Commonly referred to as the ‘bud’ of the plant, flower is what most people think of, when discussing cannabis. Different flowers vary in shape, size, color, density, flavor profile, and smell. The bud is covered in tiny crystal-like glands called “trichomes”. The trichomes are where cannabinoids, such as THC and CBD, and terpenes, such as Limonene and Linalool, are produced and stored.
Most people have heard of the cannabinoid THC, but there are at least 85 other known cannabinoids that help comprise the profile of the plant and its chemical effects; the flavor profile and aroma of a plant is determined by its terpenes. Over 100 different terpenes have been identified in cannabis plants. Ultimately, every strain’s terpene and cannabinoid profile is unique. Some of the most common terpenes are: Limonene, which has a citrus aroma often found in Haze strains; Linalool, producing a soft floral aroma often found in Lavender; and Myrcene, which releases an earthy citrus smell, like that of Skunk #1.