Terpenes: The Essentials – Guaiol
Terpenes are the aromatic oils that give each cannabis strain its individual fragrance and taste. These molecular compounds have also been known to carry an array of medicinal benefits. When combined with other cannabinoids and terpenes, the synergistic healing nature of cannabis truly takes effect but each terpene has unique characteristics of their own.
Unlike most cannabis terpenes, guaiol is classified as a sesquiterpenoid alcohol. Commonly found in cypress pine, guaiacum and cannabis, guaiol boasts a piney aroma with woodsy and rosy undertones. Guaiol is also known to be an effective insecticide.
The guaiacum tree holds high concentrations of guaiol and has been used for centuries to treat arthritis, gout, constipation and syphilis. It has also been used as a diuretic, which can lower blood pressure, and known to hold anti-inflammatory and analgesic properties. Guaiol can act a cough suppressant, which may effectively offset coughing fits often associated with cannabis use.
The antimicrobial efficacy of guaiol was examined in May 2007. A promising study published in September 2016 shows guaiol to be a possible agent to inhibit cellular growth in non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC). Antibacterial and antioxidant properties in the essential oils of the Xylopia sericea fruit were researched in March 2017, where guaiol was a major constituent.
Guaiol demonstrates to be a key component in the overall medicinal benefits cannabis may provide. Along with its pleasant aroma, guaiol is well working seeking out during strain selection. Feel free to ask any of our knowledgeable patient consultants to assist with any questions you may have.
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