There are approximately 140 terpenes intermingling in cannabis strains that have attributes similar to aromatherapy. Here are the most popular.
Myrcene (mer-seen) is the most prevalent terpene of all and is found in the most helpful varieties of cannabis, sometimes in high amounts, serving as a sedative or muscle relaxer.
Helps with: sleeplessness, pain, inflammation, depression
Smells of: earthy, clove or musky aroma with a splash of citrus
Also found in: mango, thyme, lemongrass, and hops
Limonene is often used in ointments and medicinal creams to help penetrate the skin more effectively. Found in strains with a pronounced energizing effect, Limonene can elevate mood and provide stress relief.
Treats: anxiety, depression, gastrointestinal complications, heartburn, bronchitis
Acts as: antifungal, antibacterial, anti-carcinogenic, appetite suppressant
Also found in: fruit rinds, rosemary, juniper and peppermint
Beta-Caryophyllene is the only terpene known to interact with the body’s endocannabinoid system (CB2).
Treats: arthritis, ulcers, autoimmune disorders, gastrointestinal complications
Acts as: anti-inflammatory, antidepressant, gastro-protectant, analgesic
Also found in: black pepper, cloves and cotton
Pinene is used as an antiseptic. Alpha-pinene and beta-pinene are common contributors to profiles that can help with alertness, memory retention, and counteracting some THC effects.
Helps with: asthma, inflammation
Smells like: pine trees and turpentine
Also found in: pine needles, rosemary, basil, parsley, and dill
Linalool has sedative properties that can offer relief from anxiety and stress.
Helps with: motor skills, inflammation, pain, seizures, depression
Smells of: floral with spicy overtones
Also found in: flowers, mint and cinnamon
Humulene is known to suppress hunger and act as an appetite suppressant.
Acts as: anti-inflammatory, anti-carcinogen
Smells of: earthy, woody aroma with a spicy scent or hoppy aroma
Also found in: cloves, basil
Borneol, most commonly used as a calming sedative, combats fatigue, stress and illness.
Acts as: anti-inflammatory, analgesic, antiseptic, bronchodilator
Smells of: earthy, camphor-like musk