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What is the terpene Ocimene?

What is the terpene Ocimene?
June 02, 2024
1 min read

Ocimene is a name for a group of related terpenes which occur in cannabis and many other plants. Ocimene provides a woody aroma and is often found in high concentrations alongside myrcene. In this article, we aim to cover everything you need to know about the common terpene ocimene.

What is the terpene Ocimene?

What are terpenes?

Terpenes are aroma compounds commonly found in nature, which provide many plants with their characteristic smell. Terpenes are partially responsible for the aroma of cannabis and are believed to influence its effects on the mind and body. If you would like to learn more about terpenes in general, have a read of our article What are cannabis terpenes?

Ocimene and its properties

What does ocimene feel like?

The subjective effects of ocimene on the entourage effect of cannabis is so far unknown, but patients suggest that high amounts of this terpene may produce effects better suited for daytime.

What does ocimene smell like?

In its pure form, ocimene has a citrusy, woody aroma that may also be described as sweet and herbal.

What temperature does ocimene vaporise at?

The boiling point of ocimene is relatively low at 100°C, but may begin to vaporise from around 66°C.

Where is ocimene found in nature?

Ocimene is one of the most common monoterpenes, often occurring alongside the similar terpene myrcene.

Ocimene is found in:

  • Basil
  • Mango
  • Tarragon
  • Mint
  • Parsley
  • Black pepper
  • Cannabis

What strains have the most ocimene?

Ocimene is an uncommon terpene typically associated with myrcene and the “Tropical and Floral” class of cannabis, including classic indica strains such as Super Skunk, Hawaiian, In the Pines, and Dream Queen.

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What type of terpene is ocimene?

Terpenes are classed according to the number of carbon atoms in their structure. Ocimene is a monoterpene, meaning it contains two isoprene units. Monoterpenes like ocimene are more volatile than other terpenes, vaporise at lower temperatures, and are found in higher concentrations in fresh cannabis than in aged samples.

If you would like more information on the terpene profile of your prescription, you may be able to find the Certificate of Analysis (CoA) on Catalyst or Canna Reviews. If you have any questions about the health effects of ocimene, be sure to ask your doctor.

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Disclaimer

Please note that this blog was not written by a licensed medical practitioner and therefore is not providing medical advice. We do not endorse the use of cannabis or any other illicit drugs. Like any medication, cannabis has potential negative side effects and should only be used under the guidance of a qualified medical professional. For the latest information on cannabis prescription and use, please visit the TGA website. If you are considering cannabis as a treatment option, we encourage you to consult with a licensed healthcare professional.

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