Medical marijuana genetics are more prolific and stronger than ever before. As cannabis becomes part of mainstream healthcare routines, more patients are discovering the efficacy of the plant. Cannabis has been used medicinally for centuries. Science has studied cannabis throughout the past few decades, but researchers are just beginning to understand the complexity and magnitude of the plant.
Each strain of medical marijuana has distinct characteristics and traits. This means that each strain has a unique genetic lineage, individual effects, odor, taste and THC and/or CBD content. Cannabis, though, contains so much more than “just” THC/CBD. Within each plant there are terpenes. Terpenes appear in abundance within nature, and it’s estimated that over 20,000 terpenes exist within our ecosystems. Every single plant, herb, flower, vegetable and fruit possess terpenes; and each terpene serves a very specific purpose. Terpenes contribute to the characteristic odor and flavor of any plant.
Over 100 unique terpenes have been discovered within the Cannabis plant. They are generally classified as primary and secondary terpenes, based on how frequent they occur in cannabis. The odor represents a distinction between cannabis varieties which indicates that different plants can offer different benefits.
Like most terpenes, camphene decreases inflammation, infections and pain and also has antioxidant properties. Campehen is found in the camphor plant, sage and valerian. These essential oils are concentrated aromatic compounds produced by aromatic plants
The U.S. National Library of Medicine (UNLM) reports that “Camphene can be found in a number of food items such as dill, caraway, hyssop, and fennel, which makes camphene a potential biomarker for the consumption of these food products.” Additionally, the UNLM states that camphene “is a minor constituent of many essential oils such as turpentine, cypress oil, camphor oil, citronella oil, neroli, ginger oil, and valerian.”
Camphene is used in the preparation of fragrances and as a food additive for flavouring. Camphene has been known to inhibit the growth of yeast and bacteria.
The International Scholarly Research Notices (ISRN) published an article which describes the history of plants throughout humanity. Their report states that “The use of medicinal plants throughout thousands of years by these populations allowed accumulation of empirical knowledge of their utility, which demands adequate evaluation of efficacy, safety, and action mechanisms .”
Furthermore, the ISRN acknowledges that the therapeutic properties of medicinal plants are generally related to their content of secondary metabolites, such as polyphenols, terpenes, phytosteroids, and alkaloyds, among others, which are produced in considerable amounts and variable proportions. The results presented here suggest that camphene may present pharmacological properties related to inflammation and pain-related processes.
Some cannabis strains which contain a percentage of camphene:
- Blue Dream
Through the powers of the endocannabinoid system and with the proper use of medical marijuana, patients can experience long-lasting and natural pain and symptom relief. Opioid patients may find that medical marijuana helps alleviate some of the side-effects from those medications. Some patients find they rely less on their opioids when they implement medical marijuana into their health routine.
Speak to a certifying medical marijuana physician to determine the recommended strain and method of consumption. Also, the Medical Marijuana Treatment Center staff are highly-trained and skilled and can answer any questions you may have about medical marijuana. Each patient’s needs are unique.