Using Your Favorite Smells to Find Your Perfect Strain

As cannabis enthusiasts, we are well-aware of the importance of terpenes in shaping the unique aroma and effects of different strains. But what if we told you that your household items hold the key to unlocking the ideal cannabis experience? 

Terpenes, the aromatic compounds found not only in cannabis but also in various everyday products, can offer valuable clues when selecting your preferred strain. In this blog, we embark on a sensory journey, exploring the fascinating world of terpene scents and their correlations with cannabis strains, empowering you to make informed and delightful choices for your next cannabis adventure.

What Are Terpenes?

where are terpenes found?

Terpenes are a diverse group of organic compounds found in various plants, including cannabis (marijuana and hemp), as well as in fruits, flowers, herbs, and other botanicals. These aromatic molecules are responsible for the distinct smells and flavors associated with different plants. Terpenes play a crucial role in nature, helping plants deter predators, attract pollinators, and even provide protection against environmental stressors.

In the context of cannabis, terpenes are one of the primary components responsible for the plant's unique scent and taste. They are found in the sticky resin glands of the cannabis flowers, alongside cannabinoids like THC (tetrahydrocannabinol) and CBD (cannabidiol). When you crush, grind, or smoke cannabis, the released terpenes produce the characteristic aroma that varies between strains and can range from earthy and piney to citrusy, fruity, or even spicy.

Beyond their role in aroma and flavor, terpenes also contribute to the overall effects of different cannabis strains. Some terpenes are believed to have potential therapeutic benefits and can interact synergistically with cannabinoids in what is known as the "entourage effect."

As the understanding of cannabis and its components continues to grow, terpenes have become an essential consideration for consumers who seek specific effects or wish to tailor their cannabis experience according to their preferences. Identifying and recognizing different terpene profiles can aid in choosing strains that align with desired effects and sensory experiences.

Harnessing the Power of Your Nose

use your nose to find your favorite strain

Your olfactory preferences hold the key to unlocking the perfect cannabis strain tailored to your desires. Embrace the scents that captivate your senses by exploring the ingredient lists and aromas of your cherished household items. Whether it's the zesty tang of citrus fruits, the soothing aroma of lavender, the warmth of spices, or the invigorating piney scent of cleaning products, each smell is a clue to your preferred terpenes. 

Take note of these captivating fragrances and let them guide you in your quest for the ideal cannabis experience. By identifying the terpenes that resonate with you, you can then seek out cannabis strains or products that boast those specific aromatic profiles, including E1011 Labs' stelo™ and Ari53™. Embrace the sensory adventure, as you connect your favorite smells to the cannabis strains that harmonize best with your senses, ultimately enhancing your enjoyment and appreciation of this incredible plant.


myrcene found in mangoes

One prevalent terpene in cannabis is myrcene, which can also be found in mangoes, hops, thyme, and lemongrass. It is known for its relaxing and sedative properties, contributing to the "couch-lock" effect when combined with THC. Myrcene carries an earthy, musky scent with herbal and clove-like undertones. Those who use Aveda "Shampure" Shampoo and Conditioner will be familiar with this abundant terpene. Aveda's "Shampure" range incorporates myrcene-rich lavender and ylang-ylang, offering a soothing and herbal scent for a relaxing shower experience. Strains such as "Granddaddy Purple," "OG Kush," or "Blue Dream" are rich in myrcene. 


limonene found in lemons and limes

Limonene, another common terpene in cannabis, is widely present in citrus fruits like lemons, oranges, and limes, as well as in juniper, peppermint, and rosemary. This terpene is associated with uplifting and mood-enhancing effects and may have anti-anxiety and antidepressant properties. Fans of lathering on Bath & Body Works "Energy - Orange Ginger" Body Lotion should seek out cannabis flower with similar smells. Limonene imparts a refreshing, citrusy aroma to strains like "Super Lemon Haze," "Tangie," or "Durban Poison."


