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Explained: Terpenes, CBG and CBN

Where does cannabis get its distinct scent?
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THUNDER BAY — Toke House carries a wide variety of cannabis strains, and choosing the right strain may depend on a few different things, such as flavour and aroma.

As we mentioned in previous articles, cannabis contains several aromatic compounds that determine its scent and flavour; these are called terpenes. Terpenes are that distinct musky, skunky, and pungent scent molecules found in cannabis.

Terpenes can also be found all around you in typical flowers and herbs, which is why people associate them with cannabis properties. What is interesting about terps, is that they each have their own effects, and when they group together, they form their own therapeutic and mood-altering effects (happy, relaxed, hungry, etc) after consumption.

“The combination of terpenes in Sour Diesel tell you of its pungent, gassy character, while Cherry Pie evokes the pleasant scent of sweet and sour cherry pie fresh out of the oven.” According to

There are more than 150 terpenes, but the most common ones found in cannabis are linalool, limonene, pinene, myrcene, and caryophyllene.

Here is some information on the three most common cannabis terpenes.


The myrcene terpene has musky or earthy notes. It gives cannabis a “mildly sweet flavour,” according to There is also research suggesting myrcene has anti-inflammatory properties.


This terpene carries a spicy or peppery scent. It is found in other plants such as oregano, rosemary, and black pepper.

Research suggests caryophyllene could ease symptoms of various conditions, including colitis, diabetes, anxiety, and depression.


As you might be able to tell from the name, limonene terpene carries a citrus scent and is found in various citrus fruits. 

Studies show limonene terpenes may increase the production of antibody-producing cells.

Besides providing cannabis with unique scents and flavours, different terpenes provide different sensations. There are various types of cannabis terpenes. Depending on the flavour or aroma you are looking to try, the knowledgeable staff at all Toke House locations are ready to answer any question you may have to make sure you get the products you want.

Cannabigerol and Cannabinol

Aside from the two most popular cannabinoids, tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) and cannabidiol (CBD), two less commonly known non-psychoactive compounds are cannabigerol (CBG) and cannabinol (CBN). Both CBG and CBN are lesser-known cannabinoids found in the cannabis plant. 

CBG is a minor cannabinoid because it is present in very low levels in most cannabis plants.

Like CBG, CBN is a non-intoxicating minor cannabinoid created when THC ages. It is typically present in high amounts in older cannabis.

The knowledgeable staff at all Toke House locations are ready to answer any question about terpenes, CBG, or CBN. To learn more about the various cannabis products available at Toke House in both Thunder Bay and the Dryden locations, visit their official website or call (807) 286-0048.


Information provided by Jacqueline Havelka and Emily Earlenbaugh,

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