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Cannabis: What are terpenes?

When talking about cannabis, many people tend to focus on the psychoactive molecules contained in marijuana, in particular, the TCH and THC-V.

In recent years, we have seen how in our country, the cannabis association in Barcelona others have become famous cannabinoids, such as CBD, for examplewhich is now available in almost any city in Spain.

But there are other aspects that define the quality and effects of cannabis. One of the most important and the one we will talk about in this article are the "terpenes".

This word may be new to the vast majority of people who have just started using cannabis, although it could be a new element for more experienced users as well.

What are terpenes?

Terpenes are the molecules responsible for determining the aroma and taste of cannabis.. It should be noted that these are elements of a large number of different plants. Although recent studies have shown that cannabis may have more than 200 different terpenes.

In addition to smell and taste, terpenes influence other aspects of plant life, performing a protective function against parasites, pathogens and predators.

However, the effects of terpenes in humans are not harmful. Some varieties may even be anti-inflammatory, antioxidant and analgesic.

How many terpenes are there in cannabis?

As mentioned above, there are more than 200 different terpenes in cannabis and each of them has different properties. Despite this, there are some that are more common and easier to find when consuming cannabis.

What are the most common terpenes in marijuana?

Below we will detail the properties of the most common ones, but if you only want to resolve this doubt, the list is composed of these: Myrcene, Caryophyllene, Limonene, Terpinol.

Myrcene

If you notice a relaxing effect when consuming cannabis, it is myrcene that is responsible for this. It is found in many, many strains of cannabis and its composition is conducive to sleep. It can also be useful as a sedative and muscle relaxant. Its taste is usually pungent.

Caryophyllene

If you want to spice up your day, the terpene to look for is Caryophyllene. It is a molecule found in different plants, such as black pepper and cinnamon, and gives cannabis a spicy taste. It is an excellent analgesic and anti-inflammatory.

Limonene

One of the most versatile terpenes is Limonene, which, as the name suggests, is a member of the citrus family. Apart from its fruity taste, Limonene has a number of beneficial effects on the body and plants. In fact, it acts as an antibacterial and antidepressant. It also has anti-carcinogenic properties. In some studies, it has also been found to stimulate the immune system and brain activity.

What is the most useful terpene for anxiety? Terpinol

We conclude by discussing the terpene most useful in combating anxiety: the Terpinol. It has a strong sedative action in humans and is famous for its sedative effects. It is present in other plants (such as sage and rosemary) and can smell like lilac flowers, with a smoky note. Apart from its sedative effect, it is a good antioxidant and antibacterial.


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