Your Definitive Guide to Terpenes and Cannabis Aromatherapy
The olfactory system has had a powerful connection to wellness for thousands of years- even documented in ancient Greek times. The body’s sense of smell can impact the endocrine and autonomic nervous systems, and if you’ve ever used peppermint oil to clear your nasal passage or lavender for a calming effect, you know!
Let’s take your aromatherapy practice up a notch with cannabis aromatherapy.
The decisive difference that makes cannabis aromatherapy so “next level”? – The terpenes in cannabis. Different combinations of terpenes in each strain of cannabis flower give it its unique fragrance and flavor. They can also produce varied behavioral and emotional responses in the brain. New information is emerging about the many therapeutic benefits of cannabis terpenes. Cannabis aromatherapy can provide the mood-enhancing effect many want – relaxing or energizing. Although cannabis aromatherapy will not give the same effects as ingesting cannabis, the sense of smell has a powerful effect on the brain.
A favorite way to enjoy the aromatherapy effects of cannabis is to add cannabis oil to a diffuser. Or, enjoy the extra benefit of a massage with cannabis oil while inhaling the natural terpenes for maximum relief. Not sure where to start? We’ve got your back! We’ve listed the terpenes from cannabis strains that will help you discover the targeted relief you are looking for.
Your Guide to Cannabis Terpenes for Aromatherapy:
- Myrcene: This is a before bedtime herbal favorite, as myrcene is known for its relaxing and sedating effects – even a muscle relaxant or sleep aid. Perfect for a pre-bed shoulder rub or a bedtime diffuser.
- Pinene: This familiar smell from the pinene terpene can also be found in conifer trees, orange peels, rosemary, dill, basil, and parsley. Generally, those looking for high-pinene cannabis strains are looking for bronchial relief, pain relief, and anti-anxiety aid.
- Caryophyllene: This peppery and “spicy” terpene is associated with a long list of health benefits and has even been shown to enhance certain cannabinoids’ effects directly. It’s unique because its molecular structure means it can bind successfully to CB2 receptors, the part of our endocannabinoid system that regulates the immune system. For this reason, it’s sought for its relaxing and soothing effect and supports the immune system, possibly even alleviating chronic pain. It’s known as a “ jack-of-all-trades” for health-boosting.
- Limonene: Known for its citrusy aroma – this cannabis terpene is mainly sought after for providing elevated mood and relief from stress and anxiety- the perfect choice for day-to-day use.
- Terpinolene – Fruity and floral notes are in this terpene. It’s associated with cerebral stimulation and has been enjoyed by many for increased energy and focus. It may have antifungal and antibacterial properties as well. Sounds perfect for the office diffuser!
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