The aromatic and flavoring ingredient common across everyday plants like mango, mint, and lavender is Terpene. It is found in the cannabis (marijuana) plant also, and besides providing the aroma and flavor, this ingredient also determines the psychoactive response. Medical marijuana terpenes are a new rage today as they have potential health benefits when ingested. The marijuana plant contains more than two hundred different terpenes.
Terpenes, with their multiple benefits, are a must-have in your daily life! Here are 5 ways to improve your everyday life using terpenes:
1. Use of Essential Oils
For hundreds of years, aromatherapy has been used to heal the body and mind. Essential oils, the crux of aromatherapy, contain terpenes as the main
therapeutic agent. Essences of lavender, sage, cannabis, nano enhanced hemp oil and eucalyptus oil are known to activate the olfactory system. When
inhaled, these essences send messages to the brain’s limbic (which controls many of our emotions) system, resulting in a series of positive benefits.
The effects of essential oils can be further enhanced by using an essential oils diffuser. Also, such diffusers are a much safer alternative to candles and
incense because the risk of burns and wax spills is averted. Essential oils are
also largely used to detox your body, provide energy, as cleansing agents such as face wash, for boosting your immune system through their powerful antioxidant properties, and for relieving allergies in the respiratory system.
2. Anti-Inflammatory and Antibacterial Aids
Myrcene is an example of a terpene that has dual benefits, i.e. anti- inflammatory and anti-bacterial. Due to the presence of terpenes like myrcene, and some others like alpha-pinene (anti-inflammatory) and humulene(antibacterial), medical marijuana is used by several patients to alleviate pain and infections.
3. Weight Loss
Limonene, a terpene, popular as a fat burner, is commonly found in lemony scented scents of medical marijuana. It is also commonly found in the rinds of citrus fruits such as grapefruit, lemon, and in particular oranges. Another terpene aiding weight loss is Humulene, which has been used in Chinese medicine for ages. This terpene is commonly found in cannabis sativa strains and Vietnamese coriander, and helps suppress appetite.
4. Sleep Aid
Insomnia is the most common sleep disorder and is experienced by many in their daily lives. Tossing and turning restlessly all night leaves you both physically and emotionally exhausted. The effect of insomnia could be as drastic as shortening your life expectancy. However, terpenes come to your aid in this regard also! The terpene scents that help with relaxation and cure insomnia are found in commonly known plants such as lavender, pepper and pine. Such terpene scents have been used for ages in herbal medicine. Cannabis oil from the greenhouse seeds is also known to induce peaceful sleep because of the presence of the sleepy terpene myrcene in it.
5. Pairing Food with Cannabis Terpenes
Two substances with the power to make people very happy are food and cannabis terpenes! Terpenes are present in food too. They provide aromas, flavor and health benefits in a variety of food such as oranges, seafood and herbs. Matching the right sets of aroma and flavour profiles in a way that they complement or accentuate each other is what makes for a great pairing.
For instance, if you are trying a new salmon recipe for dinner, and a squeeze of lemon juice is required, then a lemony strain of cannabis such as Super Lemon Haze would help highlight the lemon flavours in your salmon dish. On the other hand, if you’ve made lemon bars for dessert, and there is plenty of lemon flavor packed into each bar, then it’s a good idea to choose a strain like Blueberry. The complementary flavors of Blueberry would balance out that intense citrusy taste. Another great pairing would be complementing teriyaki chicken with Agent Orange, a cannabis strain of juicy orange aroma and flavor.
In your everyday life, if you remain focused, energetic, happy and relaxed, then what more could you want? Terpenes are a wonderful gift of nature which have
the ability to fulfill your daily life with all such states of mind. Terpenes have
already made a significant contribution to every aspect of our lives – food, health, and well-being. Hence we need to constantly enrich our knowledge about new discoveries of terpene benefits. All in all, terpenes are indeed nature’s gift to wellness.
Author Bio –
Kathy has been closely studying the cannabis industry trends from quite some
time. Intrigued by the booming growth of this sector, she takes interest in
penning down her views providing quality insight on current marijuana trends,
particularly medical cannabis. She co-authored Supercharge organic traffic: A
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