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  • Writer's pictureDebbie McCulloch Hopkins

Medical Benefits of Terpenes

Updated: Dec 18, 2018

Terpenes are a component of the volatile oils found in plants. Among these aromatic compounds are anti-inflammatory, pain-relieving, and sleep-inducing properties.

Humulene, Limonene, Myrcene, and Terpinolene are among the terpenes found in cannabis. Humulene has appetite-suppressant and sedative qualities. Limonene is energizing and anti-depressant. Myrcene is a sleep inducer for those with insomnia. Terpinolene has been found in studies to be anti-oxidant, anti-cancer, and antibacterial. Pinene serves as a broncho-dilator for some respiratory conditions.

Research done by neurologist Ethan B. Russo and published in the British Journal of Pharmacology in 2011, reveals the myopic prism through which cannabis has long been viewed. The study of THC (Tetrohydrocannabinol) had been the focus of research since the 1960s. In his paper, Russo discusses the synergistic effect between terpenoids and cannabinoids with respect to treating cancer, chronic pain, inflammation, depression and anxiety.


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