EXPLORING THE CANNABIS TERPENE CYMENE
This terpene is found in cannabis but also most commonly in thyme and in cumin. You can also find Cymene in coriander, eucalyptus and oregano. It is often used in topical creams and in essential oils because of the antimicrobial and antifungal properties it possesses.
THE BENEFITS OF CYMENE
ANALGESIC: In studies that were conducted on mice, Cymene dramatically increased the amount of time it took for mice to feel pain either from heat or from inflammation. There is a lot of hope that with more research, science could replace more addictive pain treatments like opioids, with natural pain killers based on Cymene and similar terpenes.
MEMORY: Cymene has been shown to inhibit AchE, which helps the neurotransmitter, acetylcholine last longer. That means that memory and attentiveness are increased.
ADHD AND MOOD DISORDERS: You’ll even feel more motivation. Just a small amount is helpful to those who suffer with ADHD or with mood disorders. It’s worked fantastically for people so far but much more research is necessary to provide hard data that proves conclusively that Cymene is a viable treatment option.
OTHER USES FOR CYMENE
Antimicrobial packaging, being made of waxy substances like Cymene, could be a way of protecting fruits and vegetables in the future, during shipping and packaging. Rather than wasting plastic and using more expensive packages, the terpene’s wax-like characteristics and antimicrobial and antifungal qualities will keep foods safe instead. This is just one new use that scientists are looking at.
CANNABIS, TERPENES AND HEALING
When delivered in the way of cannabis, the beauty is that the benefits start immediately, typically within minutes. The pharmaceutical drugs prescribed for depression often take up to 5 weeks to begin showing any difference at all. Those with depression may not have that long before they self-harm.
This alone makes using cannabis more impactful and more useful than other forms of treatment. Medical marijuana and CBD oil, both cannabis products, have shown dramatic benefits for those with mental health and mood disorders. Again, more research is necessary but the reviews are amazing so far.