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  • Writer's pictureAlexander Kavouras

Terpenes in Medical Cannabis: More Than Just Flavor

Terpenes, the aromatic compounds found in cannabis, play a significant role beyond just determining the flavor and aroma of a plant.


They also contribute to the therapeutic effects of cannabis through a phenomenon known as the "entourage effect." Terpenes like myrcene, limonene, and pinene interact with cannabinoids to enhance their medical efficacy and can influence their effects on the body.

 

Myrcene, for instance, is known for its sedative and muscle relaxant properties, while limonene has mood-elevating effects and may aid in anxiety and stress relief. Pinene helps with alertness and memory retention.


Understanding the effects of different terpenes is crucial for patients and healthcare providers to tailor cannabis treatment plans that are not only effective but also pleasant to consume.

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