Terpene Tuesday: Terpinolene


Generally responsible for the distinguishing factors between strains, terpenes are fragrant essential oils that are secreted from cannabis plants along with other cannabinoids, such as THC and CBD. With the recent boom of the marijuana industry, there has been an increase in interest and research associated with the compounds in marijuana. This week we will take a look into a popular terpene: Terpinolene.

Also known as delta-terpinolene, this hydrocarbon is characterized by its fresh, woody scent, accompanied by citrus and/or floral aromas. Terpinolene is one of the ten main terpenes residing in cannabis plants. The compound has been known for its use in soaps, perfumes, and even insect repellents. Not only does its pleasing scent help comfort users, but may also provide medicinal benefits as well.

Unlike other terpenes found in cannabis, terpinolene does not give users pain relief or act as an anti inflammatory. Instead, researchers have been studying this compound’s antifungal, antibacterial, antioxidant, and sedative properties.

Although research is still ongoing, some scientists believe that along with other compounds, terpinolene may possess antibacterial and antimicrobial attributes. However, studies have focused on plant extracts where terpinolene was just one of numerous active compounds.

Low-density lipoprotein (LDL), also known as “bad cholesterol”, is a waxy substance that can build up in your arteries, which may lead to life-threatening ailments such as heart disease. As an antioxidant, Terpinolene has been shown to possibly prevent the oxidation of LDL, in turn, reducing cellular damage. In a similar method, researchers believe this terpene may also act as an inhibitor of the formation of some cancer cells.

Studies have also shown that, after a certain amount of exposure, terpinolene can create a sedative effect in users. This could potentially make the terpene a natural candidate against insomnia, as well as reducing psychological excitement and anxiety.

Possible medical benefits:

  • Antioxidant

  • Sedative

  • Anti-Bacterial

  • Anti-Fungal

  • Anti-Cancer

Terpinolene can be found mostly in sativa-dominant strains. Some strains containing high levels of terpinolene include: Lemon Sour Diesel, Afghani, and Jack Herer.

Terpinolene can also be found in other fragrant plants such as conifer trees, nutmeg, tea trees, apples, cumin, and lilacs.

*TerraVida cannot guarantee any definitive results from medical marijuana products.




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