Eucalyptol : Know Your Terpenes
A terpene that produces a minty odor that sometimes has a slightly sweet edge to it.
Do you remember the smell of certain medicines as a child, when you were sick? When your mom or dad would rub a strong, minty-scented balm on your chest to open up your airways? That scent like came from eucalyptol, a terpene that produces a minty odor that sometimes has a slightly sweet edge to it. Yes, it’s found in cannabis but it’s also found in ginger, Spanish sage, bay laurel, pepperwood, and of course, eucalyptus. Eucalyptol has been used in various medicinal remedies but also cosmetics, used in mouthwash and it can even be used for cooking.
Not only is eucalyptol found in various medicines for its ability to help reduce inflammation in the sinuses and digestive system, it’s also known to fight against pathogenic species of bacteria. You’ll find that a great deal of medicines contain eucalyptus because of these characteristics, as well as other potential medicinal effects such as fighting leukemia, colon cancer, Alzheimer’s, and an assortment of other ailments.
Two of the more popular strains containing a decent amount of eucalyptol are Dutch Treat and Super Silver Haze.
Its boiling point is 348 degrees Fahrenheit, so ensure any edibles you make with this terpene are never heated above this temperature.
Remember, terpenes affect each of us differently depending on our body chemistry and what compounds are present that they can interact synergistically with.