BY MARIE LODI
In our Terpenes 411 column, we’ll be talking about terpenes, which are aromatic compounds found in every plant, including marijuana. 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 been hearing about all over the place.
If you’ve decided on curry for dinner tonight, know that your impending meal shares something in common with certain cannabis strains, and it’s called cymene. The terpene, also referred to as p-cymene, can be found in over 100 plants and 200 foods, including cumin, oregano, thyme, cilantro, coriander, and eucalyptus. So, you’re bound to have come across cymene more than once in your lifetime, probably more than once in the past month.
When it comes to medicinal benefits, this musty-smelling terpene is a star, boasting quite a plethora of potential health perks. Research has shown cymene to have antibacterial properties. One study in particular, revealed p-cymene to be effective against E.coli in contaminated unpasteurized apple juice. Another study showed cymene’s antifungal properties to increase when actively fighting pathogens alongside other terpenes, such as terpineol and linalool. This synergistic combination is otherwise known as the Entourage Effect.
Other therapeutic effects of cymene include its ability to fight pain and inflammation in mice, and research has shown cymene to have antineoplastic, or cancer-fighting, properties by inhibiting tumors. Oh, there’s more: this multifaceted terpene may also help alleviate anxiety.
Interested in becoming more familiar with this healing terpene? Head over to your nearest MedMen cannabis retailer and ask your budtender for strains known to contain cymene, like Mango Haze and King Mamba.