Study: Marijuana Terpenes Have Anti-inflammatory Potential

Terpenes derived from marijuana may have strong anti-inflammatory and antioxidant effects, according to a new study.

The study, titled “Anti-inflammatory Potential of Terpenes Present in Cannabis sativa L.”, was published in the journal ACS Chemical Neuroscience. It was published ahead of print by the U.S. National Institute of Health.

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“Cannabis sativa L. (C. sativa) contains an array of plant-derived (phyto) cannabinoids and terpenes that are predominantly located in the trichome cavity of the plant”, states the study. “Terpenes, aromatic organic hydrocarbons characterized for their role in plant protection/pollination, are gaining attention for their potential as novel therapeutics in many areas of biomedicine.”

The study explored “the exciting recent evidence that terpenes have anti-inflammatory/antioxidant propensity by targeting inflammatory signaling mechanisms relevant to human disease.”

This, of course, isn’t the first study to find that terpenes may have positive effects.

A 2018 study published in the European Journal of Medicinal Chemistry found that cannabis terpenes have attributes that are “anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, analgesic, anticonvulsive, antidepressant, anxiolytic, anticancer, antitumor, neuroprotective, anti-mutagenic, anti-allergic, antibiotic and anti-diabetic”.

The full and short abstract of the new study can be found below:

Researchers state that “Given their anti-inflammatory properties, terpenes may contribute to the effects of current cannabinoid-based therapies.”
Cannabis sativa L. (C. sativa) contains an array of plant-derived (phyto) cannabinoids and terpenes that are predominantly located in the trichome cavity of the plant. Terpenes, aromatic organic hydrocarbons characterized for their role in plant protection/pollination, are gaining attention for their potential as novel therapeutics in many areas of biomedicine. This Viewpoint will explore the exciting recent evidence that terpenes have anti-inflammatory/antioxidant propensity by targeting inflammatory signaling mechanisms relevant to human disease. Given their anti-inflammatory properties, terpenes may contribute to the effects of current cannabinoid-based therapies.

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