Terpene Tuesday: Terpineol

For today’s Terpene Tuesday we will take an in-depth look at Terpineol. This is one of the most versatile terpenes found in the cannabis plant, with many potential medical benefits. This is just one of the terpenes that make cannabis a great alternative to traditional medicine.

What is Terpineol?

Terpineol (C10H18O) is a common terpene found in tons of plants, with some seriously powerful benefits. The most common form of this monoterpene is a-terpineol, and it is commonly used in fragrances, cosmetics, and medicine. 

Produced Naturally in Many Different Plants

Cannabis is just one of many plants that naturally produce this terpene. In fact, some of your favorite plants probably have this terpene!

Here are some of the plants (besides cannabis) which produce terpineol: 

  • Lemon
  • Grapevine
  • Nutmeg
  • Rosemary
  • Ginger

Commonly Used in Fragrances and Cosmetics

Like all terpenes, terpineol is highly fragrant! When extracted and isolated, it has a distinct piney aroma which makes it often used for perfume. 

In addition to fragrances, it is commonly used in cosmetic and personal hygiene products, such as soap. 

Helps Repel Pesky Insects

Terpineol is also a common insecticide ingredient. Termites and booklice, in particular, can be easily repelled and killed using this terpene. It has also shown to be toxic for mosquitos. 

Very Important in the Medical Industry

Terpineol plays a key role in healing. It is very easy to extract and is often an ingredient in medicine, but it can also be inhaled through cannabis.

Terpineol really stands apart from other terpenes in that medical uses are more widely studied. There are also more potential medical uses in this terpene than most other terpenes in the cannabis plant. Below, we will discuss these uses in greater detail. 

Terpineol Benefits and Effects

Much research has already been done on this terpene, and the results are pretty incredible! Many treatments involve terpineol to some extent. 

Health Benefits of Terpineol

This terpene is a little different from some other terpenes in that it has mild psychoactive effects. Specifically, it has a sedative and relaxing effect on the user. Here are some of the top health benefits it provides. 

  • Antioxidant
  • Anticarcinogen
  • Antibronchitis
  • Anticonvulsant
  • Sedative
  • Antiulcer
  • Antihypertensive
  • Improves absorption of products into the skin
  • Antinociceptive

What Cannabis Strains Are High in this Terpene?

One of the beautiful things about cannabis is that it produces terpenes like this one completely naturally! If you search for the right strains and buy from a grower who knows how to handle terpenes, you can enjoy some of the many potential health benefits we described above!

Here are some of the popular strains that contain high terpineol levels:

  • Girl Scout Cookies
  • White Widow
  • OG Kush

At Elyon Cannabis, we are experts at producing cannabis strains with rich terpene profiles. If you are looking for top-shelf cannabis without the top-shelf prices, find a retailer near you!

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