Cannabis is composed of several amazing compounds, the two most important of which are cannabinoids and terpenes. Most cannabis smokers are familiar with cannabinoids, such as THC and CBD, which produce the coveted experience and medical benefits reaped from cannabis. The other important compound are terpenes, which are responsible for giving strains their unique aroma – as well as providing other benefits.
Lesson in Cineole
We have previously discussed Limonene, but that is only one of many common terpenes. Another is Cineole, which is also known as Eucalyptol. This is due to cineole being commonly found in the eucalyptus plant. This terpene is responsible for the unique smell of the eucalyptus plant, but also exhibits hints of rosemary and fresh mint.
Benefits of Cineole
Beyond the stimulating and relaxing scent, cineole has many other benefits. In fact, it is commonly referred to as the “memory-enhancing terpene”. In fact, this terpene is believed to be able to reduce symptoms of Alzheimer’s disease! According to one study, cineol was found to decrease inflammation caused by amyloid beta plaques, which are believed to be the cause of Alzheimer’s disease.
Cineole also has several other benefits, which include:
- Powerful anti-inflammatory effects
- Ability to reduce swelling
- Can increase the effect of cannabinoids by assisting them with crossing the blood/brain barrier
- Improves memory and concentration
- Increases mental and physical energy
Another study done by the Natural Health Research Institute, found a positive correlation was found between cineole levels and the participants cognitive abilities. In addition, cineole was found to be an effective treatment for asthma due to the terpenes potent anti-inflammatory properties. A 2012 study in the Journal of Asthma provides further proof of this by showing how cineole can improve lung function and reduce dyspnea in asthma patients.
Strains High in Cineole
This terpene is bound to improve your smoking experience while assisting with several mental facets. Apart from rosemary and eucalyptus, cineole (eucalyptol) is also commonly found in cannabis. A few strains that have high levels of this particular terpene are:
Super Silver Haze
Super Silver Haze is a Sativa dominant strain that results in an energetic and long-lasting body high. The effects are ideal for individuals battling high stress levels or those suffering from a lack of appetite or nausea.
Bubba Kush is a 100% Indica strain, which produces a potent and relaxing body high that will leave you couch locked. This is a predominantly nighttime strain that is favored for its ability to alleviate insomnia, depression, stress and ADD/ADHD.
Girl Scout Cookies
Girl Scout Cookies is a 40:60 Indica-dominant hybrid. The mix of Sativa and Indica genetics provides the best of both worlds to produce a powerful, happy and euphoric high accompanied by couch-lock body effects and sedation. Ideal for treating anxiety, stress, depression and even appetite disorders, this strain is a great option for many medical patients.
Headband is a 60% Indica-dominant strain named after its famed cerebral effects. This strain delivers a strong blend of creativity and euphoria but can result in spaciness, which may hinder productivity. This strain is a great choice for individuals suffering from chronic pain and anxiety.