We are back again with another Cannabis Terpenes 101 article all about Terpineol, which is alternatively known as “the tumor killing terpene that fights cancer”.
Lesson in Terpineol
As with many of the other terpenes we have covered, terpineol is a primary terpene found within the cannabis plant – but that is not the only place it exists! In fact, terpineol can be found in lilacs, lime blossoms, eucalyptus sap and pine trees. As a result, terpineol is most commonly found alongside high levels of the terpene, pinene.
Benefits of Terpineol
Terpineol is particularly known for having relaxing effects and can lead to decreased motility in mice, meaning it could be partially responsible for producing the couchlock effects present in Indica-dominant cannabis strains.
Beyond the relaxing effects, terpineol also has several other benefits, which include:
- Anxiolytic (reduces anxiety)
Some of the major buzz around this terpene is the cancer-fighting, tumor-shrinking benefits it possesses. While the research is minimal, one study from 2010 did show promise for terpineol as an anti-cancer agent, particularly when pitted against small cell lung carcinoma.
Beyond the cancer-fighting properties, a study from 2016 showed that terpineol has potent anti-inflammatory and anti-pain properties that are particularly beneficial to patients suffering from Fibromyalgia or similar disorders. In addition, it is a powerful antioxidant.
Strains High In Terpineol
Terpineol is known for having relaxing and anti-anxiety properties that are particularly beneficial to cannabis users. While present in many strains, it seems to be more common in hybrid or Indica-dominant plants.
Some of the strains that are known to have higher levels of terpineol include:
Girl Scout Cookies
Girl Scout Cookies are an Indica-dominant hybrid that features a strong cerebral component. As a result, Girl Scout Cookies provides both Sativa and Indica effects resulting in a powerful happy and euphoric high with serious physical relaxation. These effects blend perfectly together to alleviate anxiety, stress, depression and also appetite-loss.
OG Kush is a classic American cannabis strain that pulls no punches! With a potent mix of Indica and Sativa genetics, OG Kush delivers an intense euphoria followed by strong couchlock effects. The cerebral boost is ideal for depression, bipolar disorder and anxiety while the heavy Indica effects can relieve pain and nausea. OG Kush is also used for managing Alzheimer’s disease.
Jack Herer is a Sativa-dominant strain that produces happy, bubbly and euphoric effects that help boost creativity and energy making this strain ideal for daytime activities. Jack Herer is particularly beneficial to individuals suffering from bipolar disorder, anxiety, migraines, PTSD or ADHD.
White Widow is a Sativa-dominant hybrid that results in a cerebrally driven high with a calming undertone. Especially good for depression, stress, PTSD and pain, White Widow is ideal for individuals looking to unwind and relax while keeping mental clarity. Beware though, the sweet smoke of this strain expands dramatically which can result in heavy coughing, especially for beginners.
No matter what your ailment, terpineol and strains high in this terpene, are excellent for relaxation and reducing anxiety and stress!