the apothecarium las vegas a recreational and medical cannabis dispensary discuss ocimene a terpene found in marijuana

Written by Cameron Klar

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.

Ocimene is a cannabis terpene carrying a sweet, herbaceous, and earthy aroma with hints of citrus.  Also found in mint, parsley, basil, mangoes, orchids, oregano and tarragon, ocimene is commonly used in perfumes and fragrances.

Ocimene is known to be more prevalent in sativa dominant strains, possibly playing a key role in the strain’s classification.   Known as a decongestant, ocimene may contribute to the coughing fits that are often associated with using cannabis.  Ocimene can produce an energetic effect, and shows to be a key contributor to the numerous medicinal benefits of cannabis.

A study published in March 2008 analyzed antiviral traits of essential oils, where ocimene was the primary ingredient.  Other commonly found cannabis terpenes such as pinene and myrcene were also present, which showed promise in the treatment of the SARS virus.  The anti-inflammatory effects were examined in May 2014.  Ocimene is the main constituent in ferulago carduchorum, a plant found in western Iran that was studied in July 2014 for its antioxidant and antimicrobial properties.

Ocimene is a terpene well worth seeking out, particularly if you’re searching for cannabis strains that will yield more of an uplifting experience.  Feel free to ask any of our knowledgeable patient consultants to assist with any questions you may have.


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