The Science and Benefits of Terpenes - Part 2

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Photo Credit: Leaf Science

We will followup our previous post that provided a brief overview of cannabis terpenes by going into a deeper discussion of the major cannabinoids found in cannabis and seeing how they can contribute to your medical marijuana regimen. One of the terpenes found in cannabis is myrcene, which can be identified by spicy and woody tastes and scents with just a hint of citrus. Myrcene may provide anti-inflammatory relief, pain relief, and sedation, while also inducing sleep and providing muscle relaxation. Pinene is a woody and earthy terpene reminiscent of pine. It can provide antibacterial effects, act as an analgesic and a bronchodilator, reduce inflammation, and support memory.

Another cannabis terpene is limonene, which is known for its citrus, lemon, and orange profile. Limonene can enhance mood and relaxation, reduce anxiety and depression, and produce anticancer and anti-inflammatory effects. Terpinolene is a sedative and relaxing terpene, which can also act as an antibacterial and antioxidant agent, and can be identified by its woody, sweet, pine, and citrus profile. Caryophyllene is known for its peppery spicy, woody, and clove profile. It acts as an analgesic, antibacterial and anti-inflammatory agent, while also reducing anxiety and depression. Lastly, linalool is a floral, woody, and spicy terpene which can help reduce inflammation and pain, and induce sedation and relaxation.

This information has been provided by Leaf Science and approved by our Chief Medical Officer.