Medical terpenes are aromatic compounds found in several plants.
They are responsible for the distinct taste and smell of plants.
They are used in recreational and medical products. Terpenes have been studied extensively for their therapeutic properties. Terpenes have anti-inflammatory, anti-anxiety, anti-depressant, and analgesic effects. They interact with the endocannabinoid system in the body which is responsible for regulating physiological functions such as pain, mood and appetite. Limonene is one of the most well known terpenes and is commonly found in some strains of cannabis and citrus fruits. Limonene has been found to have anti-inflammatory, anti-tumor, and anti-anxiety effects. It has also been used to treat depression and improve cognitive function. Myrcene, another terpene found in high concentrations in cannabis, has sedative and analgesic properties. Additionally, it has anti-inflammatory and anti-tumor properties. The terpene beta-caryophyllene can be found in black pepper and some strains of cannabis. Studies are being conducted to determine whether it can be used to treat inflammatory diseases such as arthritis because of its anti-inflammatory as well as analgesic effects. Cannabis as well as lavender both contain linalool as a terpene. It is commonly used as a natural remedy for stress as well as insomnia due to its anti-anxiety as well as antidepressant properties. Cannabinoids, such as THC as well as CBD, are commonly enhanced by terpenes. The therapeutic properties of medical terpenes are being studied for their potential to treat a variety of medical conditions. Terpenes offer an effective and natural alternative to traditional pharmaceuticals.