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Terpene Profile: Ocimene

Ocimene is a terpene found in a variety of aromatic plants and is notable for its sweet and herbaceous bouquet. This lesser-known terpene offers a distinct profile in both scent and function. In this article, we’ll look at the ocimene terpene effects, its presence in cannabis strains, and the characteristics that pique the curiosity of both connoisseurs and casual users.

Learn more about cannabis terpenes.

Flowering lavender flowers.
The alluring scent of lavender flowers comes, in part, from ocimene.

What is Ocimene?

Ocimene is a terpene characterized by a multifaceted scent profile that is pivotal in defining the essence of many aromatic plants. Recognizable by its sweet, herbaceous, and somewhat woody fragrance, ocimene can be identified in an array of natural sources.

Ocimene is found in nature in plants, flowers, and fruits, such as mint, mangoes, and orchids’ verdant blooms. Within the cannabis plant, ocimene contributes to the complexity of the aroma, often indicating a strain’s invigorating and uplifting nature.

The Scent Profile of Ocimene

Ocimene’s aroma is a harmonious blend of sweet floral notes with an earthy undertone, often compared to tropical fruit and woodsy forest floors. This terpene’s presence is a testament to a strain’s fresh and vibrant aroma profile, standing out distinctly in the sensory experience of cannabis consumption. Beyond its olfactory appeal, ocimene is also credited with influencing the subtle flavors that dance on the palate upon consumption.

Ocimene’s Role in Cannabis

Variability is the spice of life and ocimene’s occurrence in cannabis is no exception. Strains such as OG Kush and Strawberry Cough are often highlighted for their notable ocimene content, which can be credited for their energetic and mood-lifting reputation. When choosing a cannabis product, the ocimene level can often steer users toward an experience marked by a lively and refreshing zing.

 

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Hawaiian Crown is rich in ocimene.

Ocimene: Terpene Effects

Beyond its aromatic allure, ocimene is linked to a spectrum of therapeutic effects. While the research is in its infancy, preliminary studies and user reports suggest that ocimene may support respiratory health, provide mental clarity, and foster an overall sense of well-being. The study of this terpene is a promising field for future exploration.

Ocimene may have therapeutic benefits like:

  • Stimulating
  • Decongestant/expectorant
  • Anti-inlammation
  • Antioxidant
  • Antifungal
  • anticonvulsant
  • anti-tumor

Identifying Ocimene in Cannabis Products

Discerning ocimene’s presence requires a keen sense of smell and attention to lab-tested product labels. Aromatic cues combined with terpene profiles offer a roadmap to ocimene’s abode within a product. As consumers increasingly demand transparency, brands are responding with detailed labeling that highlights terpene content, allowing for more educated choices.

Ocimene-rich Cannabis Strains

Several cannabis strains stand out for those seeking to experience ocimene. While the subsequent list is not exhaustive, it serves as a prelude to some of the most ocimene-prominent strains available on the market. Enthusiasts should explore these strains for a firsthand encounter with ocimene’s refreshing effects.

 

Blueberry, a strain high in ocimene, flower on a white background.
Blueberry’s cerebral stimulating effects and fruity flavors are thanks in part to ocimene.

Blueberry

As effective as it is delicious, Blueberry (Afghani x Thai x Purple Thai) delivers a hybrid-style blend of relaxation, pain relief, and mood elevation. Robust notes of sweet blueberry make it a perfect choice for a soothing and flavorful experience.

Reported Effects

Stress Relief, Pain Relief, Mood Elevation, Cerebral Stimulation

Flavor

Berry, Sweet, Fruity

Lineage

Afghani x Thai x Purple Thai

Top Terpenes

Beta-Myrcene, Ocimene, Limonene, Beta-Caryophyllene, Linalool

Shop Blueberry 

Hawaiian Crown flower on a white background.

Hawaiian Crown

Hawaiian Crown has a fruit-forward aroma with an earthy diesel and citrus flavor. It’s a harmonious blend of aromas and flavors inherited from its lineage. Hawaiian Crown is a balanced hybrid (50 Indica/ 50 Sativa), beautifully dusted with amber trichomes.

