BY MARIE LODI
In our Terpenes 411 column, we’ll be talking about terpenes, which are aromatic compounds found in every plant, including marijuana. What are terpenes? Not only do they give our favorite strains their distinctive scents—they also play a major part in providing therapeutic effects. There are over 100 different terpenes in the cannabis plant, and while each has its own benefits, when they come together with THC, CBD, other terpenes, and our own biological makeup, they interact synergistically, resulting in what is known as The Entourage Effect. In this recurring feature, we’ll be delving into, and providing a full-fledged education about, this buzzword that you’ve likely heard all over the place, one detailed terpene breakdown at a time.
What Is Terpineol?
You may not hear about terpineol as much as other terpenes, but it’s present in over 150 members of the plant world. The diverse range of flora that including lilacs, pine trees, lime blossoms, eucalyptus sap, tea tree, bitter orange, and of course, cannabis. Its lilac aroma makes terpineol oil a perfect component in beauty products like cosmetics, perfumes, and bath soaps, but is also used as a flavoring agent in food.
Medical Benefits of Terpineol
Similar to linalool, terpineol is known for its relaxing effects, and may help bring a sedative effect that can help those suffering from insomnia. Another compelling facet of its terpene profile? Terpineol also believed to help with pain relief, and in one study done on mice, it was found to reduce pain without affecting motor ability. Terpineol also carries antibacterial, anti-inflammatory, antiviral, and anti-seizure properties. A different study even showed terpineol to inhibit tumor cell growth. Yet another study showed the terpene to be effective against E.coli. What can’t this terpene do?
Curious about trying cannabis that boasts the presence of terpineol? Head to MedMen and look out for strains like Jack Here, GSC, and White Widow.