Terpene Spotlight: Ocimene

Terpene Spotlight: Ocimene

What is Ocimene?

Ocimene is another terpene found in many strains of cannabis. While more research needs to be done before we can truly understand this terpene, it has some interesting characteristics. It might help differentiate indicas from sativas.

Many of the cannabis strains with the uplifting effects we attribute to sativas have myrcene as the dominant terpene. While that usually means that strain is an indica, researchers found that if ocimene or terpinolene is the second most abundant terpene, the strain will behave like a Sativa. 

Is there one particular strain that always makes you cough? You might want to check the lab report for elevated levels of ocimene. When smoked or vaped, it can help clear out any congestion you have in your airway.

Terpene Tuesday from Medicine Box - Ocimene

Therapeutic Uses of Ocimene

Cannabis Strains High in Ocimene

Every strain is either a sativa or a hybrid. We’d be very interested if you know of any indicas that contain high levels of this terpene.

  • Arjan’s Ultra Haze #1
  • Avalanche
  • Chernobyl
  • Durban Poison
  • Gold Country Afgoo
  • Golden Goat
  • Himalayan Gold
  • Lemon Sour Diesel
  • OG Kush
  • Space Queen
  • Strawberry Cough

Other Sources of Ocimene

  • Basil
  • Kumquats
  • Mango
  • Mint
  • Orchids
  • Oregano
  • Parsley
  • Pepper
  • Tarragon

Ocimene as a Functional Ingredient

This particular terpene wasn't a big part of our previous product line, partially because the best way to get its benefits is by smoking or vaping. Like many other cannabis terpenes, it’s also a great insecticide. It has a green, woody flavor with floral and vegetal notes. It makes huge contributions to the scent of orchids.

How to Eat More Ocimene

Ocimene is found in tarragon, an herb so delicious that James Beard once said, 

“I believe that if ever I had to practice cannibalism, I might manage if there were enough tarragon around.”

Fortunately, there is no need to resort to cannibalism — try these recipes instead.

Blackberry tarragon popsicles
Image source: Bon Appetit
Green Goddess Whipped Feta Dip
Image source: Bon Appetit
Crushed Potatoes with Oyster Bar Butter
Image source: Bon Appetite
Peach Tarragon Shortcake
Image source: Bon Appetite
Brad's Prevention Tonic
Image source: Bon Appetit

All the recipes above are from Bonapettitand The James Beard Foundation.

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