If you are getting into the world of weed, you probably hear people talking about THC and CBD all the time. Of course, these things are important, especially THC, as it is what actually gets you high and produces those amazing feelings.
You might also hear people talking about the flavor and smell of specific strains of weed. So, why do different weed strains have different flavor profiles and aromas? Well, it all comes down to the terpenes that your weed contains. If you don’t know what terpenes are, no worries because this is what we will explain in great detail today.
Specifically, we want to talk about one particular terpene found in cannabis, valencene. By the end of today, you’ll know what terpenes are, what they do, what kind of properties this particular terpene has, and which strains contain high amounts of valencene.
- Terpenes are responsible for many of the flavors, aromas, and effects of cannabis strains.
- Valencene is one of the rarest terpenes. It’s characterized by a woody, citric, and herbal scent.
- Agent Orange, Tangie, and Clementine are some of the strains with the highest levels of valencene.
What are Terpenes
Before we can talk about any specific terpenes, you need to know what they actually are. So, terpenes are aromatic compounds that can be found in many different plants and fruits, and yes, cannabis is one of these plants. To be clear, terpenes are aromatic essential oils that are produced in many different plants.
What Do Terpenes Do?
You might be wondering what terpenes do in plants. Now, as far as smoking or vaping your weed goes, the terpenes that your bud contains will determine what it smells and tastes like. Those terpenes are all about flavor and aroma. Seeing as there are hundreds of different terpenes out there, it only makes sense that all of those different strains have different flavors and aromas.
With that being said, although it was originally thought that terpenes were only about aroma and flavor, this has since been proven wrong. Those terpenes are shown to interact with the cannabinoids found in weed to produce a wider range of effects on the mind and body.
Depending on the specific terpene, it could help to elevate mood, relieve stress and anxiety, induce sleep, produce feelings of happiness and euphoria, allow for pain and inflammation relief, reduce skin issues, and even help to improve overall cognitive function, plus much more.
What also needs to be said here is that although terpenes do affect the human body and mind, they aren’t present in plants for this reason. Plants and fruits contain terpenes for a whole different set of reasons. For instance, plants use terpenes to attract pollinators, which helps them to reproduce.
There are also some plants that contain terpenes aimed at keeping predators at bay. While other terpenes are known to be an integral part of a plant’s immune system, helping to protect against disease while also promoting healing and recovery from damage.
What is a Cannabis Terpene?
Cannabis terpenes, simply put, are the different terpenes that can be found in our favorite plant. As mentioned above, all plants, flowers, and fruits produce terpenes, which of course have benefits for the plants themselves, and can also affect the human body and mind.
Just like other plants, different strains of cannabis have different terpenes. To be specific, there are well over 200 different terpenes that have been identified in weed plants so far, but there are thought to be even more. Some of the most common ones include limonene, linalool, myrcene, and yes, valencene.
With that being said, valencene is one of the less common terpenes, one that most people have never heard of before. When it comes to weed, those terpenes will determine what it tastes and smells like, and will also determine the exact effects that the specific strain has on your mind and body.
Previously, it was thought that the cannabinoids contained in weed, such as THC, CBD, and HHC were the only things responsible for making you feel different when you consume weed, but this is not the case.
Yes, terpenes can also have effects on the human mind and body, which is why the effects cannabis has are much more complex than most people assume. So, let’s move on and take a closer look at the valencene terpene and what it is all about. Keep in mind that these flavors can still be present even in edibles.
Valencene Terpene Profile
Valencene is one of the rarer terpenes found in weed, one that has a very woody, citrusy, and herbal aroma. This is a terpene that is commonly found in Valencia oranges, hence its name. For this reason, you will notice that weed that contains large amounts of this terpene smells like sweet oranges, with a lot of sweetness and sour acidity too.
Valencene Terpene Aroma
This terpene is known for smelling citrusy, as well as herbaceous and woody too. If you smell nothing but valencene, you’ll think that you are smelling some fresh sweet oranges, some light herbs, and maybe a bit of tree bark too.
Most people would say that this is one of the most pleasant terpenes to smell thanks to that fruitiness. In terms of the flavor, you can expect about the same. It has a strong fruity flavor that combines woodiness with that sweet and sour combination that you get from citrus fruits. It is indeed quite enjoyable.
