In our terpene spotlight, we’ve done deep dives into those aromatic little compounds found in all plants, including cannabis. We’ve covered limonene, myrcene, pinene, and caryophyllene, and terpinolene, and we’re back today to discuss eucalytpol.
Quick Terpene Recap
If you’re still new to the world of terpenes, let’s quickly recap. Terpenes are the teensy compounds that give give all flowers, plants, and herbs their unique aromatic properties. If you’re picking up a zing of citrus or telltale spice from a bouquet or herb garden, or you can taste a certain peppery bite at lunch, well, thank terpenes. These oils are produced in the same glands as beloved cannabinoids like CBD and THC, and to date, there are over 100 different terpenes identified in the cannabis plant alone. And that’s why one strain can be so different from another in terms of fragrance and flavor. Cool, right? It doesn’t end there!
In addition to their influence on what we smell and what we taste, terpenes also have a role in the effect of a given strain. Some are associated with stress relief and relaxation. Others are known for improving focus and clarity. Actually, the terpene profile is a better indicator of a strain’s effects than THC content.
As you might have guessed, eucalyptol is commonly found in the eucalyptus tree. But it’s also present in herbs like sage, basil, rosemary, bay leaves, as well as tea tree and cardamom. Eucalyptol is easy to pick out, thanks to that strong signature minty, cooling fragrance. You’ll find it in everything from oral hygiene products to cough drops to those cooling massage balms. Eucalyptol is among the most researched terpenes, so we have a pretty good idea of what it does.
The Effects of Eucalyptol
Studies of eucalyptol have find this particular terpene can help calm pain caused by inflammation, and it’s even had success against certain respiratory diseases and pancreatitis. But wait, there’s more. Eucalyptol is also known for its powerful antioxidant, antibacterial, anti-fungal and even anti-cancer properties. It also has mental health benefits – this terpene is associated with enhanced memory and cognitive energy. In fact, some research points to eucalyptol as a potential – and promising – treatment for people living with Alzheimer’s.
Where Can I Find Eucalyptol?
If you’re interested in giving this terpene a go, ask your favorite budtender for a recommendation. Girl Scout Cookies is a good first choice.