Yo, what’s up guys? This is Dan, and today we’re gonna talk about two of the dopest terpenes in cannabis – ocimene and guaiol. Now, you probably already know that terpenes are the essential oils in the cannabis plant that give it its unique aroma and effects. But did you know that there are up to 200 different terpenes in weed? That’s a lot, man. So, let’s dive into these two specific terps and see what they’re all about.
Ocimene is found in a lot of different fruits and herbs like mint, parsley, pepper, basil, mangoes, orchids, and of course – weed. It’s sweet, herbaceous, woody, and sometimes fruity with a citric twist. But what’s really cool about ocimene is that it has some pretty dope medicinal benefits. For example, studies have shown that it has anti-inflammatory effects and strong antifungal properties. And get this – it’s also been noted for its strong antiviral properties.
But here’s the thing – the level of ocimene can vary from plant to plant which means not all strains will have high concentrations of it. However, some strains that may contain higher concentrations of ocimene include OG Kush and Sour Diesel. And to get the most out of this terpene, you wanna use a good vaporizer on a very low temperature setting because it has a boiling point of roughly 149-151°F.
On the other hand, we have guaiol. Unlike ocimene, guaiol is actually a sesquiterpenoid alcohol instead of an oil. It’s found in plants like cypress pine and guaiacum and has a unique piney aroma which is similar to other terps like pinene. Guaiol has been used as a natural medicine for centuries and has been known to cure syphilis! In fact, it was suggested in the 18th century to stimulate menstruation and was even used as an abortifacient. It’s also been noted as a local stimulant which may help with sore throats, gout, rheumatism, and more. Recently, studies have found that guaiol has some cool antimicrobial properties as well as serving as a natural insecticide.
Now here’s where things get interesting – ocimene and guaiol work together with other terpenes and cannabinoids to produce potent effects which is known as the entourage effect. And while these terpenes are impressive on their own – they work best in whole plant therapies with other compounds.
Unfortunately though, conducting research into cannabis remains difficult due to prohibitionist policies which make studying the plant unattractive for researchers. But hopefully with more legalization around the world and changing attitudes towards weed – we can uncover the true potential of compounds like ocimene and guaiol.
So there you have it folks – two dope terpenes that make weed even cooler than it already is. Keep blazing up!