Pulegone : Know Your Terpenes
Are you familiar with the rumor that the scent of rosemary helps improve one’s memory?
Are you familiar with the rumor that the scent of rosemary helps improve one’s memory? This is due in part because of the terpene pulegone, which rosemary has high concentrations of.
Pulegone has been linked to assisting the break-down of acetylcholine in the brain, which then facilitates communication between nerve cells and ultimately keeps memories stored better – meaning it can counteract the short-term memory loss THC is known to induce. Because of this, stress is reduced, adding to the relaxation felt throughout the body and mind that cannabis is known for. Pulegone is also known to help sedate and diminish fever along with loosening up mucus in air passageways and sinuses.
This terpene has a sweet rosemary and peppermint-like aroma, and to no surprise, is also found in peppermint, pennyroyal, and creeping Charlie. It’s a popular terpene used in perfumes and essential oils – especially candles, as its scent tends to linger and is quite powerful. You’ll find it in hard candies to accentuate both taste and aroma.
Besides its therapeutic effects, its odor is disliked by bugs, making it a strong insecticide.
Though pulegone is found in very low concentrations within the realm of cannabis, most strains containing a hint of rosemary or peppermint will have traces of this terpene.
Pulegone has a much higher boiling point than most, being 435 degrees Fahrenheit, so vaporizing it by accident won’t come as easy.
Remember, terpenes affect each of us differently depending on our body chemistry and what compounds are present that they can act synergistically with, so keep this in mind when searching for alternative therapies