What is Terpene?
Terpenes are fragrant oils that give cannabis its aromatic smells. These oils are secreted in the flower’s sticky resin glands, the same ones that produce THC, CBD, and other cannabinoids. Terpenes are by no means unique to cannabis; they can be found in many other herbs, fruits, and plants as well.
What are terpenes and terpenoids?
A terpene is a naturally occurring hydrocarbon based on combinations of the isoprene unit. Terpenoids are compounds related to terpenes, which may include some oxygen functionality or some rearrangement.
What do Terpenes do in cannabis?
Terpenes provide cannabis buds different taste and smell, this is the common traits. Wondering why buds or strains have different smells and even taste? It’s because of Terpenes presents in your cannabis buds.
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Top 3 Common Terpenes around the world
There are over 100 knowns terpenes found under cannabis category. Each plant has different strain tends to have a unique terpene dosage and compositions along with different strains, smells, tastes, and effects.
Linalool has been used for centuries as a sleep aid. Linalool lessens the anxious emotions provoked by pure THC, thus making it helpful in the treatment of both psychosis and anxiety. Studies also suggest that linalool boosts the immune system; can significantly reduce lung inflammation, and can restore cognitive and emotional function (useful for treating Alzheimer’s disease).
Smell: Floral, citrus, candy, sweet
Effects: Anxiety relief, sedative qualities
Medical Value: Anti-anxiety, anti-convulsant, anti-depressant, acne treatment
Can also be found in Lavender Flower
High Linalool Cannabis Strains: G13 and LA Confidential
Limonene is highly absorbed by inhalation and quickly appears in the bloodstream. It assists in the absorption of other terpenes through the skin and other body tissue. It is well documented that limonene suppresses the growth of many species of fungi and bacteria, making it an ideal antifungal agent for ailments such as toenail fungus. Limonene may be beneficial in protecting against various cancers, and orally administered limonene is currently undergoing clinical trials in the treatment of breast cancer.
Limonene has been found to even help promote weight-loss.
Effects: Elevated mood and stress relief
Medical Value: Anti-fungal, anti-inflammatory, anti-bacterial, heartburn, depression
Can be found also in Fruit rinds, rosemary, juniper, peppermint
High Limonene Cannabis Strains: OG Kush and Super Lemon Haze
Myrcene, specifically β-myrcene, is a monoterpene and the most common terpene produced by cannabis (some varieties contain up to 60% of the essential oil). Its aroma has been described as musky, earthy, herbal – akin to cloves. A high myrcene level in cannabis (usually above 0.5%).
Smell: Musky, cloves, earthy, herbal with notes of citrus and tropical fruit
Effects: Relaxation, sleepiness, couch lock
Medical Value: Antioxidant, anti-carcinogenic; good for muscle tension, pain, insomnia, depression
Can be found also in Mango, lemongrass, thyme, hops
High Myrcene Cannabis Strains: Pure Kush, White Widow, Skunk #1[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row]