Terpenes: The Unsung Heroes of Cannabis
Cannabis contains a largely diverse amount of chemicals and compounds (Cannabinoids). Terpenes are knows as the aromatic pockets located within the glandular trichomes of the plant. There are about one 140 known aromatic hydro carbons known as terpenes, however modern research tends to focus on only six, Pinene, Linalool, Myrcene, Caryophyllene, Limonene and Humulene. Each offers its own special kind of medicinal values as they mediate the body’s interaction with therapeutic cannabinoids.
Pinene spelling sharp, sweet, and like pine is a dilator for the bronchial tubes being good for asthma and overall inflammation.
Linalool emitting a floral, spicy, citrus scent and be calming or sedating while helping with insomnia, anxiety, stress, depression, pain and even convulsions.
Myrcene– giving off odors of musk, cloves, citrus-is effective for inducing relaxation and sedation while enhancing THC’s psycho activity. This Terpene has also shown to be antiseptic, anti bacterial, anti fungal and also an anti inflammatory.
Another is the spicy, peppery, and woody smelling Carphyllene, providing users relief from nerve and muscle pain and insomnia. Humulene emits earthy and woody odors can suppress the appetite, help with pain, inflammation and is also anti fungal.
Limonene also smelling of citrus elevates mode and provides stress relief, can also be found helpful when used for gastric reflux, depression and anxiety. Our final terpene.
How do Terpenes work?
The essential oils are extracted through combustion, vaporization, or steam distillation and are responsible for flavoring and fragrances that some find intoxicating, relaxing or even stress dissolving. While serving as nature’s defense mechanism from bacteria, fungus, insects and environmental stressors, terpenes boost the therapeutic effects of cannabis in medical marijuana patients.