Terpenes: important contents of cannabis

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Terpenes are a special class of hydrocarbons. Most terpenes in:

  • coniferous plants;
  • essential oils;
  • resins and balms.

The name “terpenes” itself comes from the Latin “turpentine” – oleum terebinthinae, and turpentine itself is an essential turpentine oil.

Terpenes are found in all plants, and cannabis is no exception.

Why does a grower need to know about terpenes? Here are some reasons:

  • the quantity and quality of terpenes in cannabis affect its smell and taste;
  • sensations after smoking or vaping depend on them;
  • they have a positive effect on health.

Until now, the general public – both growers and consumers – has been mainly interested in THC (THC) and CBD (CBD), the main active ingredients of cannabis. Not so long ago, for example, it was discovered that CBD (CBD) has unique medicinal properties, and at the same time does not affect the clarity of consciousness. However, the positive effects of marijuana would not be complete without terpenes.

Myrcene is the most popular monoterpene. It is he who is responsible for drowsiness after taking Indica, and is also found in bay leaf, citrus oil, eucalyptus and other plants. A study was published in the British Journal of Pharmacology that myrcene promotes muscle relaxation and deep sleep. Myrcene has a positive effect on the functioning of the CB1 receptor (central and peripheral nervous systems, lungs, kidneys, liver, adrenal glands, heart, etc.), which, as researchers from the Universities of Bonn and Mainz have shown, plays the role of a kind of “defender of the brain”. When this receptor is “turned off”, accelerated brain aging occurs. Myrcene also increases the psychoactive effect of THC, has anti-inflammatory and analgesic effects. It is found in significant amounts in mangoes, citrus fruits, lemongrass, hops (the use of these products before smoking will increase the effect of THC).