Terpene Spotlight: Ocimene
Ocimene is another terpene found in many strains of cannabis. While more research needs to be done before we can truly understand this terpene, it has some interesting characteristics.
It might help differentiate indicas from sativas. Many of the cannabis strains with the uplifting effects we attribute to sativas have myrcene as the dominant terpene. While that usually means that strain is an indica, researchers found that if ocimene or terpinolene is the second most abundant terpene, the strain will behave like a sativa.
Is there one particular strain that always makes you cough? You might want to check the lab report for elevated levels of ocimene. When smoked or vaped, it can help clear out any congestion you have in your airway.1
Therapeutic Uses of Ocimene
- A potential treatment for inflammation.
- It inhibits enzymes related to type 2 diabetes and hypertension.
- Shows promise as an anticonvulsant.
- Strikes terror in the heart of aphids.
- Has antibacterial properties.
- An effective decongestant.
Cannabis Strains High in Ocimene
Every strain is either a sativa or a hybrid. We’d be very interested if you know of any indicas that contain high levels of this terpene.
- Arjan’s Ultra Haze #1
- Durban Poison
- Gold Country Afgoo
- Golden Goat
- Himalayan Gold
- Lemon Sour Diesel
- OG Kush
- Space Queen
- Strawberry Cough
Other Sources of Ocimene
Ocimene as a Functional Ingredient
This particular terpene isn’t a big part of our product line, partially because the best way to get its benefits is by smoking or vaping. Like many other cannabis terpenes, it’s also a great insecticide. It has a green, woody flavor with floral and vegetal notes. It makes huge contributions to the scent of orchids.
How to Eat More Ocimene
Ocimene is found in tarragon, an herb so delicious that James Beard once said,
“I believe that if ever I had to practice cannibalism, I might manage if there were enough tarragon around.”
Fortunately, there is no need to resort to cannibalism — try these recipes instead.
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