One answer “What strains have a woody aroma?

  1. Whether you’re a seasoned cannabis connoisseur or a newbie looking to become more familiar with marijuana, you’ve likely heard the term ‘woody’ in reference to cannabis strains. Woodiness is an aroma and flavor that is generally specified as earthy and can be described as having notes of cedar, pine, sandalwood, and even scents that resemble burning wood. The intense, woody aroma of certain cannabis strains can often times be attributed to the rare terpene Caryophyllene; responsible for the spicy, peppery taste and scent of many marijuana varieties. Caryophyllene is unique compared to other prevalent terpenes found in marijuana in the sense that it is the only terpene that is known to interact with the endocannabinoid system – namely CB2 receptors – and is known for its anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, and even sedative properties.

    Another terpene abundant in strains characterized by a woody scent is humulene. This terpene is found primarily in hops, a common ingredient in beer and is characterized by a hint of citrus and pine aromas, making it the perfect pairing for a woody strain with earthy undertones. Humulene is known for its anti-inflammatory and antibacterial properties, making it the perfect medicinal addition to any strain.

    Limonene rounds out the trio of woody terpenes as it also plays a role in the distinctive flavor and aroma of several woody strains. Limonene is known to predominantly give off a sweet, citrus scent and bring a more delicate balance to strains with heavy woody and earthy undertones.

    Aside from being known for their woody aroma, certain varieties are also known for their robust flavors ranging from sweet and sour to musty and even a bitter coffee-like taste. A prime example of this would be Afghani. Considered to be one of the oldest marijuana strains, Afghani is widely known for its heavy, musty aroma and earthy, yet sweet and sour taste.

    But what really sets Afghani apart from being any other cannabis strain is its abundance of the rare terpene caryophyllene. Caryophyllene is what gives Afghani its unique woody, peppery scent and contributes to its intently rich flavor profile. The woody-sweet flavor and smell of Afghani are further complemented by terpenes such as humulene, myrcene, and limonene – giving the strain a deep and mellow, earthy and woody essence.

    Of course, others may prefer a slightly lighter version of Afghani’s woody aroma and flavor and may seek out a strain such as Northern Lights. Northern Lights is considered to be an indica-dominant hybrid and is widely acclaimed for its intensely euphoric, yet relaxed effects. Most recognizable though is its woody, earthy flavor and aroma. Notes of cedar, pine, and sweet menthol can be noticed and, like Afghani, the flavor profile of Northern Lights is attributed to terpenes such as caryophyllene, humulene, and limonene.

    Not only do the terpenes present in these strains contribute to their woody aromas and tastes, but they also bring therapeutic benefits. This is why many cannabis connoisseurs seek out these strains; not only for the flavors, but for their potential therapeutic benefits as well. Whether you’re looking for a strain to induce relaxation or maximize medicinal properties, these woody strains remain some of the most preferred among marijuana users and experts.

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