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How Long Will It Take Before I Start Experiencing the Effects of the Terpenes?

September 15, 2022 5 min read

How Long Will It Take Before I Start Experiencing the Effects of the Terpenes?

How Long Will It Take Before I Start Experiencing the Effects of the Terpenes?

If you want to join the terpenes bandwagon, it's better to begin slowly and intelligently. You can also include it in any new food, drink, or supplement that claims to provide health advantages.

Terpenes are often overlooked, yet they play a crucial role in creating energizing aromas and enticing flavors in cannabis products. By moderating the psychoactive effects of cannabis, terpenes support the plant's sensory side. There has long been a belief that terpene-rich plant oil may be utilized to cure a wide range of illnesses without fully understanding the role of each ingredient or how it works. Due to their anti-inflammatory, anti-tumorigenic, and neuroprotective properties, several terpenes commonly derived from forests are categorized. There is also a discussion of the possible mechanisms of action of the various terpenes and their impacts on these processes, which have been documented in different in vivo and in vitro systems. This article explains how long terpenes take to be effective.

What are Terpenes?

Terpenes in cannabis give each strain its particular flavor. The aromatic oils produced by the plant include the soluble chemicals that give a strain a fruity or minty taste, an earthy or citrusy scent, or a cheese-like odor. Even though terpenes are produced by cannabis plants in the same glands that create THC and CBD, little research has been done on the compounds. As a result of the concentration of THC and CBD by growers and medical researchers in the past, little is known about terpenes and their function today.

The function of terpenes in the distinctive effects of marijuana has recently come to light. Several plants, mostly conifers, generate terpenes. According to Cox-Georgian et al. (2019), several terpenes are also linked to the plant's growth and defensive mechanisms against herbivores and the environment. Numerous conifer terpenes have been identified due to the Korean woods' abundance of coniferous trees. These terpenes include myrcene and camphor. pinene, camphor, taxadiene, phytane, nerolidol, and (E)—bisabolene are the most common monoterpenes in conifer oleoresins, whereas nerolidol and bisabolene are the most common sesquiterpenes in conifer oleoresins.

What Is the Function of Terpenes?

Terpenes have a wide variety of effects. Additionally, these molecules are significant in determining the effects of each strain of cannabis. Terpenes and cannabinoids interact, as described by LaVigne et al. (2021). The entourage effect has been coined to describe how molecules from these two families interact to amplify their effects. The synergy between limonene, caryophyllene, pinene, and CBD may generate various effects, such as alleviating pain or improving mood. Terpenes, on their own, may have an impact. Extensive research shows how these molecules interact while separated from one another in the environment. Cannabinoids and terpenes may operate on different ECS targets (receptors or other cellular pathways) than cannabinoids and terpenes alone, enhancing the entourage effect. Inflammation, for example, is targeted by a variety of cannabis chemicals.

Cannabinoids might be absorbed or processed more effectively by our bodies if terpenes are present. Cannabinoids and terpenes have various effects on different body parts, and when they work together, the results are superior. In contrast, the negative effects of cannabis are reduced when a wide variety of compounds are ingested simultaneously. Cannabidiol (CBD) has been shown to reduce anxiety and paranoia when combined with THC. Terpenes in the cultivar may help alleviate anxiety.

How Long Does It Take for Terpenes Effects to Kick in?

What works well for one individual may not work for another. Some individuals get effects quickly, while others take a little longer. Reports have found that clients who are in better health improve faster than those who aren't. To ensure that the terpenes are fully absorbed, it is recommended to wait 15 to 20 minutes after smoking.

The Influence of the Entourage Effect

According to Das et al. (2022), the phrase "entourage effect" implies that a dominant cannabinoid (such as THC or CBD) is doing all the heavy lifting, while the rest of the plant's cannabinoids and terpenes are only there for show. This may be the case in certain situations, such as when a person utilizes a THC isolate with nothing else. However, the world's chemical phenotypes (cannabis chemotypes) are staggeringly diverse. Cannabinoids and terpenes in high concentrations may produce an ensemble impact rather than an entourage effect. Like an orchestra, each instrument adds a unique flavor to the melody. Aside from THC and CBD, other cannabinoids and terpenes also have a role in the composition.

Do Terpenes Make You Psyched out?

According to Muscara et al. (2021), terpenes have no psychotropic effect, unlike THC. The dopamine and serotonin systems are affected, although the effects are not as dramatic as those of amphetamines. Additionally, these compounds "tweak" the cannabis high in notable ways. There are terpenes like limonene that are refreshing and energizing, for example. Myrcene, on the other hand, has a calming and soothing effect.

Will Terpenes Be Detectable in a Drug Screening?

No. You may use terpenes without fear of failing a drug test at work. Terpenes are abundant, and you likely ingest them daily without realizing it. You're constantly consuming terpenes when you drink orange juice or go for a stroll in the woods.


The presence of terpenes greatly influences the scent and taste of a cannabis strain. They may also cause psychedelic effects in conjunction with other cannabis plant chemicals, such as cannabinoids. More than 400 terpenes inside the cannabis plant have yet to be studied in depth. Your physiology, prior cannabis use experiences, and the environment in which cannabis use occurs affect how you feel. The length of time taken for the effects of terpenes to kick in will be determined by the strain and dose you choose.  Terpenes are just one part of the puzzle, but experimenting with various products using terpenes may be a fun approach to discovering what you enjoy most.


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LaVigne, J. E., Hecksel, R., Keresztes, A., & Streicher, J. M. (2021). Cannabis sativa terpenes are cannabimimetic and selectively enhance cannabinoid activity. Scientific reports, 11(1), 1-15.

Muscarà, C., Smeriglio, A., Trombetta, D., Mandalari, G., La Camera, E., Grassi, G., & Circosta, C. (2021). Phytochemical characterization and biological properties of two standardized extracts from a non‐psychotropic Cannabis sativa L. cannabidiol (CBD)‐chemotype. Phytotherapy Research, 35(9), 5269-5281.