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Ocimene terpene
Terpene Talk

What is ocimene + its benefits?

Carolyn BerkJune 9, 2021

Haven't heard of ocimene? Believe it or not, you've probably encountered this flavorful terpene and not even known it! 

Like other terpenes, ocimene is just one element that gives each cannabis strain its own unique and complex aroma and taste. But studies show that ocimene may have additional properties that can provide anti-inflammatory, anti-fungal and decongestant benefits to medical marijuana patients. 

Read on to learn how ocimene works double duty to engage the senses and provide relief. 

What is ocimene? 

Ocimene is a type of terpene - a molecular compound that gives plants their unique odor and taste. Most cannabis strains contain over a hundred types of terpenes, resulting in a broad bouquet of flavors for consumers to enjoy.  

Similarly, cannabis strains that contain ocimene will have a flavor profile that includes aromas that have notes of pine, earth, and fruit. You may even recognize the scent, as ocimene is frequently used in scented oils and perfumes. 

Once you learn to recognize scents associated with ocimene, you can let your nose guide you to strains that contain this terpene, such as:

Aside from cannabis, ocimene is present in mint, lavender, basil, pepper, mango and many other food or herbs you may find at your local grocery store or farmers market. Ocimene can even be found in orchids and the hops used to make beer. 

The benefits of ocimene

Some studies say that terpenes may influence the effects of each type of cannabis strain. Ocimene in particular has been found to provide several medical benefits to medical marijuana patients. Preliminary research has shown that ocimene can be anti-inflammatoryanti-viral, or even help patients address symptoms associated with diabetes.

Ocimene is also said to help people relieve allergies and nasal congestion. Some patients say they harness the decongestant powers of ocimene by smoking or vaping flower from cannabis strains that are high in this terpene. Keep in mind that this method can cause excessive coughing. People can also reap the decongestive benefits of this terpene by using essential oils from high-ocimene plants like lavender and bergamot. 

High ocimene cannabis strains

People who want to grow cannabis plants outdoors may want to look into strains that are higher in ocimene. High-ocimene plants have been shown to naturally keep away common pests like aphids. For an abundance of ocimene, try growing high-yield strains like OG Kush and Jack Herer. 

The alluring and zesty scent of ocimene, paired with potential health benefits, will certainly have people everywhere raving about this terpene. 

Carolyn Berk Lantern Author 
Carolyn Berk
Carolyn Berk got her start working in both radio and TV before applying her journalism skills to the cannabis industry. She is currently a content marketer and an active member of the New England cannabis community.