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 the coming weeks, 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.
Terpenes are intense aromatic chemicals that are found in all plant life, including, fruits, vegetables, spices, and cannabis. They are responsible for the different scents we recognize in cannabis flowers. Terpenes also deliver a slew of physical and mental health benefits. Eucalyptol, also known as cineole, is one of the most researched terpenes. As one might expect based on its name, it’s most commonly found in the eucalyptus tree. Eucalyptol is also found in rosemary, sage, sweet basil, bay leaves, tea tree, and cardamom.
Eucalyptol has a strong, cooling, minty fragrance and is used in everything from cough drops to mouthwash to pain-alleviating massage balm. In fact, studies have shown that eucalyptol can help with inflammation-causing pain, respiratory diseases, pancreatitis, and more. It also has antioxidant, antibacterial, anticancer, and antifungal properties. As for its mental benefits, eucalyptol can help enhance memory while boosting cognitive energy. There has also been research that shows eucalyptol as a promising treatment for those with Alzheimer’s.