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February 25, 2021

Farnesene Terpene. What Does It Do and Where Is It Found?

Terpenes are compounds found in marijuana and other plants that are responsible for various flavors and aromas as well as effects.

They work in combination with other compounds which are found exclusively in cannabis, i.e. cannabinoids like THC, CBD, and so on. They compliment, strengthen, and adjust one another’s impact - something usually referred to as the entourage effect. As of now, over 100 cannabinoids and 140 terpenes have been identified.

What is Farnesene Terpene?

Unlike Myrcene, Pinene, Limonene, and others, Farnesene is relatively rare terpene to be found in substantial quantities in the cannabis plant but it is found in numerous other plants, most commonly in apples, oranges, and tumeric. The predominant smell of the terpene is that of green apple slices. 

Farnesene Terpene Smell

The terpene offers a number of notes, including sweet, woody, berry, fruity, and reminiscent of apples. In fact, that is what the smell reminds of - green apple. Whenever you feel these tones when smoking your fine cannabis, that would be Farnesene.

What is Farnesene Used for? Effects and Benefits

One of the important benefits of Farnesene is meant for the plant itself - the terpene acts as a natural pest repellent. 

As with many things cannabis (and not), some terpene benefits are potential, some have been documented and proven and some have only been reported but are not backed up by hard data. 

Farnesene may have anti-inflammatory, anti-fungal and anti-bacterial effects. The terpene also shows potential in suppressing cancer cell spread and growth. Farnesene has also been reported to help with muscle spasms, joint aches, and the like. There are even studies showing it can help fight tooth decay.

One of the main reported effects of Farnesene is sedation, bringing calm and relaxation to the body and mind, which explains the fact that it is commonly found in indica/indica-dominant strains.

Please consult your physician or medical marijuana doctor regarding your individual needs and medical condition. 

Where is Farnesene Found? Strains Rich in Farnesene

The main sources of Farnesene include apples, oranges, and turmeric. It is often found in fruit skins such as mandarin and lime peel. Farnesene is also present in grapefruit juice, grapes, pears, potatoes, quince, basil, ginger, nutmeg, myrrh, hops, cedar wood, and more.

Not many strains can boast being rich in Farnesene, and even then the amount is small compared to other common terpenes. Strains high in Farnesene include:

Dutch Treat Haze. A great sativa-dominant hybrid with a unique terpene profile that is also rich in Humulene.

Cherry Punch. An even hybrid cross of Cherry AK-47 X Purple Punch.

White Rhino. An indica-dominant hybrid known to help with anxiety and insomnia.

We hope you found this information on the Farnesene terpene useful. Stay tuned for more on cannabinoids, terpenes, product and strain reviews. 

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