A study coming out of Israel that was recently in the Cannabis and Cannabinoids Research Journal shows that there are even more compounds in cannabis that offer anti-inflammatory effects. To date, there have been many studies that have focused on the ability of CBD and THC to reduce inflammation. Both CBD and THC which are cannabinoids have shown to have positive effects when it comes to relieving inflammation.
There are also compounds in the cannabis plant such as terpenes that offer anti-inflammatory properties. Some of the common terpenes in cannabis that provide anti-inflammatory properties include Pinene and Myrcene.
Terpenoid Anti-Inflammatory Properties
The study from Israel, however, focused on another compound found in cannabis known as terpenoids. Terpenes and terpenoids are not only in cannabis but also a variety of different fruits and vegetables. While the two terms are commonly interchangeable, there is a minor difference in the two.
Terpenes are basically the essential oils of cannabis and are responsible for providing cannabis with its many different flavors and aromas. Terpenoids, however, are only in dry cannabis and not in fresh cannabis. Scientifically the difference between the two is that terpenes are organic hydrocarbons whereas terpenoids have atoms that are not present in terpenes which have undergone oxidation.
The Study Details
The recent study was performed on cells and in lab mice. The research concluded that terpenoids could help to “suppress the production of free radicals associated with inflammation.” It also revealed that terpenoids possess “moderate anti-inflammatory activities.” The study went on further to elaborate that terpenoids did offer anti-inflammatory aspects, but they were not as effective as an isolated form of CBD that had been utilized in previous studies.
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