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Valencene Terpene: What is Valencene?

Valencia oranges

Ever sink your teeth into a Valencia orange? Then you already know all about the valencene terpene. In this guide, we’ll explain:

  • What is Valencene?
  • What Does Valencene Smell and Taste Like?
  • Where Can You Find Valencene?
  • What Strains are Heavy in Valencene?

What is Valencene?

Valencene is a sesquiterpene, which means that it’s more complex and bigger than a monoterpene like limonene or pinene. Valencene is one of over a hundred terpenes found in cannabis.

Curious about terpenes? Check out our article about all things terp.

What Does Valencene Smell and Taste Like?

Valencene is sweet and citrusy, but some people perceive it with more woodsy or herbaceous undertones. Commonly, it emits scents that are closely related to orange, mango, and grapefruit. The grapefruit aroma is likely due to the fact that valencene is the precursor to nootkatone, another terpenoid. Nootkatone is the terpene that gives grapefruit its unique aroma. 

Check out our favorite fall and winter terpenes today. 

Where Can You Find Valencene?

Valencene is most commonly found in Valencia oranges (the terpene is why they have their name), but it is also found in other citrus fruits like tangerines. Another popular source of valencene is Chinese bayberry. In China, the bayberry is typically harvested for medicinal purposes and to enjoy its fruit. In addition to fruit, valencene is also found in small amounts in certain strains of cannabis. 

Valencene is harvested and used in a variety of products, including perfumes, cosmetics, cleaning products, and even insect repellant. As it turns out, mosquitoes really don't like valencene. 

What Strains Are Heavy in Valencene?

As the cannabis industry continues to grow, more and more cultivators are cross breeding strains that highlight certain terpenes. With so many to choose from, it’s hard to narrow down the list, but these are the strains we recommend for a valencene-rich experience:

  • Agent Orange: A balanced hybrid, this strain combines pure citrus flavors and aromas with a moderate THC content. This makes it a strain easily enjoyed by everyone from beginners to cannabis connoisseurs. While Agent Orange is rich in myrcene, it also contains valencene, limonene and a variety of other terpenes. 
  • Tangie: Tangie is a sativa strain that’s becoming more and more popular by the minute. While it started in Amsterdam, it has since spread and offers a sweet, citrus aroma and flavor that highlights the presence of valencene in the bud. 
  • Citral Glue: Cross Citral Skunk and Original Glue, and you get this sativa-dominant hybrid strain that combines a citrus scent with a skunky taste, making it unique in flavor and aroma. Citral Glue contains around 25% THC, making it quite strong. It can be great for experienced consumers, but cannabis newbies should try a few others on this list first.
  • Zkittlez or Skittles, Skittlz: This indica strain was created when the landrace strain, Grapefruit, was bred with Grape Ape. The result is fruity, sweet-smelling flower cannabis thanks to its mix of valencene, limonene, myrcene, pinene, and other terpenes. 
  • Lucky Charms: Another 50/50 hybrid, Lucky Charms is a cross between The White and Appalachia strains. And if you’ve ever had Appalachia, you’ll know Lucky Charms for its sweet flavors and aromas that fall somewhere between berry-citrus and pine. This flower bud is typically thickly coated in trichomes. 

If you’re curious about experiencing valencene in cannabis, why not give one of these strains a try? You may just find a new marijuana favorite. Don’t forget, you can always talk about more strains containing valencene with a cannabis expert at one of our licensed dispensary locations

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