From Pumpkin Spice to Pine: Terpenes That Define Fall Cannabis

Oct 12, 2023 | Autumn Brands News

Ah, fall. The season of crispy leaves, oversized sweaters and the annual flooding of all things pumpkin spice. But did you know that when you’re cozying up by the fire with your warm beverage (are you a hot chocolate or pumpkin spice fan?) and a joint, you’re enjoying a symphony of terpenes? Yes, terpenes—those delightful little molecules in cannabis that give it its unique aroma and flavor. Move over Starbucks; cannabis has its own version of fall flavors.

Let’s dive into the exciting world of fall terpenes to understand your autumn experience. Whether you’re looking for the piney freshness of a forest hike, the spicy kick of a pumpkin pie, or the warm embrace of a fruity, earthy strain, terpenes have got you covered. So, light up, sip on and let’s toast to the terpenes that truly define fall in the cannabis world.

Beta-Caryophyllene: The Spicy Sidekick

Found in both your Pumpkin Spice Latte and certain cultivars of cannabis, beta-caryophyllene is the terpene responsible for that spicy kick. Beyond its festive flavor, it’s also studied for potential anti-inflammatory properties. So, next time someone tries to tease you for your “basic” fall beverage, just tell them you’re enjoying a science-backed, spicy wellness boost.

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Humulene: Ale’s Well That Ends Well

Humulene, with its earthy, woody aroma, is abundant in hops (think craft beers) and certain cannabis strains. As you’re sipping on that seasonal craft brew and enjoying a joint by the fire, you’re likely getting a double dose of humulene. And fun fact: Humulene might play a role in appetite suppression. So, a humulene-rich strain might be your secret weapon if you want to skip that second slice of pumpkin pie.

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Pinene: O Christmas Tree

What’s more fall (and soon-to-be winter) than the scent of pine? Pinene, true to its name, is the terpene behind that fresh, foresty aroma. Found in many plants, including pine trees and rosemary, this terpene is also found in many cannabis cultivars.

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Limonene: Orange You Glad It’s Fall?

Now, while oranges might scream more summer than sweater weather, zesty limonene, commonly found in citrus peels, is also present in many autumn-themed items, from candles to desserts. And, of course, in some merry-making cannabis strains. Known for its uplifting and stress-relieving properties, it’s no wonder limonene-rich strains are popular during the sometimes stressful holiday season.

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Myrcene: The Cozy Blanket Terpene

Lastly, let’s talk about the fall terpene equivalent of your favorite cozy blanket: myrcene. Earthy, fruity and a tad musky, myrcene is one of the most prevalent terpenes in cannabis. It’s also most often associated with that classic “couch-lock” effect. Perfect for those chilly nights when all you want to do is snuggle up, watch a movie and forget about the world.

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