Terpineol's Therapeutic Effects
For those who enjoy the aroma of citrus, cloves, lilac, or any floral and earthy aromas, there's a good chance you'll like the scent of terpineol, a terpene that is commonly found in cannabis plants aas well as other plant species. Besides its pleasant smell, research suggests that terpineol has antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, as well as its anti-cancerous potential.
A study by The Journal of Food and Chemical Toxicology in 2011 claimed that alpha terpineol had ìthe highest antioxidant activityî among the compounds tested. Terpineol had the strongest antimicrobial effect against ìpathogenic and spoilage forming bacteria", when compared with other terpenes in essential oils in another study in 2014. Terpineol effectively altered the cell membrane of bacteria weakening it and making it vulnerable to immune defenses.
In one breakthrough study, terpineol was found to inhibit tumor cell growth, especially in with small cell lung carcinoma cells. Terpineol helps by suppressing NF-kB signaling. Chronic NF-kB activation leads to cancer, inflammation, and autoimmune disorders. Some laboratories are testing for terpenes in a variety of cannabis strains to determine their exact terpene composition. Many laboratories confirm that terpineol is present in strains like Jack Herer, J-1, and most ìOGî strains.
A study was published in the Basic & Clinical Pharmacology & Toxicology journal citing that terpineol ìmight be potentially interesting in the development of new clinically relevant drugs for management of painful and/or inflammatory disease.î Terpineol is one of the contributors to the feeling of sedation when consuming cannabis. For patients with severe dysfunctional pain and inflammation, terpineol can provide therapeutic effects to reduce the severity and consistency of flare-ups.
Terpineol is terrific as a supplement to a treatment regimen for many illnesses, although more research is needed to prove itís effectiveness as a treatment. Terpineol, like many terpenes found in cannabis, is vulnerable to degradation and deterioration if stored improperly reducing its medicinal effects. Keep your terpenes plentiful and fully aromatic with humidity-controlled storage containers.