There has been an increase in attention given to the organic components of marijuana beyond tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) and cannabidiol (CBD). One of the most recently talked about element of marijuana is terpene content. If you have been following trends in health and wellness, you may have noticed that essential oils are being championed for their medicinal value. Interestingly enough, many of these essential oils contain terpenes, which are the main reason why these oils have various, although subtle, effects. Today, we are going to define terpenes as well identify what they have to do with medical marijuana and how they impact you.
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What Are Terpenes?
If you have ever smelled the marijuana flower, or “bud,” you may have noticed a distinct smell. If you have smelled different strains of marijuana, you may have noticed that each one smells different; sometimes the differences are subtle, while other times they are extreme. Patients describe certain smells as having lots of citrus notes while others are closer to berries or lavender. This is largely in part due to the naturally-occurring terpenes in the marijuana.
Terpenes aren’t just found in marijuana. Terpenes are found in all essential oils and are the reason why certain things smell the way they do. Terpenes are a large class of organic compounds, and they can be broken down into two basic categories: monoterpenes and sesquiterpenes. These two types of terpenes have different effects on the mind, and many aromatherapists have written about the subtle effects of smelling and diffusing terpenes through essential oils.
Monoterpenes include limonene (responsible for citrus-like smells in lemon, bergamot, carrot, and fennel), pinene (responsible for woodsy smells in coriander, cypress, eucalyptus, pines, and oregano), and camphene (also responsible for wood-like smells in pines, juniper, fir, and spruce). If you have ever smelled a marijuana strain like Lemon G or Cinex and immediately thought of lemons, that might be due to the high limonene content in these strains.Aromatherapists tend to note that monoterpenes provide a warming energy and sensation to the mind and skin when inhaled or applied topically.
While monoterpenes are known for their warming and energetic properties, sesquiterpenes are known for their calm and soothing effects. Sesquiterpenes are found in lavender, sage, marjoram, patchouli, chamomile, and so much more.
Terpenes and Marijuana
There have been over 100 different terpenes identified in cannabis plants, and every strain has a completely different terpene profile. The idea behind caring about terpenes in your medical marijuana is that terpenes can have synergistic interactions with cannabinoids. It is possible that terpenes help regulate and mediate our body’s interaction with other cannabinoids, meaning that each strain will have a unique effect on your body that is subtly different from another strain.
Researchers are still trying to index and identify which terpenes in marijuana, combined with the THC and CBD content, provide specific sensations or mental reactions. For example, marijuana strains with a high linalool content (linalool can be found in basil, lavender, thyme, ginger, and oregano, just to name a few) may induce greater levels or relaxation, while strains with high levels of limonene can impart a feeling of elevated mood.
Terpenes for Sale
You can purchase essential oils, which include a whole host of terpenes in them, and then diffuse the oils so you can feel the impact of the terpenes. You can also feel the impact of certain terpenes when you ingest medical marijuana. The analysis and development of terpene identification in marijuana has brought a new level of horticulture and awareness of the effects of marijuana.
If you are in the Canton, Illinois area, and you are a medical marijuana patient looking to experience the positive, synergistic effects of terpenes in marijuana, be sure to visit Salveo Health and Wellness. Our staff will help find the right strain for you and your medical condition. Visit our website today to learn more.