Researchers Ask: Can Just the “Smell” of Cannabis Heal?

Researchers Ask: Can Just the “Smell” of Cannabis Heal?

Researchers are now examining the therapeutic effects of just the smell of cannabis terpenes. Terpenes are the deliciously aromatic essential oils found in all strains of cannabis, hemp included. But, with the synthetic terpene industry set for exponential growth, what are the ramifications for the medicinal nature of this plant? Despite what appears on the marketing materials for terpene producers, the medical evidence behind the smell of cannabis is in the very early stages of study. Thanks to decades of research, there is no question that terpenes hold some interesting therapeutic properties. These are also a key reason why people fall in love with cannabis in the first place. Each strain (or cultivar) produces a unique blend of scents, often described in their strain names like Sour Diesel, Gelato, and Wedding Cake. But, could the smell of cannabis contribute to the medicinal properties of medical cannabis, or is this just an idea spun out by companies seeking to turn a profit? Many organizations are banking on the medical potential of the smell of cannabis. Consumers want an aromatic profile, and therefore the industry responds. But, what scientific basis does this idea stand on? The Development of the Terpene Industry As the cannabis industry expands, it has introduced cannabis consumers to new strains, new flavor profiles, and new products. This has eventually led to a change in consumer tastes. Instead of high-THC, a new wave of customers wants tasty flavors, which has meant breeding and cultivation programs worldwide have had to…

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