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 been hearing about all over the place.
What is Valencene? When it comes to strains that have a citrusy scent, the terpene that usually comes to mind is limonene. However, another terp that boasts a sweet citrus-like scent is valencene. And as the name suggests, valencene is commonly found in Valencia oranges, as well as grapefruits, nectarines, mangoes, and tangerines.
Research has shown valencene to have a variety of medicinal benefits, such as anti-inflammatory properties and anti-allergic effects, and also acts as a bronchodilator. Valencene shows potential to fight damagemade to the skin due to sun exposure, and may boost the efficacy of a chemotherapy drug called doxorubicin. Another interesting characteristic of valencene is its ability to repel insects, such as mosquitoes and ticks.
Curious about trying valence strains to experience the citrus-scented, inflammatory-fighting possible benefits of this particular terp? Head to MedMenand keep out for strains like Agent Orange, ACDC, Tangie, and Sour Diesel.