Each terpene has a unique chemical structure and produces unique effects, so some terpenes are better for relaxing than others.
Some terpenes are great for calming the body and mind, reducing stress, promoting relaxation, and encouraging restful sleep, while others are more stimulating.
Sometimes combining multiple terpenes is more effective than using isolated terpenes alone, resulting in greater relaxation.
Both cannabis terpenes and other botanically derived terpenes can have these relaxing properties, there isn't much of a difference in the properties of cannabis-derived terpenes compared to botanically derived terpenes. Terpenes from other plants are just as useful.
The Best Terpenes for Relaxation
Terpenes are still being studied for their potential beneficial properties.
While the physiological effects of different terpenes vary, most are either sedating or stimulating. If you are looking for a terpene to help you relax, these are the best choices.
Caryophyllene is the only terpene out of hundreds that binds directly to cannabinoid receptors throughout the body. This terpene is believed to reduce inflammation, pain, and anxiety.
This terpene may be best for those who have trouble quieting their mind and struggle with anxiety.
Caryophyllene has a hot & spicy peppery aroma and is common not only in cannabis strains but also in black pepper, cloves, and cinnamon.
Nerolidol is a calming and milder terpene. It is also believed to possess anti-inflammatory and analgesic properties. If aching joints and muscles are an issue for you, this terpene can come in handy.
Nerolidol has a woody, earthy aroma almost similar to tree bark. This terpene is common in lemongrass, tea tree, ginger, lavender, and jasmine.
Myrcene is the most abundant terpene present in cannabis. Many believe it's effective in treating sore muscles and providing general sedation, making it easier to feel relaxed. This terpene is great for people who are stressed and agitated as it can help you relax and unwind.
Myrcene has a fruity, herbaceous smell and is found in mango, thyme, cardamom, and hops. Myrcene is not only abundant in cannabis, but also in your favorite beverages.
Linalool is present in many lavender products like essential oils and even lavender filled pillows. These products usually claim to promote restful sleep.
Linalool helps reduce anxiety and stress and improve mood. If your overall mental health has been in a slump, linalool might be worth a try.
Linalool has a floral scent and is common in lavender, basil, sage, and mint. It is also common in hemp.
Pinene exists in two variants, alpha and beta pinene. These two have different effects on the body and mind. If it is relaxation you are looking for, choose Alpha Pinene. This terpene is commonly sought after to relieve physical and mental tension.
Pinene has a fresh and woody scent reminiscent of a pine forest. It is commonly found in rosemary, parsley, and orange peel.
Terpinolene is found in many cannabis strains but is much less abundant compared to Myrcene. This terpene is known to produce a sleepy effect and might be just the terpene for you if restlessness is an issue.
Terpinolene has a fresh, pleasant aroma that resembles a combination of lilac, pine, and citrus. In addition to hemp, it is contained in lilac, nutmeg, apple, and cumin.