Valencene Terpene Effects
Now that we know what terpenes are and what valencene in weed is all about, let’s take a look at all of the possible effects it might have on both the human mind and body.
One of the benefits that this particular terpene has is that it can help treat a variety of skin conditions. One of the skin conditions it is known to treat is known as atopic dermatitis. It is also known to help relieve itching. On that note, the application of this terpene to the skin in the form of an essential oil is shown to have therapeutic benefits on UV-induced photoaging.
According to recent studies, this particular terpene is well known for being anti-inflammatory in nature, something that most terpenes actually are. In terms of giving your immune system a boost, this terpene is proven to be beneficial. Of course, being anti-inflammatory means that it has the potential to be beneficial for the human body in many more ways than just one.
Although it has not been tested on humans, as far as mice go, the administration of this particular terpene, when administered orally, was shown to help block symptoms of allergies and to help prevent allergies from occurring in the first place.
Strains with High Valencene Terpene
Now that we know why this particular terpene is so awesome, let’s take a quick look at the various strains that it is most commonly found in.
This strain is a balanced hybrid stream that has motivating effects and can help to uplift your mood. It smells like fresh-cut citrus fruit, it helps to enhance mood, and it can also help relieve feelings of lethargy. With just 17% THC, it’s a good option for people who want a bit of a buzz without getting too high.
Here we have a sativa dominant strain that tastes like tangerines and oranges. It’s a great strain to have in the afternoon as it has very uplifting and creative effects, as well as a moderate 21% THC level.
Here we have a sativa dominant strain that contains 18% THC, so it’s not overly strong. This particular strain of marijuana has a very uplifting and energizing effect on the body and is great for a wake and bake. The dominant flavor here is that of oranges, and yes, this one has a rather noticeable valencene terpene profile.
Here we have a hybrid strain that features very citrusy and tropical flavors, combined with a moderate 18% THC level. One of the biggest effects users report from this strain is that it helps to increase arousal and libido, therefore making it a great option to go with for a night with your partner.
Where’s My Bike
Here we have another sativa dominant strain that is known for producing feelings of euphoria and happiness, but also relaxation. This is due to the fact that it contains up to 26% THC, so it is quite strong. Speaking of strong sativas, this Maui Wowie HHC Vape Cartridge is by far one of our most popular options.
If you are looking for a strain that tastes like oranges, and you want something that is energizing and uplifting, then the low 16% THC Jillybean strain is something to consider.
Mother of Dragons
Here we have a good strain to consider if you want something that features a perfect balance of indica and sativa effects. It tastes like oranges and is very citrusy in general, with unknown THC levels.
Aliens on Moonshine
If you are looking for an indica-heavy strain of marijuana that is technically a hybrid, something that tastes like oranges and citrus but is also very low in THC, then this is a good strain to consider. It contains just 9% THC but also has 18% CBD. If you’re looking for a similar strain that you can vape, check out this Alien OG HHC Vape Cartridge.
If you are looking for a very potent hybrid that contains 20% THC or more, combined with citrus and piney flavors, and a great euphoric effect, then here is another great option for you to consider.
Here we have another sativa-heavy strain that features 22% THC, and makes for a great morning time weed, as it produces sensations of energy and euphoria.
Here we have a strain that tastes like lemon and oranges, a sativa-heavy strain that features 21% THC, with uplifting and energizing effects.
If you want your weed to taste like oranges and diesel, and you like feeling sedated and hungry, then this relatively potent hybrid is an ideal option for you to keep in mind.
If a combination of citrus and vanilla is something that sounds good to you, and you want a strain of weed that will make you feel happy, but not way too high, then this is another good option to set it.
Key Lime Pie
As the name implies, this strain tastes like lime, but also has hints of orange. It makes you feel happy and euphoric and contains around 20% THC.
If you are looking for an indica-heavy strain with around 20% THC, something that will make you feel relaxed, and taste like grapes and oranges, this strain is ideal. Speaking of grape flavors, our very own Grape Runtz Vape Pen tastes absolutely amazing.
If you like grapefruit and orange flavors, you want to feel energetic, but don’t want to get too high, then this is another great stream for you to keep in mind.