Eucalyptol: Everything You Need To Know About This Amazing Cannabis Terpene

What is the eucalyptol terpene?

Eucalyptol, also known as cineole, is a terpene found in cannabis plants. However, as the name suggests, it is most often found in eucalyptus trees. It was discovered by chemist Stanislas Cloez in 1870 but has long been used in herbal medicine as a cough suppressant, mood enhancer, and antibacterial agent.

While not as common in cannabis as other terpenes like limonenemyrcene, or humulene, eucalyptol is believed to have a significant impact on respiratory function. It is known for its capacity to dilate the airways, eliminate bacteria and fungi, and stimulate the production of mucus.

Within medical cannabis, the eucalyptol terpene helps boost the therapeutic effects of CBD and THC by contributing to the entourage effect which results in a number of benefits such as elevated mood, reduced pain, mental clarity, and protection against bacterial infections.

Does eucalyptol have a distinct smell?

Eucalyptol is an aromatic compound that has a refreshing, slightly woody scent. If your cannabis strain has a vibrant fresh scent with a distinctive “cooling” minty aroma, it may indicate higher levels of the eucalyptol terpene.

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What conditions can eucalyptol-abundant strains support?

Many of the health benefits of this terpene stem from its anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties.

In fact, several placebo-controlled clinical trials have shown its potential to help with various respiratory disorders. A study revealed that eucalyptol can help improve lung function and reduce mucus, suggesting anti-inflammatory activity while being potentially beneficial for patients with severe asthma.

Another study found that the eucalyptol terpene can help reduce inflammation markers caused by amyloid-beta peptides, which are a key factor in the development of Alzheimer’s disease.

In addition to this, other studies have revealed that it could be beneficial in supporting those living with chronic diseases such as cardiovascular diseases, chronic respiratory diseases, and neurological diseases.

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What’s the difference between menthol and eucalyptol?

Many people mistake eucalyptol for menthol due to their similar smell. However, despite both being terpenes, there are significant differences between the two.

Eucalyptol is primarily obtained from the eucalyptus tree, camphor laurel, bay leaves, sagebrush, and certain strains of cannabis. Meanwhile, menthol is extracted from oils of mint plants such as corn mint, peppermint, and spearmint.

While both terpenes have a cooling effect and refreshing scent, they have distinct chemical compositions, aromas, and potential health benefits.

The eucalyptol terpene known for its antiseptic, anti-inflammatory, and antioxidant properties. These properties make eucalyptol an effective remedy for respiratory congestion, common sinus infections, and colds.

In contrast, menthol is well-known for its minty scent and soothing effects. Often found in cough drops and inhalers, menthol is beneficial in relieving bronchial asthma and sore throat pain and is used to provide pain relief for sore muscles or tension headaches.

Where else is this terpene found?

This terpene can be found in cannabis, rosemary, bay leaves, sage, sweet basil, and the camphor tree. It can be extracted from plant matter in the form of a clear oily liquid and used in various ways. It is used as a fragrance in various products, including cosmetics, personal care items, and even household cleaners. When used in aromatherapy, eucalyptol has a cooling effect on the body, helps to relax the mind, stimulates the senses, and can alleviate respiratory issues like head colds and nasal congestion and can therefore be found in topical products such as balms, lotions, and rubs.

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Are eucalyptol-abundant strains beneficial for me?

Terpenes can enhance cannabinoid absorption and provide unique therapeutic benefits.

The terpenes found in each medical cannabis strain influence the effects it produces, making it important to consider when selecting the perfect cannabis strain for your condition.

At Mamedica, we provide personalised virtual consultations with our specialist doctors to develop a treatment plan tailored to your specific needs.

During the initial assessment, our specialists will take the time to understand your pain and health concerns. This ensures your medical cannabis treatment is stress-free, simple, safe, and effective. You can check your eligibility for treatment by clicking here.

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