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Ocimene Terpene: Smell, Taste, Effects, Strains, & More

Mango and basil leaf

Ocimene is one of the most common terpenes found in nature, so it’s no surprise we can also find it in cannabis. In this guide, we’ll explain:

  • What is Ocimene? What Does It Smell and Taste Like?
  • Where is Ocimene Found?
  • What Strains are Heavy in Ocimene?


What is Ocimene? What Does it Smell and Taste Like?

Ocimene, also known as beta-ocimene, is a monoterpene found in a whole variety of plants, including cannabis. It’s known for its unique scent profile, a combination of both floral and herbaceous notes. Some people describe ocimene as sweet, and it’s this aromatic profile that lends this terpene well to the perfume industry.

As far as flavors go, this tends to be both sweet and herbaceous as well, but the flavor can change depending on the other terpenes it’s paired with like myrcene or caryophyllene. For example, mangos and basil taste nothing alike, but they both have ocimene in them.

Where is Ocimene Found?

Ocimene is found in both fruits and plants, including kumquats, mangos, basil, parsley, and tarragon. Ocimene actually gets its name from the ancient Greek world Ocimum which means basil.

As far as products go, ocimene is used in a variety of items, including deodorant, shampoo, soap, and cleaning solutions. It’s also harvested for its herbal, woodsy scent and used in perfumes and candles. And naturally, given its presence in many herbs, you may find even find ocimene in various cooking spices and garnishes.

What Strains Are Heavy in Ocimene?

Many strains have ocimene in them, but we have a few strains we really enjoy and think you will too. They are:


This sweet berry-flavored and berry-scented hybrid has a bit of a mystery origin, but we know that it’s a cousin of the Blueberry strain. The flower is compact and light green, and it’s typically covered in fine orange hairs.

Orange Creamsicle

Combine the Orange Crush and Juicy Fruit cultivars, and you get Orange Creamsicle. This sativa-dominant hybrid strain is sure to please anyone who loves orange scents and flavors. And if you like cannabis flower, you’re in for a treat—not only does this strain taste like orange, it looks orange, too!

Triangle Kush or Triangle OG, OG Triangle

This indica strain originated in Florida, and it’s named after the three cities famous for cannabis production: Jacksonville, Miami, and Tampa. This strain has more of an earthy flavor and aroma that cannabis pros will enjoy.

Jack the Ripper aka JTR

This sativa strain is one of the most popular strains to date. It was created by crossing Jack’s Cleaner with Space Queen cultivars, and it boasts a citrusy aroma with a lemony, mango flavor. Depending on the phenotype, some people also notice undertones with spicy, woodsy notes. JTR won second place at the Spannabis Champions Cup in 2017.

Dream Queen

Another strain descended from Space Queen is on our list. Dream Queen is a hybrid created by crossing Space Queen and Blue Dream. Cannabis consumers describe this strain as pungent due to its odd mixture of scents including pineapple, bubblegum, and menthol, and the bud itself is even a light mint shade of green.

Get to Know Ocimene

Whether you’re shopping for smalls flower or premium marijuana, you can find strains rich in ocimene at your local cannabis dispensaries. Our cannabis experts are available to find the perfect products (and when necessary, the tools to consume them) for you.

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