With over 200 different varieties of terpenes found within the cannabis plant, you probably hear a lot about the incredible benefits these aromatic molecules can provide. In this article, we are going to cover delta 3-carene. It’s a terpene that you may not have heard of before, but it is definitely worth knowing about. From bone disorders to inflammation, this less-prominent terpene may pack a powerful punch with its health benefits and aroma.
What is Delta 3-Carene?
Delta 3-carene is part of a class known as bicyclic monoterpenes. This fragrant terpene produces a unique flavor and can be found in many different plants such as basil, bell peppers, rosemary, fir needles, juniper berry, and cypress.
Delta 3-carene has an aroma that has been characterized as being earthy and sweet, with undertones of pine and wood. It is also known to have a lemony taste and strains heavy in delta 3-carene usually feature a “citrus” profile. People who enjoy strains with delta 3-carene often report an increase in focus along with a heightened feeling of peace.
While there is still a lot of research to be done on the medical benefits of terpenes like delta 3-carene, what we know so far looks promising.
Research and Benefits of Delta 3-Carene
Like many terpenes, some research into delta 3-carene has suggested that it may have powerful anti-inflammatory properties.
Studies have also shown that delta 3-carene may be able to promote a better night’s sleep. In fact, this terpene appears to utilize similar neurological pathways as some conventional sleep medications. In particular, delta 3-carene seems to trigger GABA receptors in the nervous system. Benzodiazepine-based drugs also use this pathway, giving them the same methods of action.
Here’s another interesting piece of data: Researchers have demonstrated that delta 3-carene appears to play a role in calcium metabolization. In other words, the terpene may play a role in bone growth. Researchers noted that after 15 days of 3-carene administration, patients showed increased induction of calcium.
It is worth noting that these studies are preliminary, and additional research is needed to know more about the effects of delta 3-carene.
While delta 3-carene has the potential to offer a variety of benefits, it can come with minor side effects. One study showed that delta 3-carene can remove fluid from the body, including sweat, mucus, tears, blood, and more. In fact, the cosmetic industry uses it in many topical products because of its ability to draw liquid out in a way that can treat and improve the skin. Strains with higher concentrations of delta 3-carene can sometimes cause dry eyes, dry throat, and the coughing that some people get when they smoke cannabis.
While delta 3-carene might be partially to blame for red eyes and cottonmouth, cannabis enthusiasts still enjoy its positive effects. Users report that it produces feelings of euphoria, a sense of calm, and an enhanced mood. And it can also be used as an effective insect repellent!
Strains Rich in Delta 3-Carene
While delta 3-carene isn’t the most prominent terpene, you can find a small amount in most strains of cannabis. If you’d like to try strains with higher concentrations of delta 3-carene, look for some of these at your next dispensary visit.
- Super Lemon Haze
- Super Silver Haze
- Jack Herer
- Skunk No. 1
- Arjan’s Ultra Haze
You can find strains and products featuring delta 3-carene at your nearest Green Goods. If you want to become a patient in Minnesota, you can learn more about qualifying conditions and the certification process. If you’re already a patient, you can book a consult with one of our pharmacists to discuss flower and whether it might be a good addition to your regimen.