CBD (Cannabidiol), in conjunction with THC (tetrahydrocannabinol) and the terpenes present in cannabis are what make medical marijuana, or MMJ, so useful. Terpenes are known to show synergistic effects in combination with cannabinoids like THC. The effect is known as the "entourage effect," and because the ingredients magnify each other’s impact, is what makes the cannabis plant effective.
Terpenes offer physical effects which include:
- Antibacterial, anti-inflammatory, and antifungal properties
- Pain relief
- Relief from muscle spasms
Additionally, certain terpenes ease the mental impact of:
Terpenes Commonly Found in Marijuana
An individual terpene is not a one-stop relief shop. While there are hundreds of terpenes found in the many strains of cannabis at local dispensaries, the ones listed below are prominent in popular cannabis strains.
Myrcene has citrusy and herbal aromas. Mostly present in fruits like mango, it acts as a muscle relaxant. Myrcene also contains anti-inflammatory properties, according to the National Library of Medicine.
Linalool is a naturally occurring terpene in lavender. It’s a strong aroma, can be sedative, and is often used in essential oils for aromatherapy purposes. Linalool’s relaxing properties address issues like anxiety and depression. We do a deep dive into Linalool in this piece from the Abstrax blog.
Pinene’s pine aroma comes from the pine needles and conifer trees where it is found. It offers anti-inflammatory properties and offers relief as a bronchodilator, increasing airflow to the through the body and into the lungs. Check out the full rundown on Pinene in this piece.
Limonene is found in citrus fruits. It is abundant in nature and in assisting in the treating of depression and anxiety. As a bonus, the sweet fragrance elevates the mood. Limonene’s antioxidant properties aid in treating inflammation in the lungs. Here is a full rundown on Limonene’s benefits.
Humulene’s earthy aroma is found in hops. It is also known as α-caryophyllene and aids in tumor and cancer treatments. It is also an appetite suppressant with anti-inflammatory and antibacterial properties, as well, according to HelloMD.
It is also termed as β-caryophyllene and gives off a woody aroma. It is also found in black pepper. Caryophyllene has anti-inflammatory properties, and is commonly found in these strains.
Borneol has a minty aroma, and is yet another terpene that can act as an anti-inflammatory, especially for lung inflammation and neuropathic pain, as noted by the National Library of Medicine.
Terpineol's aroma is especially reminiscent of lilacs, and is found in perfumes. It offers strong sedative effects, according to De Gruyter.
Why Abstrax terpenes?
Because of the entourage effect, terpenes can be part of a healthy lifestyle, in addition to proper diet and exercise. These naturally occurring compounds have been utilized therapeutically as essential oils for more than 5,000 years. An example of this is the a-Pinene found in Frankincense being used as a meditation aid. Abstrax adheres to rigorous processing and Standard Operating Procedures and creates their products in government-certified facilities. Additionally, Abstrax terpenes and their strains are certified for being organic, solvent-less, natural, filler-free, GMO-free, and food grade. We carry out strict quality assurance procedures in order to ensure high standards.
Where else can I find terpenes?
Terpenes like spices, menthol, and citrus, including Pinene and Limonene have exceptionally pleasant aromas, which is why they are used in the preparation of several perfumes.
Terpenes have an important application i.e., use in insect repellants, primarily citronella and limonene. These are found in the roots, leaves, bark, and flowers of their host plants.
Shark, Chamomile, and Arnica derived oils and Turpentine oil are terpenes which are used in preparing cosmetic products. They typically relax the soul, mind, and body and help in elevation of the mood of an individual. Terpenes also help in the pollination process because of their pungent smell.