Terpenes not only add nuances to cannabis strains but also offer benefits for anxiety management.
Anxiety is, unfortunately, one of the conditions that most people suffer from today. In a globalized world going 1000km per hour, it is normal -and likely- to feel easily overwhelmed.
But again, cannabis has an ace up its sleeve to give us a helping hand. Cannabis has become known for being an ideal medicine in the treatment of anxiety.
But it is not only cannabis that is responsible for inducing calm and relaxation. To achieve these effects, it works together with terpenes. Compounds that are present in all varieties of cannabis and other organic materials.
Terpenes give cannabis its distinctive characteristics, ranging from a delightful strawberry flavor to anti-inflammatory effects that relieve pain and promote rest.
Thanks to the entourage effect formed between cannabis and terpenes that act synergistically, we now know which terpenes are the most common to help relieve anxiety.
Yes, research indicates that certain terpenes can help with anxiety.
Each terpene interacts differently, but all of these substances are similar in that they are non-intoxicating and have minimal side effects.
Some terpenes can work together to combat anxiety from multiple angles at once, but certain terpenes are known to help more than others in this area.
Limonene is a unique terpene found in cannabis strains that elicits the feeling of citrus whenever it is encountered.
This terpene is strongly linked with helping to relieve anxiety, providing a wave of calm and tranquility when consumed or inhaled.
Derived from the oil of citrus peels, such as lemon or oranges, limonene is known as one of the best terpenes for anxiety, as limonene-enhanced strains are known to alleviate paranoia or restlessness.
Some preliminary research has begun to show that limonene is a potential antidepressant, shedding light on the presence of this terpene in famous strains intended to combat depression, such as Super Lemon Haze.
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Caryophyllene is a terpene known for its anti-inflammatory properties, which eventually help with anxiety.
Caryophyllene-containing strains are known to be some of the most relaxing and calming strains currently available on the market and can be used to treat conditions ranging from arthritis to Alzheimer’s.
An important fact about caryophyllene is that it interacts with the body’s cannabinoid receptors, despite not being a cannabinoid. Caryophyllene reduces stress thanks to its analgesic properties, leaving a wake of relaxation after smoking a joint or a vape.
Myrcene is probably the flagship terpene for combating anxiety, it is one of the most interesting terpenes found in cannabis, as its origins can be traced back to a wide variety of herbs used in the holistic treatment of pain and inflammation.
Myrcene definitely takes the crown as the most potent anti-anxiety terpene currently available to cannabis users and is acclaimed in the cannabis world for this reason.
The most remarkable property of this peculiar terpene is the way it interacts with the THC found naturally in cannabis, it overstimulates the effects of THC, producing a much more effective and long-lasting high.
Fortunately for everyone, this terpene is one of the most popular terpenes found in cannabis, so you don’t have to look far to feel the anxiety-reducing characteristics.
Linalool, one of the main components of lavender essential oil, has been widely researched and known for its potential anxiolytic properties that aid in the management of anxiety and altered states of mind.
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The effects of pinene on anxiety are less well researched but are promising in that they may be equally helpful in anxiety management.
Strains with high concentrations of myrcene, caryophyllene, linalool, pinene, and other terpenes have been shown to have positive effects on the treatment and management of anxiety. They act synergistically with cannabis to create the entourage effect to bring you to a state of calm and tranquility.
Cannabis and terpenes can be a natural alternative to manage anxiety and generally improve quality of life.
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