Cannabis Terpenes: Eucalyptol

In the cannabis plant, there are a variety of terpenes, which affect the flavor and aroma of the plants, especially once they’re dried and cured. There are varying levels of different cannabis terpenes within the plant, and each serves a unique purpose. One of the main cannabis terpenes is called eucalyptol, which is commonly referred to as 1,8 cineole. This terpene has a refreshing and strong eucalyptus and minty aroma, alongside many other powerful medicinal benefits and properties. Read on to learn more about Eucalyptol and see how it could help you in your daily life.

Background of Eucalyptol

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In 1870, French Chemist Fran├žois Stanislas Cloez isolated eucalyptol from eucalyptus globulus, as stated in an article from the American Chemical Society. Out of all the cannabis terpenes that have been discovered thus far, eucalyptol is one of the most popular and widely researched. This cannabis terpene is primarily found in eucalyptus, but it’s also found in tea tree, camphor laurel, bay leaves, sweet basil, wormwood, rosemary, and common sage.

Overall, eucalyptol is a naturally occurring compound found in plants with a strong aromatic foliage. When scientists discovered the potential of this specific cannabis terpene, research began to determine its specific medicinal properties. Due to the strength of this terpene, a little goes a long way when consuming it.

Medicinal Benefits and Properties of Eucalyptol

Eucalyptol contains a variety of therapeutic effects, which is one main reason why so many people used this terpene years ago and to this day. A handful of therapeutic effects eucalyptol contains includes its anti-bacterial, anti-inflammatory, anti-oxidant, anti-viral, and pain-relieving properties. It has also been found that Eucalyptol has anti-proliferative effects, which means that it can inhibit tumor growth, as stated in a Cannapedia article.

In addition, since eucalyptol contains antioxidant properties, this cannabis terpene has shown to be useful for clearing sinuses and helping the digestive system complete its regular tasks. Aside from the medicinal properties mentioned above, according to different studies and a Terpene Info article, Eucalyptol has shown to contain anti-asthma, anti-Alzheimer’s, anti-cancer, and insecticide properties.

In fact, according to a Neurochemical Research study conducted in 2014, it was found that Eucalyptol can act as a potential treatment for Alzheimer’s by lowering the inflammation caused by amyloid beta plaques in the brain. To this day, research continues to be conducted to find additional links between various cannabis terpenes like eucalyptol and Alzheimer’s disease.

Additional Medicinal Properties of Eucalyptol

Aside from the medicinal properties listed above, Eucalyptol has also shown to contain anti-fungal properties, which prevents and/or hinders the growth of fungus. As compared to other cannabis terpenes, eucalyptol has shown to help with more medical conditions and diseases overall, which is why it’s been so heavily researched and studied over the years.

Historically, eucalyptol has been used as an effective insect repellant, and some people continue to use Eucalyptol for this purpose nowadays. However, as a medicine, Eucalyptol is used as a bactericide when ingested and when used topically, as mentioned in a Hydro Life article. Because of Eucalyptol’s anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties, people have used this cannabis terpene to treat coughs, sinus infections, asthma, and even some kinds of cancer.

Products that Contain Eucalyptol

Eucalyptol on its own is often used in mouthwashes, toothpastes, body oils, and within aroma therapy. Also, in oral hygiene products and cough suppressants, Eucalyptol is used as a flavor ingredient, according to the American Chemical Society. In small quantities, it’s safe to ingest eucalyptol, however, this cannabis terpene can be toxic in larger doses.

Ways to Consume Eucalyptol

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The two main eucalyptol consumption methods include oral and topical administration. It’s common for people to use this cannabis terpene on their skin along with other essential oils. However, some people prefer ingesting eucalyptol instead. In general, this cannabis terpene has been widely used on the skin, gums, and other topical regions on the body.

If individuals decide to consume eucalyptol orally, ingesting it through a drink/tincture and/or consuming it with food are both effective options. However, make sure to dilute the terpene before consuming it because it has a powerful strength in its purest form.

Cannabis Strains High in Eucalyptol

Out of all cannabis terpenes, eucalyptol is the one that‘s not in many cannabis strains. Some strains are known for their high level of eucalyptol though, including Super Silver Haze, Girl Scout Cookies, Headband, and Bubba Kush.

Overall, if you’re interested in experiencing a variety of medicinal properties and benefits from a cannabis terpene, eucalyptol may be the way to go. Each cannabis terpene is unique in its own way, but it’s up to you to find out which cannabis terpene you’d like to get the most out of when consuming cannabis.

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