Cannabis is a complex plant that includes much more than just THC. Some forms of cannabis like industrial hemp practically have no THC. Then there’s medical or adult use retail cannabis, and it’s rich in THC. What both types of cannabis do have in common is they both contain a wide variety of cannabinoids, minerals, vitamins, and terpenes.
Cannabis is a superfood that is becoming legal just in time to help a world teetering on the brink of dietary disaster. Did you know that cannabis seeds contain the following vitamins, minerals, and more?
- Insoluble fibre
- Phosphorous potassium
- Vitamins B1, B3, B6, E, and C
- Essential fatty acids
It’s more than just cannabinoids, vitamins, and minerals though. Remember there are also terpenes. Let’s explore the magical scene of terpenes and begin to learn what they are all about.
Terpenes Make for Magical Greens
The dictionary defines the word terpene as “any of a large group of volatile unsaturated hydrocarbons found in the essential oils of plants, especially conifers and citrus trees. They are based on a cyclic molecule having the formula C10H16.” Terpenes help give plants their smell and taste. They are also proving to play an important role in the effectiveness of cannabis for different consumers.
Terpenes have more than just taste and smell to offer us. Terpenes also offer consumers loads of different medicinal benefits. We highly recommend that you learn about terpenes and figure out which ones you like and start to look for them in your cannabis.
Here are some common cannabis terpenes and a brief description of what they taste and smell like as well as their known health benefits.
- A-pinene – The name holds to the description with this terpene as it carries a pine taste and smell. It works as a stimulant, an antibiotic, an anti-inflammatory, a bronchodilator, an antineoplastic, and an AChE inhibitor.
- Borneol – Carries an earthy camphor smell and is a sedative, an antiseptic, a bronchodilator, and an analgesic.
- Camphene – Has a flavor like that of hops and works as an anti-bacterial, as an antibiotic, and an anti-inflammatory
- Caryophyllene– Holds a peppery flavor and taste. It is an effective anti-malarial, a Cytoprotective, and to work as an anti-inflammatory.
- Eucalyptol– Has a welcoming aroma and carry spicy tones. It is reported to work as an antinociceptive, an AChE inhibitor, an antiviral, a stimulant, an antibiotic, and an anti-inflammatory.
- Limonene– Carries a citrus like aromatic property and is known to work as an anti-depressant, an immune potentiator, and an antimutagenic.
- Linalool – Has hints of spice and floral tones. It works as an anti-depressant, a sedative, and an anxiolytic.
- Myrcene– Has an earthy, musky flavor with a slight fruity tone. It works as an antibiotic, anti-mutagenic, and an anti-inflammatory.
- Terpineol – Pine and clove are the flavor and taste profile for this terpene. It’s said to be an antioxidant, an antimalarial, an antibiotic, a sedative, and an AChE inhibitor.
The Magic of Terpenes
“Essential oils obtained from plants have been used in diverse traditional medicines because of their broad beneficial effects on human health. To date, many terpenes from essential oils as well as forest bathing have been reported to exhibit strong biological activities. This review categorized the terpenes that have presented important results in cell and animal systems according to their anti-inflammatory, anti-tumorigenic, or neuroprotective activities.”-NCBI
Cannabis wouldn’t be what it is if not for the magic of terpenes. The ones listed above are not only present in cannabis, but they’re also in a wide variety of different plants and trees. Pepper, lemons, mangos, pine trees, chamomile, mint, and berries are also rich in some of the above-mentioned terpenes. Additionally, they play a medicinal role that we are rediscovering in some places. You can learn more about the medicinal attributes of terpenes and things like forest bathing by checking out the NCBI.