Nowadays, the market supply of cannabis varieties is so wide and diverse that the choice of high-quality cannabis seeds is becoming quite difficult for several cannabis growers or users. This difficulty may increase even more when this world is totally or almost unknown to us, and when we need finding a variety of cannabis that can help us to reduce certain ailments of the body and mind.
This is why, in this article, we will guide you to make your choice easier if you wish to grow and consume cannabis to reduce anxiety symptoms. On the one hand, we present you 3 terpenes that are of major interest in this sense and also are perfectly suitable for this use.
3 terpenes acting as tranquilizers
We present here the 3 main terpenes that act effectively to reduce your anxiety symptoms.
Caryophyllene is a terpene that helps to reduce stress with some effectiveness, thanks to its analgesic properties. Based on investigations in mice, it appears to have a powerful effect on CB2 receptors within the endocannabinoid system. Consequently, varieties containing a high content of the latter have the advantage of alleviating the effects of colitis, pain and also the symptoms of Alzheimer’s disease according to recent studies.
Caryophyllene is quite easily found in cloves, rosemary and black pepper for example, which allows us to clearly understand that this terpene with anti-inflammatory and tranquilizing properties, has a strong and well-marked aroma and taste. Caryophyllene is present in a large group of Indica-dominant hybrids in general, but it is also found in some Sativa-dominant hybrids. It is also a terpene that can be consumed at a high dosage and without any danger.
Caryophyllene seems to be a terpene with significant therapeutic action, although it is still preferable to keep some reservations about it at the moment, what is also known for sure is that it amplifies the effects of morphine for example. It would be interesting to know in the future, what synergy can be achieved with other Phytocannabinoids and what concentration is needed to obtain convincing results.
Myrcene is a terpene commonly found in many cannabis varieties. It produces relaxing, sedative and anti-inflammatory effects. In the presence of THC, a synergy occurs that amplifies the effects of the “high” significantly due to the combined action of the latter, however, when it is present in a fairly high proportion. It is a terpene found in aromatic plants such as laurel, lemongrass, hops, thyme or in a fruit such as a mango for example.
There is an urban legend that advises eating a mango at least one hour before consuming cannabis, it seems that it amplifies the effects of cannabis, to be checked. On the other hand, our experience gained in recent years during the development of many varieties rich in CBD has allowed us to determine that a large majority of cannabis varieties with a high content of cannabidiol (CBD), contain myrcene, which allows us to better understand the physical relaxing effect felt when consuming CBD.
In this particular case, there may be another synergy that would reinforce this effect, depending on the age and storage method of your cannabis, the high presence of CBN, which proves to be more important as the oxidation of your cannabis flowers progresses over time, could be another associated factor to achieve an intensely sedative and soothing effect.
Limonene is a terpene present in cannabis and has many virtues. It has a citrusy smell and is found in high concentrations in citric fruits such as lemon, orange, and grapefruit.
For example, it improves the mood and makes it easier to assimilate other terpenes as well as other chemical components through the skin, digestive tract and also through the mucous membranes. It also offers the possibility to reduce stress, heartburn and it also has antifungal properties such as antibacterial properties.
Some studies have shown that limonene has a clear antidepressant potential, as it can effectively stimulate both serotonin and dopamine in the brain. It is still preferable to be cautious, but it seems that limonene has anti-cancer properties, on the one hand by inhibiting the growth of breast tumor tissue, and on the other hand by inhibiting a protein that promotes the spread of breast cancer.
It has also been observed that limonene promotes apoptosis of cancer cells, i.e. their programmed death, particularly in the case of lung and brain cancer. This terpene also appears to have beneficial immuno-protective properties, since it improves the proper functioning of the immune system as well as its overall balance.