The least known terpenes of cannabis

A quick overview of the fairly unknown terpenes found in the cannabis plant: guaiol & valencene

Everyone's talking about supposedly stronger, more important terpenes: beta-caryophyllene, myrcene, pinene, and limonene. Yet researchers have already discovered more than a hundred different terpenes present in cannabis. Despite the encouraging research into the abilities of the aforementioned terpenes, wisdom tells us not to overlook terpenes that are currently unknown or poorly understood. This is the case with two rising stars in the cannabis and terpenes industry: guaiol and valencene.

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Rising stars in the world of terpenes

In the same way, terpenes unknowns might not have the ostentatious appeal of the best known. But, given what we know of theentourage effectthey are no less important. Let's elucidate the nature of these two terpenes, which are quite unknown in the cannabis plant.

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The guaiol

When a novice cannabis user opens a jar and smells of pine, they are likely to liken the smell to pinene. It is the most famous fragrant terpene of pine. The guaiol terpenoid is loaded with similarities to pinene. It is characteristic of popular cultures such as Harlequin and the White Widow.

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Guaiacum officinale containing guaiol grows in the tropical Americas, especially in the Caribbean and Venezuela.

For clever cannabis lovers, guaiol is recognized for its antimicrobial and anti-inflammatory effects. A closer look at its medicinal properties reveals that guaiol plays a key role in the spread of the anticancer components of cannabis.

In fact, a recent study in Oncotarget describes how guaiol " significantly inhibits the cell growth of non-small cell lung cancer cells both in vitro and in vivo By promoting cell apoptosis and increasing chemosensitivity in patients.


The sweet, lemony smell of many cannabis strains is often attributed to limonene. One might be inclined to think that a freshly opened orange also gives off valencene. In either case, you are more likely to smell valencene. And, the agent Orange and the Tangie are two strains of cannabis containing this precious terpene.

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Eupatorium chanvrine (Eupatorium cannabinum) contains a high level of valencene

Its medicinal properties are more important than its smell and flavor. In 2016, a study published in April et another published in August both revealed that valencene had protective properties for the skin.

This terpene fights against certain types of cutaneous lesions and against the melanoma induced by UV. Valencene is a promising terpenoid in the world of terpenes.


These two terpenes are not yet well known, but they are important for human health. As the research progresses, don't be surprised to hear about them and other unknown terpenes ...

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