Ocimene is a unique terpene and is found in many plants, herbs and spices. Its most common sources are mint, orchid, parsley, tarragon and mango. This terpene has an earthy, citrusy and sweet aroma that’s very distinct in scent. This terpene contributes to the “sweet” flavor that is found in various cannabis strains. Ocimene is known for its many potential medical properties and its uplifting effects.
Ocimene is a natural pesticide compound and is used in some insecticides. Insects are not fond of the scent that Ocimene omits and will avoid plants that has high level of it. Ocimene is also used in many household products such as soaps, deodorants, shampoos, cleaners and more. Some cannabis users report coughing more when they use strains high in Ocimene. This leads researchers to believe that this terpene could have positive effects on clearing the mucus when a person is sick with the common cold.
Potential Medical Benefits
● Ocimene has potential anti-inflammatory properties and could help reduce inflammation and pain.(1) Along with antioxidant and antifungal properties.
● In a 2015 study, researchers found that Ocimene, in conjunction with other compounds, showed positive results in treating fungal skin conditions such as dermatophytosis, also known as ringworm.(2)
● Ocimene has been found to have promising anti-viral properties and has been shown to be able to help treat SARS.(3)
Strains high in Ocimene
● Sour Diesel
● Strawberry Cough
● Golden Goat
● Dutch Treat