The spread of cannabis legalization has ushered in a new era of natural self-care. Once-stigmatized, THC and its related compounds are now at the forefront of much research, development, and innovation. This is good news for novices and true believers alike, as we are now learning so much more about the vast healing powers of the cannabis plant.
Here at Pot Zero, we take tremendous pride in providing our clients with the most natural, zero chemical and zero carbon footprint organic medicine. We believe that with more information comes further public acceptance of this wonderfully beneficial substance. To that end, keep reading as we break down terpenes; what they are, the different types, and their specific medicinal uses.
What are terpenes?
Terpenes are the compounds that give cannabis plants (also fruits, vegetables, trees, etc.) their unique smells. Used by the plant to adapt to its environment, these volatile hydrocarbons are found in essential oils. They are secreted in trichromes. Cannabinoids and terpenes work in tandem to create an “entourage effect” that gives specific cannabis varieties their different holistic characteristics. Those “earthy”, “piney”, “citrus-like”, or “fruity” flavors that we love so much exist because of terpenes!
This obviously piney terpene is not only found in cannabis plants, but also in fir trees, dill, basil and rosemary to name just a few. Medicinally, pinene (or alpha-pinene) has been studied to reduce inflammation, help with bronchial issues, improve memory, and it also has antibacterial properties.
Pinene-high strains (cultivars): OG Kush, Sweet Skunk, Jack Herer, Strawberry Cough
Linalool is a terpene characterized by its spicy, floral aroma. Outside of cannabis, it is found in rosewood, patchouli, sage, and lavender, among many others. It’s medicinal uses include being beneficial for anxiety and depression, and it is also known as an antimicrobial agent.
Linalool-high strains (cultivars): Lavender, Kush, Sour Diesel
As its name suggests, Limonene is a terpene rich in citrus flavor. In addition to the cannabis plant, it is also found in citrus fruits such as lemons, limes, grapefruit, and especially in oranges. Limonene’s therapeutic benefits include effectiveness in cancer treatment, bronchial disorders, stress relief and it is also an antibacterial.
Limonene-high strains (cultivars): Lemon G, Grapefruit, Hindu Kush, Cookies and Cream
Humulene is a terpene known for its woody, spicy, and earthy aromas. Humulene is a common factor in both cannabis and hops, so it’s no wonder that some of your favorite craft beers remind you of some of your favorite cannabis cultivars. Medicinally, humulene helps with cancer treatment and inflammation, among many other uses.
Humulene-high strains (cultivars): Headband, White Widow, Girl Scout Cookies
The terpene Myrcene has a woody, herbal flavor. In addition to cannabis, myrcene is found in abundance in such plants as thyme, lemongrass, basil and also hops. Its therapeutic benefits include reducing inflammation, inducing sleep, and also at alleviating anxiety and depression.
Myrcene-high strains (cultivars): OG Kush, AK-47, Granddaddy Purple
Caryophyllene is a terpene characterized by peppery, spicy, and woody tones. It is also found in cloves, black pepper, oregano and many others. Caryophyllene’s medicinal benefits include anti-inflammatory properties, pain management capabilities, and the ability to protect the brain and brain tissue.
Caryophyllene-high strains (cultivars): OG Kush, White Widow, Girl Scout Cookies
Our Pot Zero cannabis varieties come from the healthiest soil, the most efficient sunlight, and the freshest mountain water that flows from the majestic Colorado Rockies. We’re proud of our terpene profiles because they’re the product of our zero carbon footprint and zero chemical model – the first of its kind!
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