EXPLORING THE CANNABIS TERPENE GUAIOL
A LITTLE ABOUT THE TERPENE GUAIOL
This terpenoid is a naturally occurring alcohol in cannabis and is also found in cypress pine. Not much is known about this particular terpene yet. In 2007, it was found to be a a good antimicrobial agent in a research study, particularly against bacteria and fungi. In 2013, another research study was conducted that found Guaiol to be a good insecticide.
Undoubtedly, there is likely to be more advanced research performed that will prove other uses for this, and other, terpenes. Very little was known about the chemicals within marijuana until about fifteen years ago. Scientists have been fervently researching and discovering cannabinoids in marijuana – to date there are least 112 known and most have had some research studies done to find usefulness.
WHAT IS THE ENTOURAGE EFFECT?
The entourage effect refers to the way in which chemical compounds in marijuana work together to achieve results and benefits for certain ailments and conditions. Sometimes, they need each other to tackle things as a team. Other times, they can do great things individually. It’s a little like having an entire team of compounds working for you when you use medical marijuana.
WHAT ARE THE HEALTH BENEFITS OF GUAIOL?
We do know that historically Guaiol has been used as a remedy for coughs, for constipation, and even for arthritis. As a result, we can assume Guaiol may be beneficial in the treatments of:
GUAIOL MAY BE A POTENT ANTI-FUNGAL
LIKE THE TERPENE CAMPHENE, IT MAY ALSO BE A POTENT ANTIBACTERIAL
THE TRADITIONAL USE OF GUAIOL IN ARTHRITIS MAY POINT TO ANTI-INFLAMMATORY PROPERTIES
WHICH CANNABIS STRAINS CONTAIN GUAIOL?
If you’d like to try the effects of this terpenoid for yourself, you can try strains of cannabis that have tested high for it. These include, but are not limited to:
- LIBERTY HAZE
- BLUE KUSH
- BARBARA BUD
- WHITE WIDOW
- JEAN GUY
Research is often performed by universities and private organizations and is typically pushed as the public demands it or catches the ear of the scientific community. As these strains do well and people review their benefits, science will undoubtedly pay attention and begin further research into this particular terpenoid.