Terpenes are unique odor molecules that are produced by a vast amount of species of plants. In cannabis, these molecules are responsible for the aroma, or the distinct smell of cannabis. In addition to the pleasant smell they give cannabis, they also supply a wide array of medical benefits, such as antimicrobial, antiseptic, and anti-carcinogenic effects. What most cannabis users don’t know, though, is that terpenes can also play into the potency of medical marijuana as well as the medical benefits.
Everyone has experienced a bit of anxiety as a reaction to medical marijuana. THC-induced anxiety is common in users who are unaware what their limits are with medical marijuana. After years of research, it has been found that certain types of terpenes in cannabis can counteract this anxiety and decrease this negative side effect. In addition to this, there is data that shows these molecules can treat other health issues such as addiction, cancer, epilepsy, pain, depression, and many others. Another important thing to note about terpenes in medical marijuana is that the beneficial qualities of these molecules can be seriously damaged if heated past their boiling point.
The following article by Medical Jane breaks down the many areas in medical marijuana where terpenes play a big role. At Kaya, we’ve found that more and more doctors are prescribing marijuana by factoring in the strain’s terpene levels in addition to THC and CBD. If treating medical ailments is one of your main reasons for exploring cannabis, consider looking into the terpene makeup of the strains you choose. If you need a recommendation for a type of strain to type, our dispatchers are always here to help.
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Read more about how terpenes can influence the effect of cannabis and even reduce THC-induced anxiety below.