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There are over 200 terpenes found in marijuana, and multiple types are found in different strains in different ratios.

Dr Ethan Russo, respected neuroscientist, claims terpenes from cannabis produce a synergy within the body that treats a myriad of ailments.

Marijuana has the ability to uniquely combine this organic material with cannabinoids. Subsequently, this merger allows for individualized health benefits.

Terpenes are also responsible for the great smell of cannabis!

This article has used several medical studies as sources, these sources can all be found at the foot of this piece of writing. The number in parenthesis corresponds to the study that is applicable.

Limonene

  • Anti-inflammatory Effects (1)
  • Demonstrates The Ability To Prevent The Spread of Malignant Cells (2)

Lanalool

  • Anti-inflammatory (3)
  • Pain Reliever (3)
  • Evidence Lanalool Can Act As Anticonvulsant (4)

Mycrene

  • The Ability To Release Opiates Inside The Human Body Without Need For Opiate Pills (5)
  • Relieves Pain Through Analgesic Properties (5)
  • Can Act As A Natural Sedative (6)

Pinene

  • POWERFUL Anti-inflammatory Effects (7)
  • Can Relieve Symptoms of Crohn’s Disease And Much More (7)
  • Pinene Can Help With Asthma (8)

Terpineol

  • Pain Reliever (9)
  • Anti-Inflammatory (9)
  • Terpineol May Be Helpful For Those With Small Cell Lung Carcinoma (10)

The 5 Most Common Cannabinoids Found In Marijuana

Cannabis also contains several different cannabinoids, these are beneficial to humans because of our endocannabinoid system.

The 5 most common cannabinoids found in marijuana are:

  • THC (Tetrahydrocannbinol)
  • CBD (Cannbidiol)
  • CBC (Cannabichromene)
  • CBN (Cannabinol)
  • CBG (Cannabigerol)

What is the Endocannabinoid System?

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Medical Studies Used As Sources :
  • (1) Skin Repair properties of d-Limonene and Perillyl Alcohol In Murine Models. D’Alessio, Michahi, & Bisson. (2014)
  • (2) Human Breast Tissue And Bioactivity of Limonene In Women With Early-Stage Breast Cancer. Miller, Lang, & Ley. (2013).
  • (3) Antiinflammatory Activity of Linalool And Linalyl Acetate Constituents of Essential Oils. Peana, D’Aquila, & Panin. (2002). 
  • (4) Anticonvulsant Activity of The Linalool Enantiomers and Racemate: Investigation of Chiral Influence. De Sousa, Nobrega, & Santos (2010)
  • (5) Effects of Mycrene on Nociception In Mice. Rao, Menezes, & Viana  (1990)
  • (6) Central Effects of Citral, Mycrene, And Limonene, Constituents of Essential Oil Chemotypes. Do Vale, Furtado, & Santos (2002)
  • (7) Taming THC: Potential Cannabis Synergy And PhytoCannabinoid-Terpenoid Entourage Effcts. Russo (2011).
  • (8) Upper Airway And Pulmonary Effects of Oxidization Products Of (+)-Alpha-Pinene,  DLimonene,  And Isoprene In BALB/c Mice. Rohr, Wilkens, & Clausen (2002)
  • (9) A-Terpinol, A Monoterpene Alcohol, Complexed With B-Cyclodextrin Exerts Antihyperalgesic Effect In Animal Model For Fibromyalgia. Oliveira, Brito, & Santos (2016)
  • (10) Alpha-Terpineol: A Potential Anticancer agent Which Acts Through Suppressing NF-KB Signalling. Hassan, Gail-Muhtasib, & Goransson (2010)
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