As we move through Mental Health Awareness Month, we want to educate our valued patients on the benefits that medical cannabis can have on their mental health. Within the cannabis plant, there are over 200 terpenes, each having its own unique effects and benefits. Certain terpenes have stress-relieving effects that can really help manage some of those symptoms. Stress can trigger and worsen mental (and physical) health symptoms, so it’s important to keep stress levels as low as possible. Here are four terpenes for anxiety to look for when you are trying to manage your stress!
Terpenes for Anxiety: Beta-Caryophyllene
This terpene stands out from the rest because of the unique way that it combats anxiety symptoms. Beta-Caryophyllene (AKA b-caryophyllene) is one of the few terpenes that can directly interact with our CB2 receptors, despite not being a cannabinoid. This makes it one of the most effective terpenes for treating symptoms of both anxiety & depression. This terpene is also known for its peppery flavor and calming effects.
As the name suggests, limonene is commonly found in the peels of citrus fruits. Strains that include limonene are known to relieve high levels of stress, restlessness, and paranoia. This is an uplifting terpene and high amounts typically indicate a sativa-leaning strain. Not only is limonene good for anxiety, but it’s also being studied for its potential antidepressant effects as well as its antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, and antiviral properties.
Myrcene is one of the most prevalent terpenes you will find in your cannabis products. This terpene has sedative and pain-relieving properties that can really help reduce stress and anxiety. In fact, myrcene is known to be one of the best terpenes for inflammation. Aside from this, the unique thing about myrcene is that it interacts with THC to create a more potent high, which enhances the calming effects.
This popular terpene is best known for its floral scent and presence in lavender. The scent of linalool alone has been found to alleviate anxious feelings and even reduce aggression. In addition, linalool also has microbial, antidepressant, and anti-inflammatory properties. New research is discovering that linalool can even increase the effectiveness of SSRIs, a commonly prescribed medication for depression & anxiety.
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