The pleasantly fragrant oils that give each cannabis strain its individual fragrance and taste are caused through terpenes. These molecular compounds have also been known to carry an assortment of medicinal benefits. When combined with other cannabinoids and terpenes, the collaborative healing nature of cannabis definitely takes effect but each terpene has unique intrinsic attributes of their own.
With hints of citrus and also found in orchids, mangoes, parsley, mint, tarragon, oregano, and basil, ocimene is a cannabis terpene possessing a sweet, herbaceous, and earthy aroma. As such, it is used as an additive enhancer in various perfumes and fragrances.
Ocimene is recognized to be more prevalent in Sativa dominant marijuana strains, and could quite possibly play a significant role in the strain’s classification. Ocimene can produce a zestful, spirited effect, and shows to be a notable contributor to the numerous medicinal benefits of cannabis. Also recognized as a decongestant, ocimene may contribute to the coughing torments that are often associated with using cannabis and deeply inhaled.
Where ocimene was the primary ingredient, in a recently published study the antiviral traits of essential oils were examined. The study revealed that other commonly found cannabis terpenes such as pinene and myrcene were also present, which exhibited promise in the treatment of the SARS virus. Other studies looked at anti-inflammatory effects and a plant found in western Iran that was studied for its antioxidant and antimicrobial properties in which ocimene is the main component in that plant.
Ocimene possesses the fresh outdoorsy smell of smokable hemp flower that makes you feel like you are in a deep, lush, verdant forest. It is a monoterpene that gives the marijuana plant its woody fragrance and an almost floral sweetness and quality.
Hemp contains more than 100 terpenes that are known to carry a plethora of health benefits. Terpenes are aromatic, fragrant compounds that give the plant its complex aroma and therapeutic effects. Cannabinoids such as CBD and THC work in combination with terpenes to produce a more potent healing effect.
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I smoked some Sour Diesel earlier today and it’s known to have high concentrations of ocimene in it.