Like most aspects of cannabis, camphene’s medicinal properties are under-researched. Despite that, it does appear to be excellent for cardiovascular health. Unfortunately, there’s just so much we don’t know about this common cannabis terpene.
So how do you cook with cannabis? One of the first things I learned as a pastry chef is that someone actually has to eat what I make. That means it should taste good, look good, and smell good. There are plenty of recipes out there, so I’m going to focus on the theory of cooking with cannabis instead.
The first time I drove through Nevada I fell in love with the way the desert smells at night. I didn’t know it at the time, but that scent comes from sagebrush, the state flower. Sagebrush is high in borneol, which is part of the reason it smells so good. Borneol is another terpene commonly found in cannabis, but we don’t know much about it yet.
If that is true, it’s safe to say that geraniums feel quite affectionate toward their fellow creatures. The almost rose-like scent of geraniums is created by the abundant levels of geraniol, also known as lemonol.
Terpineol is found in many cannabis strains, but it’s also widely used for its lovely floral scent. While it occurs naturally, it can also be derived from pinene. It has a wide variety of therapeutic uses, and it plays an important role in our soothing Equanimity tincture.
Myrcene is one of the most common terpenes found in cannabis. It’s commonly believed that myrcene helps THC pass through the blood-brain barrier more efficiently, which results in a stronger, faster high.
Eucalyptol, also known as cineole, is commonly used as a flavoring agent in everything from foods to toothpaste to cough drops. Like many of the terpenes we’ve covered, it’s also an effective insecticide.
Pinene is the most common terpene found in the plant world, possibly because it’s a natural insect repellant. (Although it doesn’t repel all insects — olive flies use it as an aphrodisiac.) Unsurprisingly, it has a very piney aroma, making it easy to identify.
Linalool is a common terpene, found not only in cannabis but in many other plants, notably lavender. Even as far back as 1607, when Don Quixote was published, lavender was known to have calming properties. Four hundred years later we have the research to prove that and so much more.
Today we’re going to talk about limonene, a terpene found in many cannabis strains, including Afgoo. Limonene is also found in citrus fruit and plays a role in why those fruits smell so delicious. It’s frequently used in cleaning supplies, perfumes, and cosmetics.