Terpenoids are more than just aromatics. These chemical compounds also have surprising therapeutic properties.
What are terpenoids?
Terpenoids are a class of natural occurring compounds found within most plants, flowers, and fruits that determine how things smell and taste. The organoleptic character of terpenoids is responsible for the citrusy experience of an orange or the sweet aroma of a pine tree. The presence of terpenoids in cannabis plays a major role in regulating the effect. Not only do terpenoids influence your high, they also provide a myriad of therapeutic benefits.
The cannabis plant produces more than 100 terpenoids but there are only a handful that are produced in high concentrations. Here are a few of the most common.
Myrcene is the most abundant terpene in cannabis, giving the plant an earthy clove scent. This terpene can also be found in plants and fruits like lemongrass and mango. Over the years, myrcene has been proven to have anti-inflammatory properties that can help with pain relief. Myrcene can also enhance the effects of other terpenoids and cannabinoids in your body.
Limonene, another common terpene found in cannabis, is a major component in the oil of citrus fruit peels. With its pleasant lemon-orange smell, this terpene is often used as a flavoring agent in food manufacturing. Limonene consumption has many potential medicinal benefits because of its anti-inflammatory, antibacterial, and antifungal properties.
Linalool carries a relaxing floral scent that’s found in plants such as lavender. It is known for its anti-anxiety, anti-depressant, and stress-relieving qualities. Linalool can help treat anxiety and balance out the anxious side effect sometimes associated with delta-9 THC.
Although clinical studies into terpenoids are ongoing, terpenoids undoubtedly play a vital role in the medicinal and therapeutic benefits of cannabis products.
So, the next time you’re communing with cannabis and inhale the citrusy smell of limonene, or the earthy scent of myrcene, remember that those captivating aromas are also responsible for guiding your high and providing a vast array of medicinal benefits.