What is Ocimene?
Ocimene is a terpene found in a variety of cannabis strains including hybrids, sativas and indicas. Cannabis plants with some levels of ocimene give off a sweet, tropical aroma common in mangoes and kumquats . Significant levels of pinene can also smell like fresh cut grass and herbs in wine. Ocimene's citrus oils act to protect the cannabis plant from pests as it matures. Ocimene rarely dominates a terpene profile but is very recognizable in cannabis plants like Strawberry Cough or Clementine.
Medicinal Benefits of Ocimene
Currently, there is not enough research to claim that Ocimene is a proven treatment for any medical condition by itself. Ocimene has been used to treat inflammation like many terpenes, but also possess antiviral and antifungal properties. Past tests have also showed that ocimene can help treat symptoms of Type 2 diabetes by inhibiting key enzymes from proliferating. More research is needed to determine if ocimeme is an effective treatment for these conditions and others.
Common Cannabis Strains with OcimeneOcimene is present in several cannabis plants but rarely at such a level that would be effective at fighting a disease. Anyone researching ocimene as a method of treatment should consult with their physician to discuss appropriate dosing and methods of consumption. Below you’ll see a list of common cannabis strains with significant levels of ocimene.
- Strawberry Cough
- Golden Pineapple
- Green Crack
- Dream Queen
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