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Understanding Terpenese: Ocimene

Understanding Terpenese: Ocimene

Ocimene is one of more than 200 terpenes discovered to date in hemp and cannabis. Terpenes are aromatic molecules once thought to convey only aroma (as part of the evolutionary defense mechanisms of herbs and other plants). In recent years, however, much clinical research has revealed the medicinal efficacy of molecules such as ocimene.

This terpene features a sweet aroma that is floral and herbaceous in nature, sometimes with a hint of citrus. Ocimene is produced by a variety of plant species other than hemp and cannabis, including allspice, basil, bergamot, bigarde, ho leaf, kumquat, lavender (which also produces the terpene linalool), mango (also a source of myrcene), mint, orchid, parsley, pepper, and petitgrain.

Medicinal Efficacy 

Like other terpenes, ocimene has been found to provide a wide range of medicinal benefits, including anti-inflammatory, antibacterial, antifungal, antiseptic, antiviral, and even decongestant properties (related to its ability to decrease systemic inflammation).

Through anecdotal evidence and formal research studies, ocimene has been shown to be a potential agent in the fight against a variety of diseases and conditions, including type-2 diabetes, malaria, hypertension, and the Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS) virus.

It’s relatively powerful anti-inflammatory and antiviral properties mean that ocimene may play a role as a support therapy, in conjunction with other treatments, for a variety of viral infections and conditions based in inflammation (such as arthritis and fibromyalgia).

The Studies 

2014 research study entitled “Chemical Composition and Anti-inflammation Activity of Essential Oils from Citrus Unshiu Flower” that was published in the journal Natural Product Communications investigated the ability of a range of terpenes, including terpinene, alpha- and beta-pinene, limonene, and ocimene to provide “medicinal functions.”

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Curt Robbins

Inventor of #TerpeneTuesday, all things science and Cannabis!

Curt Robbins is a technical writer, photographer, and compliance documentation specialist for the cannabis industry. Since 2004, he has contributed feature articles to a variety of magazines and media outlets, including High Times, CannaBiz Journal, MERRY JANE, MassRoots, WoahStork Learn, The Emerald Magazine, Grow Magazine, Herb.co, The Kind, Skunk, Cannabis Culture, Whaxy, Heads, Weed World, Green Flower Media, Cannabis Health Journal, Green Thumb, and Treating Yourself.

His cannabis-related photography, spanning back more than a decade, is available on Instagram. He tweets from @RobbinsGroupLLC and is active on LinkedIn and Facebook.

Robbins has developed more than 130 cannabis license applications to date. One hundred of these were for outdoor cultivation in Humboldt County. He has developed cannabis business plans and operational plans for industry segments such as manufacturing/processing and cultivation for clients in Humboldt County, San Francisco, Denver, and Los Angeles.

At the municipal level, Robbins has developed applications for Lynwood, Costa Mesa, Cathedral City, Eureka, and Santa Ana (all in California). At the state level, he has worked on or led teams for application development for licenses in Illinois, Maryland, Nevada, Pennsylvania, Ohio, and California. These applications have been in the industry segments of manufacturing/processing, cultivation, distribution, and retail/dispensing.

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