Part 2: What You Need to Known About Cannabis Terpenes

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Photo Credit: MassRoots

In our previous post, we provided a brief overview about the benefits of terpenes that can be found in various plants like cannabis, and that contribute to the overall symptom relief of a cannabis dosing regimen. Today, we will go through the most popular terpenes found in cannabis and discuss how they contribute to the efficacy of one's regimen. 

One of the most common terpenes found in cannabis is myrcene. It's recognized for it's musky, mango-like aroma, and it is responsible for providing sedative and sleepy effects. Strains high in myrcene are expected to be quite potent, and they help THC enter the brain faster. Another terpene, known for its lemon citrus scent, is limonene. Limonene is thought to relieve anxiety and may have anti-tumor properties when it comes to treating breast cancer. It may also fight acne-causing bacteria, fungal infections, and help those who suffer from gastrointestinal disorders. Another terpene known for its sharp and acidic pine-like scent is known as alpha-pinene. Alpha-pinene acts as a bronchodilator and may have anti-inflammatory properties. Some research suggests is may also improve memory.

Beta-caryophyllene is a special terpene that can also bind with cannabinoid receptors like cannabinoids do. Beta-caryophyllene is able to bind to the same locations as CBD, which allows it to produce anti-inflammatory properties, ease anxiety, and fight depression. This terpene can be recognized by its sharp, black pepper scent. It also buffers against some of the psychoactive effects of THC. Lastly, the terpene linalool produces a lavender scent, and acts as an anticonvulsant and muscle relaxant. Its effects are further enhanced alongside CBD. This terpene is also an anxiolytic that can quell stress and promote a sense of calm in a much more mild way than the sedative myrcene. 

This concludes our short series on terpenes. This information has been provided by MassRoots and approved by our Chief Medical Officer.