On today’s edition of Terpene Tuesday, we are going to cover Delta 3 carene. This earthy terpene provides a variety of health benefits, especially through the entourage effect.
While it is not the most prominent terpene, it is certainly worth knowing about. From inflammation to bone disorders, this terpene can help with a number of ailments. Before we dive into those, let’s cover some general information.
What Is Delta 3 Carene?
Delta 3 Carene is a terpene found in many plants, such as bell peppers, basil, and rosemary. It carries a distinct, earthy aroma with a piney taste, similar to certain varieties of hops. Users have also reported a lemon taste, and strains heavy in this terpene typically boast a “citrus” profile.
It has been shown to act as an insect repellant, as it is toxic to mosquitos and other pests.
As it stands, there is still tons of research to be done into how this terpene can help people. However, here is what we know about it currently:
Benefits of Delta 3 Carene
Delta 3 carene has many medical benefits. From boosted memory to treatment for serious medical conditions, there have been countless case studies over the years that prove its effectiveness in areas such as:
- Acute Inflammation
- Fungal Infections
One of the earliest studies involving this terpene took place in 1989. Researchers investigated the terpene’s effectiveness as an anti-inflammatory medication. The study concluded that it can in fact be used as an active ingredient in treating acute inflammation.
Additionally, a study performed in 2006 brought forth the discovery of Delta 3 Carene’s anti-fungal properties, particularly when combined with pinene. Just one year later in 2007, it was determined that this terpene can also contribute to bone health.
While Delta 3 Carene does carry a variety of medical benefits for those who use it, there is a belief that it might have something to do with the red-eye and dry mouth effect that smoking marijuana can cause at times. This is most likely because the terpene can “dry out” bodily fluids, including mucus, blood, sweat, tears, and more. So, while it can contribute to red eyes and cottonmouth, it may also be a good terpene to target for a runny nose!
What Strains Are High In This Terpene?
As mentioned earlier, this is not the most prominent terpene. However, it can be found to some degree in most cannabis strains. If you are seeking out a more Delta 3 Carene dominant strain, there are four that you should ask about when you make your next purchase.
- Super Lemon Haze
- Super Silver Haze
- Skunk #1
- Arjan’s Ultra Haze
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