energizing to generally most calming.  The effects of any given terpene may change in the presence of other compounds.

More research is needed to understand each terpene’s effect when used with others.
Our goal at Terpene Journey is to bring awareness of terpenes to help consumers make more informed decisions about their cannabis and their experience.  


Complex aroma, essences of wood and essences of fruit -- in a word, fresh.

Also found in:
Lilacs, sage, rosemary, apples, tea tree, cumin, nutmeg

Why add to your entourage:
Terpinolene is rarely going to be the most prominent player in a strain but that’s part of its beauty -- mildly sedating on its own, terpinolene can sometimes pair well with the more energizing terpene limonene.  Add terpinolene to your entourage to give an energy infused with the wonder and awe afforded by taking a step back and just letting the energy flow through you.

fruit cannabis terpene with sliced apple and red icon
citrus cannabis terpene orange with icon



Also found in:
Fruit rinds, rosemary, juniper, peppermint

Why add to your entourage:
Just thinking of lemonade conjures up images of sunshine and stress relief and that’s just how limonene can infuse the energy in a cannabis strain. For some, limonene adds that crucial aspect of motivation to a high to get things done.


Pepper, spicy, woody, cloves

Also found in:
Black pepper, cloves, cinnamon

Why add to your entourage:
The zest of life one can feel when smelling something spicy greatly embodies this terpene. Caryophyllene appears to more directly impact the body than mind with relaxation properties for the body that set the stage for directing your mind in energetic ways, potentially with other terpenes in your entourage.

peppery cannabis terpenes image of bowl of pepper and icon in yellow
humulene cannabis terpene image of plant and green icon


Hops, woody, earthy

Also found in:
Hops, coriander, cloves, basil

Why add to your entourage:
A close relative of Caryophyllene, Humulene helps amplify the relaxing body effects of caryophyllene.


Floral, rose

Also found in:
Citronella oil, rose oil and palmarosa oil

Why add to your entourage:
Think of a rose garden walk as summer begins and you’re transported instantly to the relaxing, creative vibe Geraniol gives some people. More relaxing than Pinene, Geraniol may suit activities where focus is less of a concern, potentially creative pursuits.

pink rose laying in table with icon for terpenes dispensary in swampscott
herbal cannabis terpene with a herb lay flat and blue herbal icon


Cardamom, cloves, musky, earthy, herbal

Also found in:
Mango, lemongrass, thyme, hops

Why add to your entourage:
The most prevalent terpene in cannabis, Myrcene is well known to promote relief from body associated pain and will give that ‘couch lock’ effect. Can be mildly sedative for some and induce sleep.



Also found in:
Lavender, birch bark

Why add to your entourage:
For some, linalool unlocks the ability to melt all your cares down the drain (just think of a lavender bath bomb). Look for linalool to calm the energy in your mind.

lavender in a glass with icons showwing different cannabis terpenes

And, just as in life, the diversity and vibrancy of cannabis aromas and flavors means more diverse experiences.

Terpene Journey aims to change how cannabis is bought and bring greater transparency and understanding of what’s in our weed.

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