Reported Effects

Mood elevation, stress relief, euphoria, pain relief, anti-nausea

Flavors

Sugary Berries, Nutty, Fruity Cereal

Lineage

West Coast Diesel x Apples & Bananas

Top Terpenes

Beta-Myrcene, Ocimene, Alpha-Pinene, Limonene, Beta-Caryophyllene

Shop Hawaiian Crown

 

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Peach Lemonade

Peach Lemonade is a balanced hybrid cultivated by the team at Lovin’ in Her Eyes, derived from a cross of MAC x Peach Crescendo. She boasts an earthy and fresh lemon aroma due to the dominant terpenes of Terpinolene, paired with Ocimene, Limonene, Beta-Myrcene, and Beta-Caryophyllene. Peach Lemonade is a good choice to elevate mood, increase focus, and relieve pain and stress.

Reported Effects

Mood elevation, focus, pain relief, stress relief, anti-inflammatory

Flavors

Earthy, lemon

Lineage

MAC x Peach Crescendo

Top Terpenes

Terpinolene, Ocimene, Limonene, Beta-Myrcene, Beta-Caryophyllene

Shop Peach Lemonade

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This sativa has energizing effects and a sweet, fruity aroma.

Manzano

Manzano is the result of crossing (aka “Selfing”) Apples & Bananas x Apples & Bananas, enhancing all the best aspects of the popular strain collab from Cookies and Compound Genetics. Like the parent, it’s a Sativa-dominant hybrid (30 Indica/ 70 Sativa) with the aroma of fresh fruit and a flavor to match.

Reported Effects

Pain Relief, Body Buzz, Energetic

Flavors

Crisp Apple, Citrus (lemon), Floral

Lineage

Apples & Bananas x Apples & Bananas

Top Terpenes

Beta-Myrcene, Ocimene, Alpha-Pinene, Beta-Caryophyllene, Linalool

Shop Manzano

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Crockett’s Dawg

Crockett’s Dawg is a balanced hybrid from the breeders at Crockett Family Farms. A cross of Guava Dawg x Family Secret, this luscious cultivar features the refreshing flavors of guava, citrus, and other tropical fruits. You can expect a nice euphoria and relief from pain and stress.

Reported Effects

Euphoria, Pain Relief, Stress Relief

Flavors

Tropical, Citrus, Guava

Lineage

Guava Dawg x Family Secret

Top Terpenes

Beta-Myrcene, Alpha-Pinene, Ocimene, Beta-Caryophyllene, Linalool

Shop Crockett’s Dawg

The Entourage Effect and Ocimene

The entourage effect is plays a potential synergistic role in cannabis. Ocimene, when accompanied by cannabinoids and other terpenes, may enhance the overall therapeutic impact of cannabis. This synergy could amplify the benefits of the plant, making ocimene a significant contributor to the nuanced ensemble of cannabis compounds.

Consumer Considerations for Ocimene

When venturing into the ocimene-rich territory, personal preferences for aroma and desired effects play an important role. You should consider allergies or sensitivities to specific terpenes, as ocimene, despite its charm, may not be suitable for everyone. Consumers should approach all terpenes with the caution and curiosity reserved for exploring any cannabis experience.

Final Thoughts

Ocimene is a terpene with the potential to enhance user experience with its floral scent and to heal with its effects. Its exploration within the cannabis industry reflects a broader movement towards understanding the integral role terpenes play in shaping our interaction with the plant. This terpene will undoubtedly remain of interest for cannabis enthusiasts thanks to its delightful presence and its promising effects.

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Everything You Need to Know About Ocimene Flavor, Fragrance, and Benefits

General Cannabis FAQ

Cannabis, often referred to as marijuana, is a plant that has been used for thousands of years for various purposes, including medicine, textiles, and recreation. The plant contains compounds known as cannabinoids, with delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) and cannabidiol (CBD) being the most well-known. THC is primarily responsible for the plant’s psychoactive effects, while CBD is recognized for its potential therapeutic benefits without causing a “high.”

