Terpene Tuesday: Ocimene

It’s already Terpene Tuesday? Time flies when you’re smoking weed. Let’s stop and take some time to appreciate this week’s terpene: ocimene. 

From Pests to Pesto

Ocimene is a monoterpene with a predominantly woodsy aroma and undertones of sweet herbs and citrus. The name is derived from the ancient Greek word “ocimum,” meaning “basil.” Fitting, as it can be found in basil as well as mint, parsley, pepper, tarragon, bay laurel, kumquats, mangoes and more. Like many terpenes, ocimene is a natural insect repellent. Some plants release ocimene to deter insects from attack, simultaneously warning surrounding plants of the presence of pests. Ocimene – really doing (ancient Greek) god’s work. 

Puff, Puff, Perfume

Spice rack aside, ocimene can be found in several household items. The sweet sylvan scents of ocimene may be found in dryer sheets, shampoos, soaps and surface cleaners. Like many terpenes, it is also used as a component in perfumes. Want your breath to smell as pleasant as your perfume? Ocimene can also be found in many mint candies. 

Cover Your Cough

Much research still needs to be done on the therapeutic benefits of ocimene but it has been found to be effective as an antifungal (say bye bye to ringworm), anti-inflammatory and antivirus. The latter use was discovered in research specifically combatting SARS-CoV, a coronavirus that causes severe acute respiratory syndrome. Ocimene is a decongestant and expectorant, meaning it will help clear your airways, but you’ll definitely do some coughing in the process. Always remember to wash your hands! 

Strains High in Ocimene

Ocimene is very rarely the primary terpene in cannabis strains but is often the second or third most prevalent. 

  • Sour Diesel
  • Green Crack
  • Dutch Treat
  • Golden Goat
Ocimene: The Freshmaker

From its use as an ingredient in mint candies to its efficiency in repelling insects, ocimene and its signature woodsy scent has many benefits and practical uses. 

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