As the rise of cannabis use continues, it’s safe to say that there are certain terms that keep cropping up time and time again. One of which is terpenes. But what are they? And why do you need to know about them? Let’s take a look.
What Are Terpenes?
Essentially, terpenes do not just refer to cannabis. They can be found on many, if not all, plants and even some insects. They contain a strong smell or fragrance that protects the plant by deterring potential threats looking for a snack.
Experts will refer to them as essential oils. Although this can traditionally be the case for a range of plants, in this instance, we reference specifically cannabis terpenes: the effect they have and the medical benefits, and how this impacts the taste.
The Effects Of Terpenes
In 2011, the neurologist Ethan Russo published a paper that detailed the effect of terpenes when combined with cannabinoids. For some time, it was thought that only THC was the psychoactive chemical worth knowing when it comes to marijuana.
Terpenes Chart: Top and Most Notable
However, Russo’s research highlighted just how terpenes can both increase and decrease the effects of THC in the body. To demonstrate, we list the ten most notable below:
The varying cannabis terpenes can have heightening effects. Out of the ten most popular terpenes found in cannabis, in terms of the heightening effect, myrcene that stands out. It intensifies the potency of THC, encourages sedation, and has anti-inflammatory and pain-relieving effects.
Secondly, Limonene has been identified as an antidepressant. Furthermore, Beta-Caryophyllene, humulene, and pinene are all known for their anti-inflammatory effects.
The Medicinal Benefits
It’s important to realize that terpenes are medically beneficial. They are helpful to individuals seeking relief from pain or illness. Inflammation may also be relieved through the use of the right cannabis terpenes.
According to Russo’s aforementioned research, terpenes may also help treat a number of medical issues such as anxiety and depression, addiction, cancer, and even bacterial infections. Thanks to the rise of essential oils, the general public’s attention have learned more about the benefits of cannabis terpenes.
The Flavor Profiles
The assorted terpenes provide unique smells and tastes. The aroma of the common Myrcene is earthy and herbal. Limonene (as you may expect) is citrusy. Pinene is (you guessed it) pine. And Linalool is floral, spicy, and a little citrusy too. Think about the flavor profiles you enjoy before deciding on which cannabis strain or concentrates to purchase.
Which Terpene Is Best?
That depends on the patient and preference. When self-remedying with marijuana, educate yourself on the best methods of consumption and the dosing correct for your condition.
Many patients and those who suffer from inflammation find that this terpene works best for them and their lifestyle. Myrcene has also helped with anxiety.
Terpinolene is another “stress-reducing” terpene that may assist with insomnia and other sleep disorders.
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