Terpenes: The Essentials – Isopulegol
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.
Isopulegol is a cannabis terpene carrying a minty aroma with woodsy undertones. Also found in mint, eucalyptus, lemongrass, and parsley, isopulegol is a chemical precursor in the synthesis of menthol. Isopulegol is commonly used as a flavoring agent in foods and fragrance in cosmetics.
Cannabis strains rich in isopulegol may yield a soothing sensation on the gut, while exhibiting a subtle minty taste. Although isopulgelol isn’t as prevalent as many other cannabis terpenes, its potential medicinal benefits are certainly worth exploring.
A study from September 2009 examined the gastrointestinal protective activity of isopulegol, showing potential significance through its antioxidant properties. The anticonvulsant effects of isopulegol were studied in December 2009, where promise was also shown as a neuroprotectant and antioxidant.
Understanding individual terpene characteristics plays an important role in strain selection. Terpenes such as isopulegol are key contributors to the overall whole plant medicinal spectrum cannabis may provide. Feel free to ask any of our knowledgeable patient consultants to assist with any questions you may have.
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