Terpenes are chemicals that are primarily known for giving foods their unique aromas. They also give marijuana its unique aromas. But a new study has found that terpenes in marijuana also provide pain relief.
Recently, members from the University of Arizona College of Medicine researched mice to find out if terpenes can treat pain.
“So we definitely showed that the terpenes (that) were injected into the mice have a cannabinoid-like effect and do relieve pain,” UofA biomedical scientist John Streicher told KJZZ.
The researchers found the calming effect of terpenes was enhanced in mice when paired with cannabinoids.
They noted, “This study is thus the first to show that terpenes and cannabinoids can produce an additive effect when combined,” which is also known as the “entourage effect.”
Streicher recently won a $1.6 million grant from the National Institutes of Health to research terpenes and chronic pain.
Terpene compounds have also been tested for their therapeutic properties in a number of studies, identifying anti-inflammatory, anti-nociceptive, anti-microbial, and similar beneficial properties.