Eucalyptol, also known as Cineol, is the terpene responsible for the pleasurable and cooling scents found within eucalyptus, mint, rosemary, tea tree, mugwort, bay leaves, sweet basil, sage, and some strains of cannabis. When smoked, one can experience a sweet, refreshing cooling taste.
Terpenes are aromatic molecules produced from the resin of plants. Along with flavonoids, terpenes are the scents/smells that we associate with plants. Different cultivars of Cannabis have their own combinations of terpenes which causes each strain to have their own unique scent. Conversely, cannabinoids do not produce scents.
Have you ever heard of a terpene doing the job of a cannabinoid?
Beta-Caryophyllene has the ability to play the role of a cannabinoid through being capable of activating CB2 receptor sites within the endocannabinoid system. Activating the CB2 receptors reduces inflammation, which lessens pain and reduces damaging consequences caused by chronic inflammation.
Have you ever experienced “couch-lock” from using cannabis? That was most likely contributed by the effects of myrcene, our next terpene in the series!