Terpenes are naturally occurring oils that give all plants their own distinctive taste and smell.
The unique scent of Marijuana can be hard to miss. In Marijuana, Terpenes do give each strain a unique flavor and scent, and they also help determine the type of effect that you will experience from that strain. While choosing the best strain to treat your ailments such as Sativa and Indica is important, it’s also helpful to learn about the different terpenes and their properties.
There are hundreds of terpenes that can be found in Marijuana. Over time I am going to introduce you to all the most common Cannabis Terpenes, but for today I am going to focus on: Myrcene, Limonene, and Caryophyllene.
Terpene Profile: Limonene
Limonene is known for its distinctive citrus scent. It can also be found in citrus rinds and peppermint. It functions as an anti-depressant, anti-anxiety, anti-fungal, anti-microbial, and immunostimulant. These properties make this terpene great for anyone who is looking to treat depression and anxiety; or to boost their immune system. It has also been known to elevate mood and reduce stress; which makes it perfect for daytime use.
Terpene Profile: Myrcene
The aroma of Myrcene can be described as herbal and earthy. Other plants that contain this terpene include mango and lemongrass. It can serve as an anti-inflammatory, anti-psychotic, anti-bacterial, anti-fungal, muscle relaxant, and sedative. Therefore it would be effective for anyone suffering from inflammation, psychosis, muscle spasms, and insomnia. It can also enhance THC’s psychoactivity, which can create a very pleasant experience.
Terpene Profile: Caryophyllene
Caryophyllene is characterized as having a spicy, wood scent. Other plants which contain this terpene include cloves and basil. It has anti-inflammatory, anti-depressant, and anti-septic properties. It can be used to ease pain, muscle spasms, inflammation, acid reflux and depression. It is also a good choice if you are looking to boost your intake of antioxidants. Antioxidants help to protect cells in your body from damage to free radicals, which can occur from exposure to pollution, smoking, radiation, etc.
Terpenes are so versatile, and there are so many to choose from. Now that you know more about Limonene, Myrcene, and Caryophellene, you can seek out whichever ones seem most useful to your health and recovery. Knowing more about which Terpenes you want to target, will allow you to decide which strains of marijuana work best to suit your individual needs. Each strain at your dispensary will have a list of which Terpenes are most prominent. You can then target the strains that have the highest concentration of the terpenes effects you want to experience. You can search for Terpenes in the marijuana strains online through dispensaries, or you can ask your local budtender!
Be sure to use your knowledge of terpene effects to your benefit now! We will be sure and cover more terpene We will be sure and cover more terpene varieties in the future so stay tuned to learn more.
I’m here to help! If you have any questions or would like to discuss how marijuana might help you, please let me know!
Until next time,
Dr. Judd, MD