pinene found in pine

Pinene, aptly named due to its prevalence in pine trees and other coniferous plants, is also found in rosemary and basil. The Capri Blue "Volcano" candle showcases pinene-rich tropical fruits like pineapple and sugared citrus, blended with a touch of earthy notes, creating an exotic and uplifting ambiance. This terpene may improve focus and alertness and is believed to have anti-inflammatory properties. Strains like "Jack Herer," "Pineapple Express," or "Blue Dream" often showcase a delightful piney and woody scent.


black pepper contains terpenes

Caryophyllene, derived from black pepper, cloves, cinnamon, and other spices, acts on the body's endocannabinoid system, potentially offering anti-inflammatory benefits. Its aroma is characterized by spicy, peppery notes with a hint of sweetness, like those found in Tom Ford’s "Black Orchid" Eau de Parfum. Look for strains such as "Girl Scout Cookies" (GSC), "Bubba Kush," or "Sour Diesel" to experience the essence of caryophyllene.


linalool found in lavender

Linalool, present in lavender, coriander, and laurel leaves, is associated with calming and relaxing effects and may possess anti-anxiety and sedative properties. Its floral, sweet, and delicate scent can be found in Diptyque’s "Do Son" Eau de Parfum and is often found in strains like "Lavender," "LA Confidential," or "Amnesia Haze”.


humulene is found in hops

Humulene, commonly found in hops, coriander, cloves, and basil, may have anti-inflammatory and appetite suppressant properties. It exudes an earthy, woody, and slightly spicy aroma like those captured in the cozy and comforting smells of Yankee Candle’s "Mountain Lodge" candle. Strains like "Headband," "White Widow," or "GSC" are known to be rich in Humulene.

Understanding these terpenes and their corresponding smells can empower cannabis consumers to make informed choices when seeking specific effects and sensory experiences from their preferred strains at dispensaries or from trusted producers. Remember, the terpene profile can vary, so always check lab-tested results to ensure you get the desired terpene content in your cannabis.

Exploring Terpenes with E1011 Labs

We at E1011 Labs have formulated our stelo and Ari53 to contain choice terpenes designed to meet any mood and situation. Our stelo come prefilled and predosed with CBD-rich full spectrum flower while our Ari53 are filled with premium infused flower, making sure to pack an extra punch.

Experience the musky, herbal aroma of stelo Calm or Ari53 Grape Ape with their high levels of myrcene. Use Calm to find your center at any point in the day or Grape Ape to blast off into a world of bliss. Those seeking earthy notes with the addition of a slight spice should look to our stelo Relax or Ari53 Biscotti. The combination of cannabinoids and terpenes creates a space to sail away from your worries with Relax or lock you into the good vibes of the night with Biscotti.

On the fruity side of terpenes we have our stelo Focus and Ari53 Maui Wowie. Both offer their own unique take on limonene, with Focus using the terpene to help you stay on task while Maui Wowie takes you for a trip on island time. We even offer a stelo and Ari53 on the spicer side, both in terpene and effect. Use stelo Stimulate to bring the heat to the bedroom with the spicy aroma of caryophyllene, or use the spicy terpene to turn up the night with our delectable Ari53 Zmuckers Pie.

Both the stelo and Ari53 are designed to be used with our innovative heat-not-burn elon device. New users can purchase a Starter Bundle that comes with a device, along with your choice of one stelo and one Ari53 flavor. Make sure to check out the terpene wheel descriptions on the individual product pages and compare to your favorite scents to find the right product for you!

Trust Yourself

As you embark on your journey to find the perfect cannabis strain, let your nose be your guide. Just like the scents of our favorite household items offer clues to our preferred terpenes, exploring the aromatic world of cannabis can lead to a truly personalized and delightful experience. Embrace the power of terpenes, those magical compounds that not only infuse cannabis with captivating scents and flavors but also play a vital role in shaping its effects. 

Armed with this newfound knowledge, you can confidently navigate the dispensary or explore E1011 Labs' stelo and Ari53 offerings, seeking out strains or products that align with your favorite smells. Remember, the sensory adventure is all about discovering the cannabis strains that harmonize best with your senses, unlocking a world of enjoyment, relaxation, and well-being with every puff. So, let your olfactory journey guide you, as you savor the diverse and aromatic landscape of cannabis, elevating your experience to new heights of sensory bliss. Happy exploring!