What Are Terpenes and What Are They Good for?

Terpenes are aromatic compounds found naturally in marijuana plants that give certain plants distinct flavors and scents, and effects. Terpenes can offer benefits such as: relaxation, energy boost, creativity, and so much more. These benefits make terpenes essential in the cannabis experience –especially for medical cannabis users. And recent research has made great strides in uncovering the many therapeutic benefits of terpenes. For example, their ability to help reduce stress and anxiety, boost mood and cognitive function, plus relieve pain and inflammation.

1. Myrcene Terpene

Myrcene is a fascinating terpene in many plants like hops, lemongrass, thyme, eucalyptus, and citrus. In cannabis, myrcene has a synergistic relationship with THC, allowing for faster onset of effects. Myrcene’s soothing effect makes it useful for those seeking fast-acting pain relief or sleep aid. But that’s not all – myrcene offers additional benefits as well. It’s an antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, and analgesic. And this makes it a valuable addition to any holistic health regimen.

2. Pinene Terpene

Pinene is a naturally occurring compound in plants like pine needles, citrus, basil, and rosemary. Not only does it provide a delightful aroma, but it also has therapeutic effects. The Pinene terpene is responsible for that fresh forest scent we all love. But the benefits of pinene don’t stop there. In marijuana, it gives an exceptional taste and aroma. Additionally, the effects of Pinene include pain relief, aiding memory improvement, and acting as a potent anti-inflammatory. Moreover, pinene is a unique bronchodilator. That means it helps allow more air into the lungs – making it perfect for anyone who wants to breathe a little easier.

3. Limonene Terpene

Limonene (lemon) terpene is usually in citrus fruits such as oranges, lemons, and limes. And it is easily distinguishable by its citrusy and joyous scent. Besides its zesty flavor, limonene has been the focus of many studies, and its benefits are indisputable. As a natural anti-inflammatory and antioxidant, it can help reduce inflammation and fight free radicals. Furthermore, limonene may also have anticancer, antiviral, antidiabetic, and gastroprotective properties. But perhaps one of the most noticeable advantages of consuming limonene is the sense of euphoria it provides.

4. Beta-Caryophyllene

Beta-caryophyllene is a terpene known for its amazing effects on mood and stress levels. It is in cloves, black pepper, lavender, and cinnamon leaves. This natural compound has become increasingly popular for its many health benefits. The potential benefits of Beta-caryophyllene include reduced anxiety to seizure treatment. Moreover, it has anti-inflammatory properties and analgesic qualities. And there is more! There has been no evidence of tolerance build-up to the effects of beta-caryophyllene. So, it is a reliable option for those looking for long-lasting relief.

5. Humulene Terpene

If you are a beer enthusiast, you may already know the humulene terpene. This compound is responsible for the musky scent in beer from the hops. But did you know it’s in cloves and ginger? More importantly, humulene is most beneficial when ingested. It is known to relax consumers, boost creativity, alleviate pain, and calm the mind, in addition to sedation. Furthermore, studies have found that humulene is a great appetite suppressant, aid for allergies and asthma, and an anti-inflammatory. Recent studies also focus on its potential tumor-reducing capabilities.

6. Linalool Terpene

Linalool is a natural terpene that is popular among researchers and enthusiasts alike. It is abundant in nature, and it is particularly distinct in lavender. Thanks to its calming properties, this terpene is an effective tool in reducing stress and improving moods. However, Linalool’s benefits do not stop there. It possesses anti-inflammatory, antimicrobial, neuroprotective, and anticancer properties, and so on. And this makes it an excellent natural alternative for combating various health issues.