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Exploring the Terpenes: Aroma and Flavor Profiles of Coastal Sun Cultivars

While we love the medicinal effects of cannabinoids in the cannabis plant, like THC and CBD, we also love those delicious terps. Terps, short for terpenes, are the chemical compounds in cannabis that produce each cultivar’s unique flavor and fragrance.

Coastal Sun containers and flavor profiles including fruit, pine, and cheese, all over ocean and palm tree graphic

They are determined by the initial seed’s genetic makeup and the environment it’s grown in. Naturally, terpenes help to attract pollinators, repel predators, and recover from damage or illness.

When consumed, a plant's terpene profile and percentage can also significantly influence how you feel. Coastal Sun and all our partner farms grow cannabis organically in nutrient-rich soil, resulting in the most flavorful, terpene-rich flower. Beyond flavor and effects, terpenes also have medicinal properties that can be anti-inflammatory, anti-bacterial, and even neuroprotectant to aid in the recovery of the nervous system. Myrcene, terpineol, limonene, α-pinene, linalool, humulene, and caryophyllene are the most common terpenes found in cultivars. However, every cultivar has as many as 15 terpenes, each with unique flavors, and they usually blend to exude a variety of tastes and smells.

Our dedication to providing detailed information, including terpene classification and flavor descriptors, empowers you to make informed choices and appreciate the complexity of each strain.

On each of our flower jars, in addition to the genetics and testing percentages, we provide you with the top three flavor descriptors and utilize a specific terpene classification system to categorize the rest into five different profiles: Dank, Green-Herbal, Woody-Spicy, Floral-Fruity, and Gassy.

Below are descriptions of some of our favorite and most flavorful cultivars. Review them and their accompanying terpene profiles. Which ones have you tried? Did you taste the different terps?

A classic: Banjo – Sweet Citrus, Cream

Coastal Sun Banjo container with pinecone, pine leaves, orange, cheese over orange background

Banjo represents the cornerstone of Coastal Sun’s lineup of organically grown flowers. This beautiful cultivar was developed in-house and loves growing on Coastal Sun’s central farm in Santa Cruz County. Banjo contains the perfect blend of tangy zest and pine flavors with subtle hints of cheese. The combination creates unique aromas and flavors unmatched by other strains. The resulting feelings are as unique as the aromas: a wonderful mix of euphoria, creativity, uplifted energy, and pain relief. Many love smoking Banjo during the day, and many find it perfect for unwinding into a relaxing evening.

THC: 26-30%

Genetics: Boost x Tangelo

Breeder: Strong Agronomy

Type: Sativa Leaning Hybrid

Lead Terps: β-Myrcene, D-Limonene, α-Pinene

Fresh n’ Fruity: Tropicana Cookies – Orange, Spice, Floral

Coastal Sun Tropicana Cookies container with orange, grapefruit, and mint over light pink and orange background

Tropicanna Cookies is sought after for its vibrantly purple nugs and invigorating effects. This cross between GSC and Tangie has sharp, spicy, orange aromas with subtle sweet undertones. It continues to burst into refreshing tropical citrus on the inhale and lightly floral flavors on the exhale. Be prepared to get up and go because this cultivar is well-known to induce buzzing feelings of motivation that may also stimulate your appetite. This cultivar has been grown in both greenhouse and sungrown environments, both memorably terpene-rich.

THC: 27%

Genetics: GSC x Tangie

Breeder: Bomb Seeds

Type: Sativa

Lead Terps: α-Humulene, D-Limonene, Linalool

The heavy hitter: Zawtz – Sweet, Diesel, Citrus

Coastal Sun Zawtz container with grapefruit, grapes, and kiwi over light green and yellow background

Referred to as a ‘modern’ Zkittles cultivar, Zawtz is a powerhouse cross of Zkittlez, Gelatti, and King Louie XIII OG. The flavors are sweet but gassy, with aromas of piney-like diesel and subtle sugary grapes. This cultivar comes in a convenient 10-pack of mini pre-rolls that may bring about joyous feelings. It’s a head-to-toe experience, switching the mind from work mode to relaxation while allowing the body to let go and unwind. It may be just what you need for a restful night’s slumber.

THC: 30%

Genetics: Zkittlez x Gelatti x King Louie XIII OG

Breeder: Cannarado Genetics

Type: Indica Hybrid

Lead Terps: β-Caryophyllene, D-Limonene, α-Humulene

A sungrown delight: Apple Fritter – Sour, Lemon, Green Mint

Coastal Sun Apple Fritter container with green apple, strawberry, orange, and cherry over light orange and yellow background

Sour Apple and Animal Cookies are the genetic recipe for this sweet fruity cultivar. Apple Fritter has apple, strawberry, and lemon aromas with subtle hints of earth and fresh green pastures. It's a satisfying addition to complement your afternoon. It may alleviate daily worries and replace them with intoxicating feelings of creativity and a slight craving for a snack.

THC: 29.29%

Genetics: Sour Apple x Animal Cookies

Breeder: Lumpy’s Flowers

Type: Hybrid

Lead Terps: β-caryophyllene, D-Limonene, α-Humulene

Our dedication to providing detailed information, including terpene classification and flavor descriptors, empowers you to make informed choices and appreciate the complexity of each strain. Whether you're seeking a citrusy and creamy experience like Banjo or a tropical and spicy sensation like Tropicana Cookies, our cultivars deliver an array of delightful flavors and effects.

By growing our cannabis organically and in nutrient-rich soil, Coastal Sun ensures the most flavorful and terpene-rich flowers, resulting in an enhanced sensory journey for you to enjoy. We offer a variety of flavor profiles that cater to different preferences. If you didn’t see your favorite cultivar on this list, you can find a more extensive list on our products page.

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