Terpenes within a product—and the impact they produce—is not always an easy correlation. Often, familiar aromas are a combination of several terpenes that contribute to the unique flavors and pharmacological effects of cannabis. Nevadan consumers tend to be knowledgeable of terpenes since the state requires the top three terpenes to be displayed on cannabis packaging.
Yet despite this obligation, I found that the top three displayed terpenes didn’t always match my expectations according to the aroma of my product. It’s a good thing to keep in mind when purchasing terpene tested cannabis, that as far as aroma, quality doesn’t necessarily correspond to quantity. So with a little help from my friend Ben Cassiday, founding partner of True Terpenes, I set out to find Nevada’s high-terpene cannabis products.
Below, find Nevada cannabis products that strongly represent Leafly’s six major terpenes and their flavor profiles.
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Linalool lends its pleasant and soothing scent to the purple flowering plant lavender, as well as several strains of cannabis. An example of a “low volume, high impact” compound noted above, you may not find it in the top three terps on a product label in Nevada.
But you can’t mistake its flowery impact in Green Life Productions’ concentrate Lavender, found at NuWu. Even better? The largest selection of lavender-dominant products that I found was at Reef Dispensaries North Las Vegas location—take a breath and relax.
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- Dutch Treat by MMG — available at Jardin
The beneficial effects of walking through a forest has been verified by research. Not only does it soothe the soul, inflammation is relieved, and respiration is improved—in part by the terpenes filling the air. When I was in search of pinene-rich products from Jardin, Jasmin recommended Dutch Treat by MMG. This strain is herbal and sweet, and definitely heavy on the calming aroma of pine.
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The terpene beloved by citrus fans everywhere gives oranges and lemons their unique aroma. I found some of this concentrated sunshine with Tangie, the foundation strain of Aces Extracts’ Inspire vape pen found at Pisos. Relief for nausea and stress—not to mention a boost in mood from the uplifting scent of citrus—are some of the main effects of this superstar terpene.
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It’s been told that eating mango before smoking intensifies the psychoactive effects of THC. In turn, the fragrance of mangoes is due to myrcene and this terpene’s interaction with THC molecules is thought to be why. It’s naturally synergistic with THC. Myrcene and limonene make a balanced pair in products found at Blum on Desert Inn. Their house brand White OG flower, is an earthy strain that will leave you relaxed and uplifted.
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A terpene that binds to CB2 receptors like cannabinoids, beta-caryophyllene is a prized compound found in several plants known for their spicy aroma, including cloves, rosemary, and black pepper. Caryophyllene may work to improve brain function and reduce inflammation. What you will notice is an ease from pain and tension, as well as respite from stress and anxiety. Look to your health in these areas with SFV OG Vape made by Brass Knuckles.
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Usually associated with beer made from noble hops, humulene is thought by some to be the source of gassy or fuel-like aromas in strains like Super Sour Diesel. Grab a pod of this buzzy powerhouse for your Pax device from NuWu. If you’re initiating a weight modification plan, consider adding some humulene, as it may also work to suppress the appetite.