11 PROFILES OF CANNABIS TERPENES
Terpenes are a plant’s “essential oils,” or the primary building blocks of any plant resin, and they are largely responsible for the scents, flavors and colors of plants. Modern research will continue to dive deeper into how terpenes influence the effects of cannabis on the human body as some terpenes have been found to have medicinal benefits. That means, there are non-psychoactive compounds that can be used to safely treat an array of medical conditions.
While there are many different terpenes in cannabis, here are 11 profiles you should know about:
Flavor + Aroma Citrus.
Medicinal Uses Limonene can be used to help promote weight loss, prevent and treat cancer, and treat bronchitis. It can also be used to make ointments and medicinal creams that penetrate the skin better.
Strain Shishkaberry and Cold Creek Kush
Flavor + Aroma Earthy and musky with a hint of fruity flavors.
Medicinal Uses Myrcene has been shown to be an effective anti-inflammatory . It also works as a sedative and muscle relaxer. This could possible contribute to the tired/stoned feeling often attributed to indicas.
Flavor + Aroma Floral with a hint of spice. In addition to cannabis, linalool can be found in an array of flowers, mint, cinnamon, and even some fungi.
Medicinal Uses Can be used as an anti-inflammatory. It also helps to modulate motor movements. Another study found that Linalool could be used to help treat liver cancer.
4. Alpha Bisabolol
Flavor + Aroma Floral. Alpha bisabolol is also found in chamomile.
Medicinal Uses Can be used to heal wounds, fights bacteria, and can be used a deodorizer. Research suggests alpha bisabolol has been effective in treating a variety of inflammations.
5. Delta 3 Carene
Flavor + Aroma Piney and earthy.
Medicinal Uses Studies have found Delta 3 Carene to be an effective anti-inflammatory. It is also known to dry fluids like tears, running noses, and menstrual flows.
Flavor + Aroma Earthy and camphor.
Medicinal Uses Borneol can be used as an analgesic, anti-insomnia, antiseptic, and bronchodilator.
7. Alpha-Pinene + Beta-Pinene
Flavor + Aroma Pine. This is, of course, partially where pine trees get their scent from.
Medicinal Uses Pinene has been shown to have anti-inflammatory properties.
Flavor + Aroma Spicy. Eucalyptol is used as a cooking spice and fragrance.
Medicinal Uses Eucalyptol is used in a variety of products including cough suppressants, mouthwash, and body powder.
Flavor + Aroma Pine, clove.
Medicinal Uses Studies suggest cannabis-extracted terpineol contains antioxidant properties.
Strain CBD God’s Bud
Flavor + Aroma Hoppy. Cannabis and hops are basically cousins.
Medicinal Uses Studies suggest that caryophyllene may help treat anxiety and depression.
Flavor + Aroma Herbal.
Medicinal Uses Camphene has been shown to possess anti-inflammatory and antibiotic characteristics.
Terpenes are also responsible for the fragrant oils that give cannabis its aromatic diversity. 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. Stay curious as science continues to research how terpenes influence the effects of cannabis on the human body.