We are still just starting to learn the different ways that cannabis effects us. For the longest time, people thought it was only THC working all the magic that cannabis produces. While THC is the only cannabinoid that produces the euphoria we’ve all grown to love from cannabis, most of the medicinal properties are actually from various terpenes found in cannabis. If you struggle with pain, these are the 3 terpenes you want your cannabis strains to have.
Caryophyllene is a terpene that’s found in many different plants. This spicy, peppery terpene is found in black pepper, cinnamon, oregano, and cloves among many others. It’s very attracted to your peripheral CB2 receptors giving it wonderful anti-inflammatory benefits. Super Bud is going to be one of the best strains for caryophyllene, but it is also found in OG Kush, Sour Diesel, and Skywalker OG.
This is a terpene that, while you may not be aware, you are very familiar with. After all, it’s aroma fills a huge portion of homes in America—the smell of lavender. Amazinfly, linalool is found in over 200 plants. Its anti-microbial properties are something that plants love making for a very symbiotic relationship.
Not only does linalool show promising results in lowering levels of anxiety and depression, but it also makes your immune system more resilient to stress, it is a natural muscle-relaxer, and helps relieve pain. It does all of these by reducing the strength of specific signals to your brain. Strains that are high in linalool are White Widow and Kosher Kush.
I saved the best pain managing terpene for last. Humulene is not only found in cannabis but it’s also found in one of the plants most commonly used to treat pain—hops. It can also be found in Spearmint, Ginger, and Common Sage.
Humulene is also a powerful anti-inflammatory and has been shown to have anti-cancer properties. What makes humulene one of my favorite terpenes, though, is that it suppresses your appetite. So, if you struggle with cannabis typically dragging you through your fridge, stick with strains high in humulene. The strains that currently have the highest amount of humulene in their terpene profile are The Church, Greenhouse Cheese, and Greenhouse Skunk.
To get the most out of medical cannabis, you can’t just blindly pick up any strain and start smoking. You need to take the time to experiment with different cannabinoid and terpene profiles to see what works best for you and your body.
Even if you are just trying to use cannabis recreationally, it’s not as simple as picking the strain with the highest THC percentage. Sometimes, the strain that will get you the highest will only have a high teens THC percentage with a solid terpene profile. Take the time to learn your terpenes, and you’ll develop an even deeper love for cannabis.
By: Tony Hand Jr
Tony Jr is the Founder and Editor-in-Chief of THCoverdose.com. If he’s not smoking, writing or watching anime, then you can usually find him on the couch yelling over terrible play calling.