5 Terpenes You Should Pay More Attention To

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Terpenes are being discussed more often in the marijuana industry these days. While they do contribute to the flavor and aroma of marijuana strains, their benefits extend much further. Terpenes have many accepted therapeutic uses. They can be found naturally in marijuana and are also present in thousands of plants. These five terpenes deserve to be in the limelight for their health benefits:

Beta-Caryophyllene

Beta-caryophyllene is also known as BCP. This terpene helps to reduce pain, reduce cravings for nicotine/drugs/alcohol, reduce inflammation, reduce anxiety, reduce depression, and is a powerful cancer fighter. For women with female reproductive health issues, this terpene may help improve the symptoms experienced.

Natural sources other than marijuana include:

  • Rosemary
  • Hops
  • Cloves
  • Oregano
  • Black pepper
  • Black caraway
  • Basil
  • Lavender

Limonene

Limonene is often what aids marijuana strains in having their citrusy aromas and flavors. A unique property of this terpene is that it is an anti-carcinogenic, meaning that it may help to reduce the side effects that smoking has on the body.

Anecdotally, Limonene helps stimulate the immune system, inhibits tumor and cancer cell growth, aids blood glucose regulation, reduces inflammation (helpful for those with arthritis and fibromyalgia), and promotes good liver health. For those with anxiety and mild mood disorders, this may also be a vital tool in your treatment regimen. It also helps the body absorb other terpenes better.

Natural sources other than marijuana include:

  • Fennel
  • Celery
  • Dill
  • Some conifer trees/bushes
  • Cardamom
  • Citrus zest and pulp (tangerines, oranges, mandarin oranges, grapefruit)

Linalool

Linalool is essential for those with significant pain, seizure disorders, anxiety and/or inflammation. It helps the body relax with its sedative properties to help ease stress, tension, and perhaps aid with regulating hormone fluctuations during menstrual cycles and menopause. It can be more effective in marijuana strains that also contain limonene, CBD, CBN, CBC and CBG.

Natural sources other than marijuana include:

  • Mint
  • Cinnamon
  • Citrus zest
  • Coriander
  • Lavender

Myrcene

Myrcene is the terpene to look for if chronic pain is your main reason for using marijuana. Severe chronic pain can lead to sleep disruptions and insomnia, in which the sedative properties of myrcene are beneficial. It is also an anti-psychotic, anti-carcinogen, anti-proliferative and anti-spasmodic aid. Myrcene is used in several full spectrum CBD tinctures to aid with inflammation reduction, insomnia and anxiety relief.

Natural sources other than marijuana include:

  • Lemongrass
  • Eucalyptus
  • Mangoes
  • Basil
  • Parsley
  • Ylang-ylang
  • Cardamom
  • Hops
  • Wild thyme

Nerolidol

If you like to use marijuana or CBD topicals, look for nerolidol as an ingredient. It is a transdermal enhancer that helps the skin absorb other ingredients –  such as essential oils and cannabinoids – that are often in topical products. It is also a great sedative to aid with sleep disruptions, anxiety and insomnia. For those with ulcer conditions, it may help correct or improve symptoms. It may also help reduce the experience of pain. And for those with skin conditions like acne, psoriasis and eczema, it may help reduce flare-ups and keep the skin calm.

Natural sources other than marijuana include:

  • Neroli
  • Ginger
  • Jasmine
  • Lemongrass
  • Citronella
  • Lavender
  • Tea tree

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