Super-Class Terpenes: Ocimene

 

The eight super-class terpenes identified by this pinnacle study include alpha-pinene, beta-caryophyllene (BCP), humulene, limonene, linalool, myrcene, ocimene, and terpinolene.


Ocimene, one of the eight super-class terpenes, is known for delivering a sweet, woody scent and herbaceous flavor that sometimes carries notes of fresh fruity citrus, earth, and forest. This common terpene is a popular food and cosmetics ingredient and is also—similar to other terpenes—employed as an insect repellant.


Like others in the super-class category, ocimene is one of the most common terpenes in cannabis/hemp/marijuana. Like other cannabis terpenes, ocimene is never encountered in isolation in the wild. Instead, it combines with many other terpenes (and other chemicals, including esters and ketones) to produce unique and multi-layered fragrances that are characteristics of particular cultivars and individual plants. 


This terpene is produced by many botanical species beyond cannabis, including basil, bay leaves, kumquats, mango, mint, orchids, oregano, parsley, pepper, tarragon, and wild carrots. 


Like other terpenes and cannabinoids, research has revealed that ocimene features multiple avenues of efficacy and may act as a positive therapeutic agent for a number of diseases and conditions. Ocimene's potential medicinal benefits include efficacy against conditions based on inflammation. Its antiviral and antifungal powers may make it of value in several medicinal applications. Research has also revealed potential antioxidant benefits and that conditions such as cancer and diabetes may benefit. 


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