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Cannabis terpenes for the ultimate sense of relaxation

Published Oct 7, 2021 11:30 a.m. ET
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Most know that they can smoke a little bit of cannabis and in return, they’re likely to get an amazing night's rest, but very few realize that you don’t need the intense sedating effects of THC to get the job done. Though of course, some would argue that the powerful euphoria is an excellent choice that’s almost necessary if you’re looking to meet all of the angst away, all that’s really necessary are the gentler relaxing benefits of cannabis-derived terpenes.

Does it really work?

Aromatherapy has been around and put into practice for centuries because people realized long ago that the simplest of smells could have the most incredible impact on those around them. Some products that work on this premise have been so effective that they’ve blossomed into multi-million dollar industries, so it’s safe to say that it works. However, cannabis terpenes tend to be a little bit different from your average bowl of potpourri.

Terpenes for relaxation

Finding the best terpenes for relaxation might take a bit of time, but this list offers an acceptable range of options that are most known for providing soothing, relaxing, and sedating effects. Use your nose to see which ones are most compatible with your personality, and then go from there to figure out an acceptable method of dosing.

1. Beta-caryophyllene
Aroma:

  • Black pepper
  • Spicy
  • Herbal

2. Linalool
Aroma:

  • Sweet
  • Floral
  • Citrus

3. Terpinolene
Aroma:

  • Pine
  • Citrus
  • Floral

4. Beta pinene
Aroma:

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  • Woody
  • Pine
  • Fresh

5. Myrcene
Aroma:

  • Fruity
  • Earthy
  • Herbal

How to choose the best one for you

With so many cannabis-derived terpenes and terpenoids to choose from, and some being more prevalent or highly concentrated than others in more accessible strains and products, it might be hard to figure out which one to go for. Some are harder to find, and others are difficult to acquire in a combination that suits the palette and mind. So where do you start? Well, science says to follow your nose.

Go by scent

Not all terpenes for relaxation will necessarily work on you, and if you want to find the one that is likely to be the most effective, then you’ll want to take a deep sniff and see what your senses reveal. Scents that you feel are most enjoyable are likely to leave you calmer and more relaxed, whereas those that seem pungent and likable are likely to be distracting and stimulate the mind which could have the opposite effect of what you’re hoping to achieve.

Experiment

Truthfully you could do all the research within reach and sniff each one diligently in search of the one that just feels right, but there is no way to know for certain that one will work until you try it because each individual's experience is slightly different. A terpene that makes most people feel sleepy could perk you up, and the same could be true in reverse. Unfortunately, for now, the best way to solve the problem is with some good old-fashioned experimenting which takes both time and patience to see through.

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