Can you Determine the Terpenes in CBD Products their Flavor?

By January 16, 2020 No Comments
Can you determine the terpenes in CBD products by their flavor?

Not all CBD manufacturers, like Canna Trading Co., list the terpenes used in their CBD products. For Canna Trading Co., it isn’t any funny business or being sneaky – it’s our method of protecting our formulas. Since regulations allowing formulas to be protected aren’t in place for the CBD industry, some companies need to take other avenues to prevent competitors from using our ideas and protecting the integrity of our products.

Canna Trading Co. uses the phrase “proprietary terpene blend”. We aren’t hiding anything from you. All of our terpenes are plant-based. We do not use synthetic terpenes. Given this information, can you determine which terpenes are in your CBD products based on the flavor of the product alone? It’s possible, and we’re going to help you figure it out.

You might wonder what’s so special about terpenes. They are responsible for giving plants, including hemp and cannabis, their aroma and flavor but also have accepted and recognized therapeutic value as well.

Citrus Flavors

Some CBD products use terpenes that are sourced from citrus fruits. This helps give the CBD product a slight citrusy flavor. Citrus fruits can contain more than one terpene, so it can get a little tricky.

Limonene should be one of your first guesses. It is found in the pulp and peel of lemons and limes but is also present in all other citrus fruits.

Linalool is also found in citrus fruits, but is more heavily concentrated in the peels. Linalool has several different sources, so it is likely that a citrus flavor in CBD products is coming from limonene.

Some of the properties of limonene include:

  • Aiding in the absorption of other terpenes
  • Anti-inflammatory
  • Anti-proliferative
  • Anxiolytic
  • Immunostimulant
  • Anti-allergy agent
  • Anti-carcinogenic
  • Supports liver health
  • Antifungal
  • Antibacterial

Limonene is a versatile terpene that is commonly used in CBD products, especially in products supporting calm and inflammation reduction.

citrus terpenesSpicy Flavors

Terpenes can come from spices and can give some CBD products a spicy flavor. For example, if you detect a peppery flavor, it’s likely that the formula is higher in beta caryophyllene than other terpenes. One of the sources of beta caryophyllene is black pepper.

Canna Trading Co.’s Alchemy tincture has a warm, spicy, peppery flavor. This is a great tincture to use in pesto, salad dressings and aioli recipes. The complex flavor is quite pleasing to the palate.

Humulene can also be sourced from black pepper. It’s also found in clove and coriander, both of which have spicy flavor profiles. Humulene is not used as often in CBD products but some of its properties include analgesic, anti-inflammatory and anti-convulsant.

Warm Spice

Warm spices are those that you’d see used in fall recipes such as cinnamon, clove and allspice. Beta caryophyllene is found in cloves and cinnamon. Humulene also falls in this category.

Ginger also falls into the warm spice category. Nerolidol, which has sedative and skin penetrant properties, can be sourced from ginger. Nerolidol may also be written as neroli since that is another source of the terpene.


Some CBD products can taste like herbs. That is because herbs contain multiple terpenes. This makes them an ideal source of terpenes.

Terpenes are commonly sourced from these everyday herbs:

  • Basil
  • Sage
  • Spearmint
  • Lemongrass
  • Hops
  • Rosemary
  • Oregano
  • Marjoram
  • Parsley
  • Wild thyme
  • Mint
  • Dill

Terpenes are present in other herbs, but these are found to be the most ideal sources with the highest concentrations of the useful terpenes.

Let’s examine oregano a little further. It contains several terpenes including beta caryophyllene and terpineol. Both of these terpenes share similar properties such as anti-inflammatory, anxiolytic, antioxidant and analgesic. These properties make oregano an ideal source for these two terpenes for CBD products supporting better responses to stress/anxiety and pain symptoms.




Some CBD products can have a floral flavor to them. These likely contain terpenes sourced from lavender. Too much lavender, however, can give products a soapy and unpleasant flavor.

Lavender contains these commonly used terpenes:

  • Beta caryophyllene
  • Nerolidol
  • Linalool

Floral flavors can also come from rosewood and bergamot, which are both sources of linalool. Verbena is a source of myrcene. Myrcene is commonly used in CBD products that aim to support inflammation, pain and sleep issues. Lilacs and lime flowers also have floral notes to them; terpineol can be sourced from these flowers. Jasmine is a source of nerolidol.


If your CBD products taste a little like pine needles or pine trees, there are a few terpenes that can be sourced from various conifer trees and bushes. Alpha pinene is the chief terpene in these plants. Conifer plants also contain terpineol and small amounts of limonene and humulene.

Woody Flavors

Yes, trees are a living plant, so some do contain terpenes that are used in CBD products too. Birch trees contain linalool. Rosewood also contains linalool. You can find nerolidol in tea trees.

Minty Flavors

Eucalyptus and minty flavors are also common flavor profiles of CBD products. Eucalyptus is often used as an essential oil when you are stuffed up or have congestion. It works very well in a humidifier. It’s also used with lava stone jewelry and can be directly applied to the skin.

If you use CBD topicals, eucalyptus essential oil may be a commonly noticed ingredient. This is because it has analgesic and anti-inflammatory properties.

Some of the terpenes found in eucalyptus sap and leaves include:

  • Terpineol
  • Myrcene

Linalool can be sourced from mint.

Pure peppermint extract can be used as a flavoring in some CBD products. Canna Trading Co. uses non-alcohol distilled peppermint extract.

eucalyptusAdditional Flavors

There are other flavors that you may not be able to identify when it comes to the terpenes used in your CBD products. CBD manufacturers purchase terpenes in bulk. The sources of those terpenes aren’t always listed. It can be quite easy to identify the flavors of some plant-based terpenes since some flavors are stronger than others.

Here are other sources of commonly used terpenes in CBD products:

  • Black caraway
  • Tangerines
  • Japanese catnip
  • Cardamom
  • Fennel
  • Celery
  • Bay
  • Ylang-ylang
  • Cajuput oil (commonly used in CBD topicals for pain support)
  • Citronella
  • Chinese laurel tree
  • Ginseng

There are millions of living plants. All have a unique aroma. This is all thanks to terpenes. Terpenes are important. The more fragrant a plant is, the higher the concentration of terpenes is likely to bee.

Closing Thoughts

Canna Trading Co. doesn’t just use terpenes in our CBD products because it’s a fancy, flashy word. We carefully select the combination of terpenes used in each formula for a reason – with purpose. While some terpenes are blended together to complete a flavor profile, they have a much bigger reason for being in our formulas. Terpenes have more than 1 purpose, and combining more than one terpene with similar properties to another is ideal for efficacy reasons.

If you have questions about the terpenes used in a specific Canna Trading Co. product, please do not hesitate to visit our Contact Us form, give us a call at 760-493-4367or use the chat feature on our site. You can also email your questions to: We are more than happy to help!

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