Cannabis and the hops in beer are cousins, both members of the Cannabaceae family of plants. These two plants have a lot of similarities in both physical and chemical characteristics, so it makes sense that they naturally compliment each other. Both also have resinous green flowers that produce terpenes responsible for pungent aromas and a delicious taste.
Terpenes play a big role in the flavor profile of a beer, however, in cannabis, not only do they affect the overall taste and aroma, they also influence the high. Cannabis and hops actually share a lot of the same terpenes, like myrcene, pinene, and humulene. There’s a reason people use the same descriptors to talk about weed and beer: earthy, floral, skunky, citrus, spice, etc.
Here’s a list of types…
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