All about the cannabis terpene Valencene

Published Dec 10, 2019 10:00 a.m. ET
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Terpenes are a magical oil, and they have benefits that we have yet to find, but the ones that have been discovered are so beneficial that we need to spread the word about how amazing terpenes truly are.

The terpene valencene is not as well known as some of the others, so it’s time to shed some light on the sweet-smelling element. This terpene has the beautiful aroma of tangerine, sweet grapefruit oranges, and wood. Valencene has a lot to offer when mixed with CBD and THC, as the healing benefits can help you to relax focus and relieve stress. Strains that have high concentrations of valencene include ACDC, Agent Orange, Tangie, Sour Diesel.

Edibles are great, especially when they are made with strains that have high levels of valencene to give a great orange undertone that makes for excellent flavor. This sweet-smelling terpene is also a great addition for candles and other oils such as olive oil for a sweet smell, and it can even add a delightful taste to your morning coffee. Terpenes are hydrocarbons found in the oils of plants. Terpenes can be found in black pepper, citrus rinds, pine needles, pine tree sap, and of course, the cannabis plant.

What are the benefits of valencene?

1. Bug repellant
Valencene is a reliable bug repellent. It repels fleas, mosquitos, and ticks better than products made from Deet, and that means no chemicals! You will find valencene in some natural flea products such as shampoo and flea collars, which is great news for the pooches out there.

2. Energy-boosting
This terpene keeps you cognitively alert, focused, and wide awake, which makes it great for late nights of studying. This amazing terpene is also a bronchodilator, so if you have asthma, this is the terpene you want to look for, but it is important to note that this dose does not mean that you stop taking prescribed medications.

3. Anti-inflammatory
Just like most other terpenes, valencene is a great anti-inflammatory. It also helps keep a healthy immune system, and that is some magical immune-boosting power.

4. Anti-nausea
This marijuana terpene by reducing chemotherapy-induced nausea. Chemotherapy treatment is also enhanced by other compounds found in cannabis like cannabinoids.

5. Topical treatment of skin conditions
Valencene also helps to heal both sun-damaged skin and eczema.

What are terpenes, and how do they work?

Terpenes and terpenoids interact with the endocannabinoid receptors found in the human body and produce chemicals to balance our body's interaction with cannabis, which is also known as the entourage effect. Terpenes are tremendous, but as we said before, much more research needs to be done to find out the full benefits that they may have on our bodies. Valencene is less known, but without a doubt, it will become more popular as more research is done. There is another terpene that is very close to valencene, and its name is limonene.

Limonene

Limonene is also found in citrus rinds and has many healing benefits such as antioxidant and anti-fungal properties. It can also reduce anxiety, depression, and OCD obsessive-compulsive disorder.You can find terpenes at some dispensaries where staff can help to guide you towards what you may be looking for in a terpene. Cannabis does not contain just one terpene so don’t be disappointed if you get a mixture of aromas from a strain that is dominant in a specific one. That’s why we say has the undertone of followed by a list, as there are so many different strains of cannabis and so many different terpenes in each one.

Don’t be afraid to explore, experiment, and to find the right mixture for you and remember that terpenes don’t get you high, but they do help take care of your mind, body, and soul, leaving you with a sense of well being.

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