Cannabis has one of the most arguably recognizable scents in the world. Crack open a bag and the whole room can smell it. Light up and walk into a bar 20 minutes later and yeah, we know you've been smoking the reefer.
The science behind cannabis and terpenes is solid, and the aroma behind cannabis comes from the terpenes within it. To date there are over 100 different terpenes that have been identified in the cannabis plant.
Some promote relaxation and better sleep, while others tend to make you more focused, or alert.
Each different cannabis terpene has its own profile, and not all strains have every single terpene in it.
The market has been flooded with essential oils over the past few years. And terpenes are essentially that.
They are a diverse class of organic compounds that a number of plants, and some insects, produce.
Terpenes are fragrant oils within the cannabis, and have a vast range of different scents and flavors to them.
Strong smelling plants have developed these terpenes over the time to ward off potential predators. Many things can influence the terpenes being produced, including the soil that the plant is grown in, the growth stage it is in, the weather, etc.
Terpenes have a number of different health benefits, and are an important thing to consider when you're looking at different types of cannabis, or CBD oils.
Depending on what effect you are looking for, you may want to choose cannabis strains with different terpenes. For instance, Myrcene is highly sedating, while Alpha-Pinene may make you feel more alert.
Terpenes also contribute to the "Entourage Effect", and can directly impact the high you get from ingesting cannabis by interacting with THC. They work synergistically with the other compounds in the plant to boost their effects, or in some cases tone them down.
Each terpene has unique benefits, and we've outlined the most common ones here for you.
Cannabis and Terpenes
Myrcene is a highly desirable terpene that can be found in many different herbs, plants, and fruits. Some common places that you'll find this terpene outside of cannabis is hops, thyme, basil, and lemongrass.
Mangoes also have high concentrations of myrcene, and is worth mentioning that eating this before you ingest cannabis can increase its absorption rate and the effects of the THC. It is also the most common terpene that you will come across in cannabis.
Having sedative properties to it, Myrcene is also noted for its anti-inflammatory and analgesic effects.
Popular strains that are high in Myrcene include Special Kush, White Widow, and Himalayan Gold.
Myrcene Health Benefits
Anti-inflammatory - Studies have shown Myrcene to be a powerful anti-inflammatory, and is highly recommended for ailments such as arthritis. It is also an anti-catabolic, and can help slow the breakdown of muscle mass.
Analgesic- As a result of a study done on mice, Dr. Ethan Russo concluded that Myrcene had a significant analgesic and sedating effect, worked as a muscle relaxant, and also caused sleep, especially when consumed in high doses.
AntibioticEnhancing - Studies have shown that several terpenes, not just Myrcene, have the ability to enhance the activity and effects of certain antibiotics.
Sedative - Myrcene at high do