One commonly forgotten and overlooked benefit of cannabis is how it can present users with a plethora of wonderful effects through its terpenes. Terpenes are present in many plants; they are what give pine trees, lavender, and even oranges their smell. Terpenes are also what give essential oils their supposed health and relaxation benefits. But what role do Terpenes play in the cannabis world and why are they so important?
Cannabis contains a very high amount of terpenes, which is what gives it its strong smell. However, a strong aroma isn’t the only thing cannabis terpenes are providing for you! They also offer several health benefits and can act as an antidepressant, anti-inflammatory, and ease anxiety. Three of the most notable and effective terpenes present in cannabis are Myrcene, Limonene, and Linalool.
Myrcene is the most abundant terpene in cannabis, which is where it’s mostly found in nature. In fact, myrcene makes up as much as 65% of the total terpene profile in some strains. Myrcene smell often reminds of earthy, musky notes, resembling cloves. It also has a fruity, red grape-like aroma. Strains that contain 0.5% of this terpene are usually indicas with sedative effects. It has also been reported that myrcene is useful in reducing inflammation and chronic pain, which is why it’s usually recommended as a supplement during cancer treatments. One strain that is rich in Myrcene is White Runtz, and it’s available in Delta 8 flower form in the ATLRx shop online and in-store!
Limonene is the second most abundant terpene in all cannabis strains, but not all strains necessarily have it. As its name suggests, limonene gives strains a citrusy smell that resembles lemons, which is no surprise as all citrus fruits contain large amounts of this compound. Limonene is also used in cosmetics and cleaning products. For therapeutic purposes, limonene is known to improve mood and reduce stress. Researchers also found it to have antifungal and antibacterial properties and one research even found it to have a role in reducing tumor size!
Linalool is another terpene commonly found in cannabis. This terpene is responsible for the recognizable marijuana smell with its spicy and floral notes. Linalool is also found in mint, lavender, cinnamon and coriander. What’s interesting is that just like those aromatic herbs, it has very strong sedative and relaxing properties. Patients suffering from arthritis, depression, seizures, insomnia and even cancer, have all found aid in this amazing terpene.