Ever walked down a hotel hallway and had the familiar skunky smell of weed hit your nose? That aroma is due to something produced in marijuana flower, called terpenes. It is also what gives cannabis strains their distinctive flavors and may play a part in the potential mental and physiological benefits. You can find terpenes in the sticky trichomes of female cannabis plants, secreted from the same glands that produce cannabinoids like THC and CBD. Specifically, the ocimene terpene, tends to give strains a complex aroma of mint, sweetly fragrant, floral, herb-like, and woodsy notes, among other benefits, when found in large quantities.
The smell of a particular cannabis strain can be likened to a fingerprint, as it reveals clues into the background and particulars of the strain. And while cannabis can contain over 150 or more types of terpenes, they may only have high concentrations of some over others. The main difference in the overall experience can come from the genetics passed down from the parent strains. For example, if the combined strains have a large concentration of ocimene, the offspring has a high chance of having a high concentration as well.
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Potential Ocimene Terpene Benefits
According to Leafly, ocimene is a monoterpene that can be found in a wide variety of plants, including hops, kumquats, mangoes, basil, lavender, orchids, and pepper, among others.
It may also offer a wide array of medicinal properties as well as uplifting effects, and even help ward off certain bugs from hindering its growth. For instance, ocimene may have possible medical benefits which include antiviral, antifungal, antiseptic, decongestant, and antibacterial properties. Additionally, studies done on ocimene occurring in other plants found that it had highly effective anti-inflammatory properties and may help treat symptoms of diabetes. Outside of the weed world, ocimene is used in the perfume industry, because of its aromatic profile, contributing to floral notes like lily and lilac.
Interested in trying strains that contain a large amount of ocimene? While you won’t find one with ocimene as the dominant terpene, strains with high concentrations of the terpene include Strawberry Cough, Dream Queen, Dutch Treat, Golden Pineapple, Green Crack, J1, Amnesia, Space Queen, and Purple Haze, among others.
Continue reading to learn more about each ocimene-heavy strain and what it may help with.
The delicious Strawberry Cough is a sativa strain that can be found to contain around 18% THC and around 1% of CBG. The smoke may taste sweet, with notes of strawberry. Users say that consuming the strain may help with stress, anxiety, and depression. Furthermore, Strawberry Cough’s main terpenes include myrcene, caryophyllene, pinene, and ocimene.
Want to learn more about the Strawberry Cough strain made by Western Cultured Cannabis, then click here.
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The cannabis strain, Dream Queen, comes from Blue Dream and Space Queen parent strains. It is a pungent hybrid that has a scent reminiscent of pineapple, bubblegum, citrus, and menthol. When smoking Dream Queen, users say it gives them euphoric effects. Furthermore, the main terpenes in the strain are myrcene, caryophyllene, and ocimene.
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While the origins of the Dutch Treat strain is unknown, smoking the strain tastes as flavorful as it sounds; primarily fruity with notes of mint. This variable hybrid has potentially uplifting effects, however many say it appears and feels more like a euphoric and relaxing body high. Furthermore, the dominant terpenes within the strain are terpinolene, myrcene, and ocimene.
Interested in learning more about the Dutch Treat strain? Click here to learn more about the West Coast Cure version or here for the Landrace Brands review.
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The cross between Golden Goat and Pineapple Kush results in a yummy hybrid strain that may deliver creative, uplifting effects with a fruity, tropical flavor. The strain, Golden Pineapple, has an aroma that reminds users of sour pineapple. Consumers of this strain say it helps relieve symptoms of stress, anxiety, and depression.
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Green Crack is a potent sativa weed strain, that probably gets its name not just because of the potentially energizing effects it can have, but because it makes you keep coming back for more. It is made by crossing Skunk #1 with an unknown indica, giving off a tangy, mango-like flavor to the bud. Furthermore, Green Crack can be great to consume in the daytime and may help consumers fight fatigue, stress, and depression. According to Leafly, the strain is also known as “Green Crush,” “Green Kush,” and “Mango Crack.”
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The result of the cross between two legendary sativas, Skunk #1 and Jack Herer, is a hybrid marijuana strain, J1. The Jack Herer strain adds its sweet pungency to the mix, but the strain is best known for its strong, uplifting, clear-headed buzz. Consumers of the J1 strain say it helps with stress, depression, and anxiety.
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The sativa strain, Amnesia, is created from the crossing Cinderella 99, and Jack Herer strains. Because of the mix, the strain has high amounts of terpinolene, caryophyllene, and lastly, ocimene. Users of Amnesia say it mostly helps with stress, depression, and pain. Additionally, consumers of Amnesia say they felt uplifting, creative, euphoric after smoking the strain.
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Inspired by Jimi Hendrix’s classic song, “Purple Haze,” the strain was created and named in its honor. It is a sativa strain, made from Purple Thai and Haze strains. As a result, when smoked the strain may offer a dreamy burst of euphoria that may be intense enough to awaken your inner creativity. The combination also contributes to the mix of sweet and earthy flavors with hints of berry and spice.
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The Space Queen strain is a buzzing hybrid that comes from crossing Romulan with the Cinderella 99 strain. Consumers of Space Queen say the strain presents a fruity and vanilla smoke that has a tinge of piney pepper. This strain may offer intense cerebral highs, perfect for an afternoon pick-me-up; some of its therapeutic qualities might include stress relief, pain relief, and help with depression and anxiety.
To read a more in-depth analysis, read the full article about Space Queen here.
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