When purchasing cannabis strains at the dispensary, we mostly think of selecting strains that are either an indica, sativa or hybrid. However, another important factor to consider is what terpenes are found in those products.
What Are Terpenes?
Terpenes are fragrant oils that are secreted in cannabis trichomes and produce the flavors and aromas in each strain. More importantly, terpenes offer a variety of different medical benefits which help provide relief.
Each terpene provides different benefits and effects based on a patient's experience. Some terpenes will leave patients feeling relaxed and help reduce stress, while others can help elevate your mood and improve focus. So how do you know which terpenes will work best for you? Let's take a look at some of the most common symptoms and ailments and which terpenes are recommended.
Anxiety and Depression
When dealing with anxiety, depression or PTSD, it is best to look for terpenes that can provide calming and stress relieving properties. Terpenes such as caryophyllene, limonene and linalool are most often utilized to help with the treatment of anxiety of and can help with stress relief. Linalool and Limonene also contain mood enhancing properties.
Pain and Inflammation
One of the most common conditions patients turn to medical marijuana treatment for is chronic pain. If you’re looking to alleviate chronic pain, seek products that contain limonene, pinene or caryophyllene. Limonene and pinene have anti-inflammatory properties that make them ideal for helping to treat swelling, joint stiffness or arthritis.
For patients who have trouble falling or staying asleep at night, terpenes such as myrcene and linalool can help improve your quality of sleep. Both terpenes contain sedating and calming effects that can help you unwind at the end of the day and prepare you for a good night's rest.
In need of a little energy boost? Pinene is a terpene that promotes alertness while still calming the mind so you can have the energy to help get you through the day. Limonene also provides the benefit of elevating our mood and relieving stress which can supply mental focus and motivation.
One thing we know about consuming marijuana is that it can stimulate appetite. However, if you’re looking to avoid making multiple trips to the kitchen to satisfy those cravings, try to look for strains that contain the terpene humulene as it is known to suppress hunger.
Next time you take a visit to the dispensary, talk with your budtender to discuss your symptoms and what you hope to achieve from the terpenes so they can help make the best product recommendation for you.