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Terpenes what are they, and how can they help my Medical Cannabis treatment?

Updated: Nov 3, 2023



Terpenes are organic compounds found in a wide variety of plants, including medical cannabis. They are responsible for the distinctive aromas of different strains of cannabis and are found in the oils produced by the plant's flowers. Research has suggested that they have potential health benefits.


There are more than 100 different terpenes found in cannabis, and each strain of the plant can contain a unique combination of terpenes. Some common terpenes found in cannabis include caryophyllene, linalool, myrcene, limonene, and pinene.


Terpenes are thought to have a number of potential health benefits, and some research has suggested that they may have medicinal properties. For example, linalool, a terpene found in some strains of cannabis, has been shown to have analgesic (pain-relieving) and sedative effects. Similarly, limonene, another terpene found in cannabis, has been shown to have antidepressant and anxiolytic (anxiety-reducing) effects in animal studies.


It is important to note that the research on the potential health benefits of terpenes is still in the early stages and more studies are needed to fully understand their effects. The current research suggests that the following terpenes provide positive effects to boost and protect the body both psychologically and psychologically. Please note that it is important to discuss the use of medical cannabis with a healthcare professional.


  1. Limonene: This terpene has a citrusy scent and is found in high concentrations in certain strains of cannabis. It has been suggested to have mood-boosting and anxiety-reducing effects. The presence of this terpene is found in many sativa cannabis strains.

  2. Linalool: This terpene has a floral scent and is found in high concentrations in certain strains of cannabis. It has been suggested to have relaxation-inducing and anxiety-reducing effects, inducing and chronic pain-relieving effects. The presence of this terpene is found in many Indica cannabis strains.

  3. Caryophyllene: This terpene has a spicy, woody scent and is found in high concentrations in certain strains of cannabis. It has also been suggested to have anxiety-reducing and antidepressant-like effects. It has been suggested to have anxiety-reducing and analgesic effects , which may help with sleep and chronic pain. The presence of this terpene is found in many Indica cannabis strains.

  4. Myrcene: This terpene has a musky, earthy scent and is found in high concentrations in certain strains of cannabis. It has been suggested to have sedative effects and may help with sleep, and anxiety. It has been suggested to have sedative effects and may can also be beneficial for individuals with chronic pain. The presence of this terpene is found in many Indica cannabis strains.

  5. Pinene: This terpene has a pine-like scent and is found in high concentrations in certain strains of cannabis. It has been suggested to have cognitive-enhancing effects and may help improve memory and focus, which may be beneficial for individuals with insomnia. It has been suggested to have anti-inflammatory effects, which may be helpful for individuals with chronic pain. The presence of this terpene is found in many sativa cannabis strains. Pinene is also found in various fresh herbs such as rosemary, basil, dill, cedar, eucalyptus, parsley, and some citrus varietals, like lime and lemon peel. It is also present in turpentine, which has been used as a medicine, detergent, and paint solvent for thousands of years.




It is important to note that more research is needed to fully understand the potential benefits of these and other terpenes for chronic pain and insomnia to determine the optimal strains and dosages for treatment.


If you believe cannabis may be the right treatment for you please do your research and consult a healthcare


As more research is conducted, it is likely that medical cannabis may become an increasingly important tool in the in treating addiction. If you feel that CBD or medical cannabis might work to treat you, please check your Eligibility for medicinal cannabis in Australia. or call our office (07 5625 3333)


Disclaimer:

This information is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice and should not be relied on as health or personal advice. The author is NOT a Doctor. Always seek the guidance of your doctor or other qualified health professional with any questions you may have regarding your health or a medical condition.








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