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 Phellandrene?
Compared to its more famous terpene cousins like limonene and myrcene, phellandrene is a relatively obscure, secondary terpene. However, it’s still absolutely a terp worth knowing, especially since it’s prevalent in so many other plants. Whenever you eat dishes containing dill, black pepper, cinnamon, parsley, ginger grass, or mint, you’re actually getting a taste of phellandrene. It can also be found in lavender and pine, so if you’re fond of wearing fragrances with these scents, you’ve already experienced this versatile terpene.
Medicinal Benefits of Phellandrene
Much like other healing terpenes, phellandrene has been the focus of many interesting medical studies, due to its bevy of promising potential therapeutic benefits. It has been proven to have anti-inflammatory, antifungal, and even pain-relieving properties, as well as anticancer potential. In 2014, researchers studied the effects of phellandrene on cancerous cells present in a human liver tumor, which showed the terpene helping to significantly decrease the cell viability after treatment.