Many countries and U.S. states have decriminalized or legalized the use of marijuana for medical use, recreational, or both. The legal status changes frequently as legislation evolves.

In the U.S., states vote to regulate marijuana use on an individual basis. While it remains illegal at the federal level, numerous states have legalized it for medicinal and/or recreational use.

The following states have legalized medical, recreational, or both:

  • Alaska – Medical
  • Arizona – Legal
  • Arkansas – Medical
  • California – Legal
  • Colorado – Legal
  • Connecticut – Legal
  • Delaware – Legal
  • District of Columbia – Legal
  • Florida – Medical
  • Hawaii – Medical (Possession decriminalized for small amounts)
  • Illinois – Legal
  • Louisiana – Medical (Possession decriminalized for small amounts)
  • Maine – Legal
  • Maryland – Legal
  • Massachusetts – Legal
  • Michigan – Legal
  • Minnesota – Legal
  • Mississippi – Medical (Possession decriminalized for small amounts)
  • Missouri – Legal
  • Montana – Legal
  • Nevada – Legal
  • New Hampshire – Medical (Possession decriminalized for small amounts)
  • New Jersey – Legal
  • New Mexico – Legal
  • New York – Legal
  • North Dakota – Medical (Possession decriminalized for small amounts)
  • Ohio – Medical (Possession decriminalized)
  • Oklahoma – Medical
  • Oregon – Legal
  • Pennsylvania – Medical
  • Rhode Island – Legal
  • South Dakota – Medical
  • Utah – Medical
  • Vermont – Legal
  • Virginia – Legal
  • Washington – Legal
  • West Virginia – Medical

 

Outside of the U.S., countries like The Netherlands, Canada, and, more recently, Thailand have legalized cannabis on a national level.

Always check local laws and regulations in your specific location.

In states where marijuana has been legalized, you can purchase products at licensed dispensaries. Revolution products are available at Enlightened, Revolution, and partner dispensaries in Illinois, Arkansas, Missouri, and Maryland. Find a dispensary near you.

Keep in mind that dispensaries may cater to medical patients, recreational consumers, or both, depending on local laws.

Always ensure that you are buying from a reputable and licensed establishment to guarantee product quality and safety.

The effects of cannabis vary widely depending on the strain, dosage, method of consumption, an individual’s endocannabinoid system, and more.

Some commonly reported effects include:

Psychoactive Effects: Euphoria, mood elevation, cerebral stimulation, stress relief, calming effects, and relaxation.

Physical Effects: Pain relief, body buzz, anti-inflammation, anti-nausea, energy boost or sedation, and appetite stimulation

*Medical Benefits: Cannabis is believed to have a range of therapeutic effects and alleviation of symptoms related to conditions like epilepsy, PTSD, and more.

*Marijuana is not approved by the FDA to treat, cure, or prevent any disease.

The primary difference lies in their intended use:

Medical Cannabis: Used as a treatment and alleviation of symptoms for specific health conditions. Medical strains might be cultivated and processed to have higher CBD content or other therapeutic compounds. Medical cannabis requires a physician who usually prescribes or recommends it as a treatment option.

Recreational Cannabis: Used without a medical justification but for personal enjoyment and fulfillment.

The process varies from state to state but typically involves the following steps:

Doctor’s Recommendation: Schedule an appointment with a physician who is authorized to recommend medical marijuana. Discuss your health conditions and reasons for seeking cannabis as a treatment.

Application: Once you have a doctor’s recommendation, you’ll usually need to apply for a medical marijuana card through a designated state or country agency.

Proof & Identification: Provide necessary identification and proof of residency as required by your jurisdiction.

Fee Payment: Most jurisdictions require a fee for the application and issuance of a medical marijuana card.

Card Issuance: Once approved, you will receive your medical marijuana card, allowing you to purchase cannabis at designated medical dispensaries.

If you’d like more detailed information, please read our state-specific medical card guide here.