The Role of Terpenes in Delta-8
27th Jan 2021

It Goes Beyond Flavor: The Role of Terpenes in Delta-8

Discovering the benefits of terpenes depends on understanding what they are and what they do. As CBD and the rest of the cannabis world expands, it seems the term “terpenes” gets thrown around more daily β€” and with that rapid expansion come questions such as:

  • What are terpenes? Are they just other cannabinoids?
  • Are terpenes safe to vape?
  • Why are they put in so many different hemp and cannabis products?
  • Do they actually benefit the product by doing more than just smelling good?

Terpenes have a ridiculous number of benefits, studied over countless decades spent researching herbs, spices, and other plants. They’ve long since had their place in the cannabis world, especially since they naturally occur in the plant.

Let’s take a look at the wellness properties Delta-8 terpenes might provide and why we use them in our products.

What Are Terpenes?

For starters, terpenes are aromatic compounds found in a variety of plant species. Terpenes are what give plants their particular taste and/or aroma. There is more to understand about terps, though.

There are over 200 types of terpenes in the world, each embodying its own unique set of benefits. The right combination can improve a cannabis product β€” or any type of product that comes from the Earth β€” tenfold. Now, let’s delve a bit deeper into the biggest benefits of terpenes.

Terps & Delta-8 Go Hand in Hand

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Are terpenes safe to vape? To figure that out, let’s talk more about Delta-8 itself. Delta-8 THC comes from the cannabis plant. Typically, it’s found in trace amounts in certain strains. When hemp is cultivated and broken down into just cannabinoids and other hemp compounds, we can collect higher concentrations of the minor cannabinoid than we might be able to find in a single plant naturally.

Part of this collection process includes the terpenes that come with that particular strain. While most people relate terps to the smell or taste of a plant, they can do a lot more!

Similar to essential oils, terpenes are an invaluable aromatherapy tool. If you’re familiar with the calming effects of lavender or the antiseptic properties that come along with tea tree oil, you may already be utilizing terpenes in your day-to-day life.

In addition, Delta-8 terpenes help increase the efficacy of the Delta-8 through their relationship with the entourage effect.

Quick Catch-Up: What’s the Entourage Effect?

If you’re unsure of what the entourage effect is, here’s a brief summary: when it takes place, hemp compounds work in synergy to provide you with even more wellness benefits versus what each individual compound can achieve separately.

The role of terpenes goes even further than merely lending a hand as part of the entourage effect, though. One of the main benefits of terpenes is that they help enable and enhance cannabinoid absorption in the bloodstream. That being said, if you were to vape, say, our Cereal Killer OG Delta-8 Vape Cartridge, the presence of terpenes in it would increase the Delta-8’s potency, leaving you higher than a kite.

Terpenes Help Your Body

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a girl with a Delta-8 cartridge

Not only are terpenes safe to vape, but they can be good for your body, too. When you consume Delta-8 THC, especially our Delta-8 vape cartridges, terpenes help make the THC work even faster and enhance the overall experience.

Terpenes do this by helping THC or other cannabinoids bind to the endocannabinoid receptors in the brain even better than they already do. After binding, the brain can quickly send out signals to the rest of the body.

This is how energy from the entourage effect can take hold as Delta-8 terpenes start to exhibit their unique properties. Researchers have also acknowledged how various terpenes can stimulate the release of GABA, dopamine, norepinephrine, and serotonin. Neurotransmitters help demonstrate how terpenes boost the properties of other hemp compounds and vice versa.

Narrowing in on Different Terpenes

As we mentioned above, there are over 200 terpenes across the world β€” but which are the most important as it pertains to our products?

We test 23 different terpenes in our extensive third-party batch testing, as we have a varying amount of these terpenes through each formula and product. The lab results for each batch test will give you more precise details on which terpenes are most concentrated in each of our Delta-8 THC vape cartridges. In the meantime, let’s touch on some of the benefits of the terpenes that you can expect to find in our carts.


We’ll also touch on some of the Delta-8 terpenes you already find frequently, like caryophyllene, which is found in cloves, cinnamon, and black pepper. Caryophyllene is what gives these spices their, well, spice!


Linalool is a surprising terpene. It’s best known for producing the relaxing aromatic scent of lavender, but it’s also found in coriander, mint, and even cinnamon.


Many terpenes are safe to vape. That includes myrcene, one of the most abundant terpenes around, particularly in our Delta-8 vape cartridges. It possesses anti-inflammatory, relaxing, and sedative properties.


Pinene β€” both a-Pinene and b-Pinene β€” are more powerful terpenes that we’re glad to keep in our formula. With a number of wellness properties, pinene may also help open airways and potentially combat short-term memory impairment.


Cymene, or p-Cymene, is a mono-terpene we put in the ranks that’s found in 100 plant species. It’s already used in a variety of foods and medicines. The benefits of this terpene include known antioxidant, antimicrobial, anxiolytic, antinociceptive, and anti-inflammatory properties.


Another terpene with known benefits that makes the list for our Delta-8 THC formula is Ocimene or a-Ocimene. This terpene is known to improve respiration function by clearing airways.


Finally, a-Humulene is no stranger to modern biomedical research. Found in ginseng, hops, and black pepper, as well as our formulas, it provides munchies-suppressing, antibacterial, and anti-inflammatory properties. It’s one of the rare terpenes that can actually be found in higher concentrations in cannabis plants than most other terpenes naturally.

Do Eighty Six Products Contain Terpenes?

an Eighty Six cartridge box
a Delta-8 THC cartridge

Yes, all of our Delta-8 THC vape cartridges contain terpenes. We like to keep things natural, and we use terpenes for more than just flavoring. Since terpenes are such an innate part of the plant, on top of having so many of their own beneficial properties, we feel they must have a place in our formulas.

We hope you feel more informed about the biggest benefits of terpenes. If you’re unsure of a product’s terpene profile, it’s always best to reach out to that brand. Fortunately, our lab results show off a full breakdown of the terpenes for each batch we create, so you can feel confident when shopping with Eighty Six. Check out our FAQ to learn more today!

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