EXPLORING THE CANNABIS TERPENE MENTHOL
Menthol is also an antioxidant and an anti-inflammatory. This enables it to help with pain associated with many chronic conditions, such as arthritis and it can also be a potent boost to the immune system. Menthol is a wax-like terpene that is commonly found in peppermint and spearmint plants. It’s also found in cannabis, as well as other plants.
CANNABINOIDS AND TERPENES
Cannabis plants are loaded with cannabinoids, many of which are known by non-cannabinoid users.
THC-9, for example, is most associated with getting ‘high’ because it has the psychoactive effect on the mind that so many associate with marijuana.
There are many more powerful cannabinoids, such as CBD, otherwise known as cannabidiol.
Terpenes and terpenoids represent another aspect of interest within cannabis.
Terpenes give plants their scent and their flavor. Menthol is one of the terpenes found in cannabis. Known for its minty smell and flavor, this terpene is found in many edible plants of the world.
WHICH CANNABIS STRAINS CONTAIN MENTHOL?
A FEW OF THE CANNABIS STRAINS WHICH HAVE PROVEN TO BE HIGH IN MENTHOL INCLUDE:
- GREEN MONSTER
- WONDER WOMAN OG
- HIMALAYAN GOLD
- CABBAGE PATCH
- SPACE NEEDLE
THESE ARE JUST A FEW THAT HAVE MENTHOL. THEY ARE NOT VERY HARD TO FIND AND MOST ANY DISTRIBUTOR IN THE NATION WILL HAVE ACCESS TO STRAINS WITH MENTHOL IN THEM FOR YOU.
MENTHOL IN THE BODY
Because Menthol reacts with the skin in a chemical way that creates a cooling sensation, it is often used to relieve sore throats during cold and cough season. It also has an ability to open the sinuses so many people use cough drops with menthol year round to cope with allergies as well.
Menthol has been used by the tobacco industry to add to menthol cigarettes, primarily for its ability to reduce coughing. For this reason, menthol is probably one of the most widely known terpenes. The difference between menthol in cigarettes and in cannabis is that cigarette menthol is often synthetic and is an additive. The menthol that occurs in cannabis is natural and never synthetic.
There is no proof at all that inhaling menthol that is natural could be bad for you. That said, those who don’t wish to use an inhaled version can also choose to use topical salves and creams instead of smoking or vaping cannabis with menthol. It is a great pain reliever, analgesic, and bronchial opener. Rubbing a menthol cannabis salve on the chest at night before bed will reduce congestion by opening airways and will also interact with the cannabinoid receptors to promote calming and a restful night of sleep.
Menthol is also an antioxidant and an anti-inflammatory. This enables it to help with pain associated with many chronic conditions, such as arthritis and it can also be a potent boost to the immune system. In fact, the combination of menthol with the anti-inflammatory properties in cannabis have proven to be very effective in helping ulcers to flare less and promote their healing.
In one study, therapies that included menthol were shown to have a dramatic improvement in treating animals with parasitic inflammation as well. Menthol is a natural deterrent to bugs, adding it to a natural repellent mixture will work very well. It will also combine to promote healing through the boost to the immune system that it gives and help with pain.