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.
Terpenes in Cannabis And What They Do:
This terpene exhibits an earthy/woody smell, with flavours of hops, ginseng, basil, coriander/cilantro, sage.
Humulene has been shown to help prevent tumours from spreading and growing, as well as promoting weight loss for the obese.Humulene is also a known anti-inflammatory, antibacterial, pain reliever, and appetite suppressor.
This spicy and woody smelling terpene tastes of black pepper, cinnamon, cloves, oregano, or rosemary.
This terpene is the only one that binds to the CB2 receptor within the human endocannabinoid system. This means that carophyllene is excellent for topical absorption. Carophyllene can reduce alcohol intake and is also used as an anti-inflammatory, anxiety reducer, and an anti-depressant.
Bisabolol reeks of flowers and tastes of chamomile. This terpene can also improve topical penetration of balms/oils (CBD or THC) into the skin.
There is evidence that this terpene can improve kidney function as well as acting as an antibacterial, antioxidant, and pain-reducing anti-inflammatory.
This cool, minty smelling terpene will usually taste like its namesake, the eucalyptus tree, which is native to Australia. The Koala Bears are on to something here because eucalyptol relieves pain, as well as acting as a powerful anti-fungal.
Studies are currently being undertaken to see if eucalyptol can be beneficial to Alzheimer’s patients.
Nerolidol exhibits woody, citrus, and floral qualities. This terpene tastes of ginger, jasmine tea, citronella, and tea tree.
Nerolidol may have significant benefits for the future of skin health, as well as providing a barrier which stops lice eggs from hatching. This terpene is also great as a sedative, anti-microbial, and anti-fungal.
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: