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.
Nerolidol is a terpene that can be found in jasmine, lemongrass, ginger, tea tree, lavender, and neroli. It has a strong, woodsy scent, but can also be described as citrusy. Nerolidol is known for its sedative and relaxing effects, making it a good candidate for aiding sleep. It’s also known for having antioxidant, antifungal, anticancer, antimicrobial, and antiparasitic properties. Studies have shown that because of its ability to fight parasites, nerolidol can be helpful against parasitic diseases malaria and leishmaniasis.
Some of the most exciting things about cannabis and its different benefits have to do with terpenes. Terpenes can be found in a wide array of plants, including cannabis. For example, if you notice that your cannabis flower smells like a Christmas tree, it probably has the terpene pinene in it, which is also present in pine trees. Aside from being responsible for olfactic characteristics, terpenes play a major part in determining what kinds of health benefits you might receive. It doesn’t just depend on the terpene alone, but how particular terpenes synergistically work with cannabinoids. Let’s say you have the same exact amount of CBD and THC in two different flowers, but they have different effects—this is because they contain different terpenes.
Curious about trying this woodsy, mellow terpene? Check out cannabis strains like Jack Herer and Skywalker OG, both of which are known to contain nerolidol.