The world of medical marijuana as it enters the state of Missouri will require some education into the subject matter for patients to properly find the best medicine for them. Here at Natural Remedy, we believe as an Independence cannabis physician that we should help to educate you about the inner workings of the cannabis plant.
With that being said, we will be dive into the topic of cannabis terpenes today. These are small components of the medical marijuana plant which offer a powerful impact on how the plant smells and even impacts patients. Since these compounds tend to have a large impact on the cannabis strain’s effects, they have been studied fairly frequently. Further to this point, terpenes are naturally occurring in a huge variety of different plants which makes studying these compounds even easier.
There are a variety of terpenes which are naturally occurring within the cannabis plant. Today we will look at the top 7 most common cannabis terpenes found within the plant. These include myrcene, limonene, linalool, caryophyllene, and a few more. We will look at what type of smell these compounds provide, where they are naturally occurring in the wild outside of the cannabis plant, and also how these compounds can impact your feelings from a specific type of cannabis strain. We hope that as someone who wants a Missouri medical marijuana license this guide on the top terpenes should help you understand the plant further.
With that said, let us dive right in!
The myrcene terpene brings an interesting and hugely popular amora to the cannabis plant. The scent of the myrcene terpene is often described as earthy or musky such as something you would find from a clove plant. The myrcene terpene is also found within mangos and hops. The myrcene terpene is known to have a fairly sedative effect on those who consume it. This can be a terpene which makes users feel somewhat lethargic, especially when taken in high amounts. That being said, this terpene usually is a crowd favorite, perhaps due to its natural ability to enhance a cannabis high to feel somewhat stronger.
Interestingly this terpene is found within the mango plant. The abundance of myrcene within mangos may be why they have sometimes been referred to as enhancing the effects of the cannabis plant. With that in mind, there may actually be some science behind this concept. Since myrcene can feel like a traditional cannabis experience, there may be some validity to eating a mango leading to a stronger high from your medical marijuana.
The limonene terpene will be one which is very familiar to any Missouri medical marijuana patient and really anyone in general as well. The compound offers a lemon smell, as the name suggests. The compound is also found within lemons and many other citrus fruits. This compound packs a powerful punch and provides the lemony smell many cannabis strains are known to offer. Because of the powerful and clean smell associated with lemon fruit, really from the limonene terpenes, this is found commonly used in many household products. This terpene can be commonly found in a huge variety of different cannabis strains. Most citrus strains will have some trace of limonene within them. This includes super lemon haze and many other hazes.
Another fairly familiar terpene comes from Linalool. This compound is found naturally in a variety of different plants and once you recognize it, you will probably never forget it again. This terpene puts off a floral amora which almost has a bit of spice to it. The linalool terpene can be found in lavender, mint, and cinnamon. This terpene is known for its relaxing effects which can be presented through the variety of strains with linalool terpenes. A Missouri medical marijuana patient may recognize a strain with linalool which includes LA confidential and Amnesia Haze. A common benefit from the linalool terpene can be seen with its presence in the plant and the ability of this plant to help with anxiety. Furthermore, the compound may assist with Missouri medical marijuana patients who are looking for assistance with Alzheimer’s treatment, according to a study published in 2016.
This is a terpene is not as commonly known as the ones previously discussed. Caryophyllene offers a spicy, almost every aroma when smelled within the cannabis plant. The terpene is naturally found a new variety of different spices such as cinnamon, cloves, oregano, and basil. According to Leafly.com cannabis strains such as lavender, Candyland, GSC, or cookies and cream can have the caryophyllene terpene present. As many other terpenes have shown, caryophyllene has been shown to be an antioxidant and possess anti-inflammatory properties which may be beneficial for treating ailments such as inflammatory bowel disease. That being said and again according to Leafly.com, the caryophyllene terpene is currently being researched to see if it can help with reducing gene stress.
Alpha-pinene & Beta-pinene
Alpha-pinene and beta-pinene as a name slightly imply smell like pine trees. These terpenes are found naturally within many different types of plants such as basil, parsley, and rosemary. these ravines are interesting because studies have shown that they can help I’d only with being anti-inflammatory but also for having a positive impact on the human respiratory system through increases to airflow and other respiratory functions. According to Leafly.com, patients looking to take advantage of the benefits of either alpha-pinene or beta-pinene should consider the cannabis strains such as AK-47, blue dream, pineapple express, or grape ape all of which have a pinene-dominant terpene profile to offer.
Another common cannabis terpene comes from humulene which provides an interesting armor of earthy and wood-like scents. The humulene terpene can be found in nature within hops and black pepper. The compound has been proven to provide anti-inflammatory effects. Furthermore, humulene has shown to be antibacterial and an appetite suppressant. Furthermore, according to Leafly.com, Missouri medical marijuana patients looking to use humulene should look for cannabis strains such as death star, headband, the original glue, or candyland. On an interesting closing note, the humulene compound helps the cannabis plant fight off pests by being synthesis through its trichome heads produced on the plant. Perhaps this defensive nature of humulene shows why the cannabis plant produces humulene in the first place.
The camphene terpene smells oddly similar to the myrcene terpene with a damp-woods feel that can easily be mistaken as myrcene. Many people may find that camphene is not terribly appealing to smell of camphene. The camphene terpene is commonly found within ginger, nutmeg, and rosemary which helps to provide a better idea as to what type of armor the substance gives off. The camphene compound has been shown to help with pulmonary inflammation, according to Apothecarium’s blog. The compound has also been shown to help with reducing cholesterol, being a powerful antioxidant and having anti-inflammatory properties. Missouri medical marijuana patients looking to enjoy camphene can look for strains such as Ghost OG and Mendocino purps, according to CannaCon.
All and all, we hope that your understanding of terpenes has been increased after reading this article. The world of terpenes can be complex but understanding these compounds will further your understanding of the cannabis plant as a whole. Each terpene offers a different benefit and amora for Missouri medical marijuana patients to enjoy. You will learn that you have a favorite effect and flavor from terpenes and if you use this knowledge properly you will be able to find more new strains which have these terpenes.
Here at Natural Remedy, we believe anyone with a Missouri medical marijuana license should work to fully understand the cannabis plant. We hope that if you are considering seeing an Independence, MO cannabis doctor that you stop by our office. We would be thrilled to help educate you and answer any questions you may have about Missouri medical.
Until next time friends, stay well!