Citrus, Floral, Woody, Mint
Floral, Vegetable, Woody
Hops, Kumquat, Mango, Mint, Parsley, Pepper, Lavender, Basil, Orchids
Anti-inflammatory, Anti-fungal, Antiviral, Antiseptic, Decongestant
Major terpene found in these cannabis strains:
Green Crack, Golden Goat, Strawberry Cough, Dutch Treat, Chernobyl, OG Kush, Durban Poison, Space Queen, Lemon Sour Diesel,
Ocimene is a monoterpene with a fruity, floral, herbacious and some even say wet cloth smell. Ocimene has exhibited anti-inflammatory effects in white blood cell through a variety of pathways. Antifungal effects are also seen with the human specific Candida species. And very interestingly Ocimene showed specificity and effectiveness against SARS virus.
Ocimene is an isomeric hydrocarbon found in a wide variety of fruits and plants. It’s sweet, fragrant, herbaceous, and woodsy aromas, which features prominently in many perfumes, and helps plants defend themselves in their natural environment. Ocimene occurs naturally in botanicals as diverse as mint, parsley, pepper, basil, mangoes, orchids, kumquats, and of course cannabis. The name is derived from the plant genus name Ocimum, from the Ancient Greek word for Basil.
Ocimene's effect and benefits
Just as different cannabinoids have different effects, so do terpenes. These unique attributes contribute to the overall composition of a strain, adding a dimension to each one’s “personality.” Some of Ocimene’s known effects and benefits include:
Melting point: 122°F/50°C
Boiling point: 212°F/100°C
Medicine Box: Terpene Spotlight: Ocimene
Apothecarium: Terpenes: The Essentials - Ocimene
Royal Queen Seeds: Cannabis Terpenes: Ocimene and Guaiol
As with all areas of study on the medical qualities of cannabis, more research needs to be conducted to better understand the interactions Terpenes create, like Ocimene, within the human body. Human trials might be in short supply, but the fact that Ocimene does not appear on Schedule I of the Controlled Substances Act (unlike THC, CBD, and cannabis as a whole), means it is easy to obtain and legal to use in a variety studies. Therefore, researchers have been more free to focus on its potential efficacy as an anti-inflammatory, anti-viral, anti-bacterial, and degongestant agent.
An Italian study in 2008 found that one essential oil compound from a Lebanon plant specie L. nobilis produced an "interesting activity" on SARS and HSV, which most likely means it slowed the growth or hindered the viruses ability to be cause damage.
In Iran 2015, the Ferulago carduchorum plant was studied for it's ability to keep milk and ghee from spoiling as well as produced a pleasant taste for locals. It was found to be high in Ocimene (43.3% of total essential oils). This F. carduchorum essential oil was found to be an antimicrobial agent.
A 2018 study done in Thailand showed eugenol and B-Ocimene are effective mosquito deterrents, specifically to stop them from laying eggs. In bead form inside water, the effects lasted for up to 27 days.
Another 2018 study in South Africa concluded that Ocimene could be an alternative to anti-bacterial drugs in an age of antibiotic resistant viruses, as well as already being a good fungicide and antioxidant.
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