You’ve heard about the wonderful results that medicinal cannabis can bring to those who suffer from certain diseases. One component of cannabis, the terpenes that are found in it, have amazing medicinal properties of their own. They are most likely to be used in a synergistic relationship with other elements found in cannabis, but let’s take a look at them on their own.
The Remarkable Medicinal Value of Terpenes
Terpenes aren’t exclusive to cannabis. These organic compounds exist in a whole variety of plants. They’re in hops, and give beer its distinctive fragrance and flavor. When you put your nose in your wine glass before tasting it, you are inhaling terpenes. When you use essential oils, or pamper yourself with aromatherapy, these amazing fragrances come from terpenes. Although we focus on the “entourage effect” that terpenes can have when they are paired with cannabis, let’s take a look at some of the medicinal properties of the terpenes themselves.
This terpene gives citrus fruit its distinctive fragrance. It’s been used in alternative medicine to help with acid reflux, ulcers, and heartburn. It is thought that it helps heal the mucous cells located in the digestive tract. Caution must be used with limonene, because it can be a skin irritant.
This terpene is the most prolific terpene in cannabis, and can constitute up to 50% of the terpene content in certain cannabis plants. Myrcene is found in a variety of plants. Bay leaves, hops, thyme, ylang-ylang, verbena, mango, eucalyptus, and lemongrass all contain an element of myrcene. Myrcene gets its name from the Myrcia Sphaerocarpabush native to Brazil. The roots and leaves of this shrub have long been used to relieve hypertension, diabetes, diarrhea, and dysentery. Myrcene can regulate the effects or other terpenes, as it can change a cell membranes permeability. It’s high content in cannabis helps it to serve as an antibiotic, antispasmodic, and sedative to those that favor whole plant consumption.
This terpene has two parts, a-pinene and B-pinene. Pinene can be found in pine trees, sage, sassafras, sagebrush, eucalyptus, olives, rosemary, bergamot, hops, and cumin. Wow! Pinene is in great abundance in a variety of plants. Its antibacterial and antiviral properties are amazing. It’ a great anti-inflammatory, can have antibiotic effect as well. Here’s the thing – It serves as a bronchodilator, and can fight bacteria and viruses. It’s a perfect solution to treat stubborn strains of bronchitis. It is a recommended option for fighting the MRSA virus as well. It can even benefit brain cognition, improving focus and retention. What a wonder terpene!
Linalool is really prolific, and is found in hundreds of plant species. You can find it in birch, cinnamon, laurel, mint, lavender, coriander, and basil, to name a few. This amazing terpene features strongly in aromatherapy, and has for centuries. It works remarkably well at reducing anxiety and lowering stress levels. Studies done by the National Institute of Health (NIH) confirm its effectiveness as an antidepressant, anticonvulsant, antibacterial, antitumor, and analgesic. What a powerhouse of health benefits!
This terpene is found in cannabis, and also in hops. It has valuable analgesic effects, and anti-inflammatory properties. It has a tendency to act as an appetite suppressant, and may aid in weight loss. Above all this, the most exciting potential for this terpene is its anti-cancer properties! Another study at NIH in 2003 showed promising results.
Terpenes May Improve Your Health
Studies are still being conducted to reveal the many health benefits of terpenes. This may be just the beginning of what we know about these, amazing, smelly compounds.