What’s the Deal With Terpenes?
Regardless of whether you’re a medicinal or recreational cannabis user, you’ve likely experienced a situation where partaking makes you feel a certain way when you buy it one time, but a different way when you buy it the next time. This is because there’s a lot more to cannabis than the high you get from THC. Arguably, most of the therapeudic benefits are from something else entirely, terpenes!
Terpenes are the plant molecules often used in alternative medicine like aromatherapy, but there are a few that are particularly relevant in the cannabis plant.
Each terpene is credited with different therapeudic effects by those in the alternative medicine field.
For example, many aromatherapists suggest citrus smells for anxiety and antidepressant effects, and studies have shown that citrus may be helpful in those circumstances. This is believed to be due to the terpene Limonene found in citrus fruits.
A study from 2019 further supported the claim. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/30905156
That same terpene, as well as many others, is present in cannabis. When you partake of a strain that is high in Limonene, you may experience similar effects.
Generally, each strain is bred to have a certain amount of selected terpenes. So, when you have a strain with effects you are particularly fond of, those primary terpenes are responsible.
A-Pinene, Linalool, Beta Caryophyllene, Myrcene, and Limonene are some of the most noticeable, but there are hundreds, and every strain is different.
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