Recommended Cannabis Terpenes for Common Medical Conditions
When purchasing marijuana flower from the dispensary, we mostly think of selecting strains that are either a sativa, indica or hybrid. However, another important factor to consider when picking a strain is what terpenes are found in it.
What Are Cannabis Terpenes?
Terpenes are the fragrant oils that are secreted in marijuana which produce the aroma and flavor in each strain. More importantly, terpenes provide a number of different medical benefits that can help provide relief.
Each terpene contributes different effects and benefits based on a patient's experience. Some terpenes will help enhance patients' mood and improve focus, while other terpenes can reduce stress and promote relaxation. So how do you know exactly which terpenes will work best for you? Let's take a look at some of the most common ailments and symptoms and which terpenes are recommended.
Depression and Anxiety
When dealing with depression, anxiety or PTSD, it is best to seek terpenes that can provide stress relieving and calming properties. Terpenes such as limonene, caryophyllene and linalool are most often utilized to help with treating anxiety and can relieve stress. Linalool and Limonene also contain mood enhancing properties.
Pain and Inflammation
One of the most common conditions patients turn to medical cannabis treatment for is chronic pain. If you are in need of pain relief, look for products that contain pinene, limonene or caryophyllene. Pinene and Limonene have anti-inflammatory properties that make them ideal for helping to treat joint stiffness, swelling or arthritis.
For patients who have difficulty falling or staying asleep at night, terpenes such as linalool and myrcene can help improve your quality of sleep. Both terpenes contain calming and sedating effects that can help you unwind at the end of the day and prepare you for a good night's rest.
Are you in need of a little energy boost? Pinene can promote alertness while still calming the mind so you can have the energy to help get you through the day. Limonene can also help by elevating our mood and relieving stress which can supply mental focus and motivation.
One thing we know about consuming cannabis is that it can stimulate our appetite. However, if you’re looking to avoid making multiple trips to the kitchen to satisfy those cravings, try choosing strains that contain the terpene humulene as it is known to help suppress hunger.
The sale of cannabis flower was recently approved in Virginia and dispensaries are hoping to see it hit the shelves later this year. When you are ready to purchase flower, speak with your budtender to discuss your symptoms and what you hope to achieve from the terpenes so they can help make the best product recommendation for you.