The “Original Six” Terpenoid Line
Also found in: Pine Needles, Rosemary, Basil, Parsley, Dill
Feelings of alertness and focus are common in strains containing high levels of pinene. Short term memory retention may also be improved, and creative inspiration can be stimulated through pinene’s cerebral properties. Pinene is also known to counteract some of the adverse effects of THC, such as paranoia.
There are quite a few strains on the market with high beta-pinene content. Jack Herer is one, as is Dutch Treat, Romulan, Blue Dream, Island Sweet Skunk and OG Kush are just a few of the others. Note that this terpene is present in indica, sativa and hybrid strains alike.
Vaporizes at 155°C (311°F)
SPICY – WOODY – CLOVES
Also found in: Black Pepper, Oregano, Cloves, Cinnamon
Caryophyllene can play an important role in reducing pain, preventing seizures, and even decreasing plaque buildup in the arteries. Caryophyllene enhances the pain-reducing strength of low-dose morphine. This could be one reason why those using prescription opioids for pain are often able to decrease their dose of opioids when they begin using medical cannabis.
There are numerous inflammatory diseases that affect the digestive tract when given treatment with caryophyllene it showed to have helped by decreasing inflammation in the colon.
Vaporizes at 119°C (246°F)
SWEET – EARTHY – PINEY
Also found in: Rosemary, Basil, Bell Pepper, Cedar, Turpentine
The effects are deeply introspective and motivational and can be great for fighting fatigue as well as chronic pain, stress and even appetite loss. Three carene may be an effective contributor towards combating fibromyalgia, arthritis, and osteoporosis, in addition to possibly promoting memory retention and mental sharpness.
Three carene may hold promise battling acute inflammation and has shown properties that promote bone health.
Vaporizes at 170°C (338°F)
CLOVES – EARTHY – HERBAL
Also found in: Mango, Lemongrass, Thyme, Hops
It is known to have anti-inflammatory, anti-bacterial and pain-relieving (analgesic) properties. Myrcene has a sedative, calming and relaxing effect. It is known to increase the psychoactive effects of THC. The pioneering Russo Study concluded multiple beneficial interactions between myrcene and several major cannabinoids, including THC and CBD.
- CBD + Myrcene: Decreases inflammation, fights cancer, reduces pain.
- CBG + Myrcene: Anti-cancer.
- THC + Myrcene: Analgesic (reduces pain) and muscle relaxant; enhanced sedative and tranquilization benefits.
Vaporizes at 167°C (332°F)
Also found in: Lavender
Also known to carry anti-anxiety, alangesic and anti-inflammatory properties, linalool can also aid with insomnia due to its sedative nature. Linalool has a calming effect on the body and mind, acting as a potent muscle relaxer and possible anti-depressant and anti-psychotic. Linalool vapors have been shown to reduce levels of anxiety and depression-like behaviors.
Perhaps the most exciting therapeutic use for linalool is its emerging potential as a novel Alzheimer’s disease treatment. Linalool reversed many of the behavioral and cognitive impairments associated with the disease. Further, it reduced the number of brain plaques and cellular tangles that contribute to brain degeneration.
Vaporizes at 198°C (388°F)
PINE – FLORAL – HERBAL
Also found in: Lilacs, Pine Trees, Lime Blossoms, Eucalyptus Sap
Terpineol is one of the contributors to the feeling of sedation when consuming cannabis. For patients with severe dysfuctional pain and inflammation, terpineol can provide therapeutic effects to reduce the severity and consistency of flare-ups.
Terpineol was found to inhibit tumor cell growth, especially in small cell lung carcinoma cells. Studies show this terpene is able to help manage pain and inflammation, reduce the frequency and intensity of seizures, act as a gastroprotective, and kill bacteria.
Vaporizes at 218°C (424°F)