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This post features GIFs of the top 10 terpenes and terpenoids in cannabis, showing the entire rotating molecule of each, complete with molecular description and classification.  This ranking of the top 10 terpenes in cannabis includes a variety of monoterpenes and sesquiterpenes, but excludes diterpenes.

#1

Beta-Caryophyllene is the #1 terpene in cannabis overall, by concentration. This compound is a bicyclic sesquiterpene.

#2

Myrcene, the #2 terpene in cannabis by weight, is an acyclic monoterpene.

#3

Limonene, a monocyclic monoterpene with an endocyclic double-bond, is the #3 terpene in cannabis by concentration.

#4

Pinene is the #4 terpene in cannabis by concentration, including both the alpha- and beta- enantiomers.  This compound is a bicyclic monoterpene with an endocyclic double-bond and a strained Ring B.

#5

Humulene, a monocyclic sesquiterpene, is the #5 terpene in cannabis by concentration.

#6

Linalool is an acyclic monoterpene with two sets of double-bonds, and an oxygen molecule. This latter feature makes linalool a terpenoid. This compound is the #6 terpene in cannabis.

#7

Bisabolol, the #7 terpene in cannabis by weight, is a monocyclic sesquiterpene with an endocyclic double bond, and an oxygen atom, making this a sesquiterpenoid.

#8

Nerolidol is an acyclic sesquiterpenoid – note the “oid” marks this as an oxygenated compound, occurring as the #8 terpene in cannabis.

#9

Ocimene, the #9 terpene in cannabis, is an acyclic monoterpene containing 3 sets of double-bonds.

#10

Terpinolene is a monocyclic monoterpene with an endocyclic double bond. It is the #10 terpene in cannabis.

These GIFs and the data used to compile this list is part of research and materials for The Big Book of Terps, by Russ Hudson, which is slated for publishing in late 2021.  To be placed on the advance order list, please use the form below:

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Russ Hudson is an international cannabis consultant and author of The Big Book of Terps – the world’s largest resource on terpenes, flavonoids, and synergy in cannabis. Russ has dedicated more than 30 years to cannabis, working with the private social clubs of Spain, and the coffeeshops and suppliers of the Netherlands, while also specializing as a cannabis licensing and regulatory expert in more than a dozen US states. Russ has been arrested and jailed for cultivation and trafficking, he has been the subject of a Vice documentary, he has written a children’s book about cannabis, and he currently researches and collaborates with the world’s leading cannabinoid, terpene, and flavonoid scientists.

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