That cool refreshing feeling you experience when you smell tea tree oil, inhale the vapors from a hot cup of mint tea, or use decongestant products, that cooling yet warm sensation comes from a special terpene called Eucalyptol. Terpenes are the natural fragrance a plant produces that creates its specific smell and taste. This particular terpene has been used for thousands of years around the world for aromatherapy and in plant based medicine.. It’s known to help ease sinus infections and pain. Eucalyptol, also can be referred to as cineol. It’s scent and taste is typically described as mint-like with spicy and/or cooling effects to the senses. It’s a terpene found in many other plants in nature including:
- Bay Leaves
- Tea Tree
- Eucalyptus trees
“Eucalyptol is utilized as an ingredient in many products you associate with minty-freshness, including mouthwash, toothpaste, and cough suppressants. It is also prominent in the wellness industry for its use in aromatherapy, massage lotions, and oil,” according to a report by Lab Effects “Eucalyptol comprises over 80% of the total essential oils from eucalyptus trees, and it’s also found in tea tree, mugwort, bay leaves, sweet basil, rosemary, sage, and cannabis.”
Eucalyptol is actually more present in nature than most other terpenes. It’s considered one of the more important and beneficial minor terpenes in cannabis, however it is not common to have high levels available in cannabis. There are strains and products that do contain high enough levels of Eucalyptol, these strains include:
- Super Silver Haze
- Girl Scout Cookies
- Bubba Kush
- GMO Cookies
- Ace of Spades
- London Pound Cake
- Dutch Treat
Users can get eucalyptol into their system in various ways, but inhaling it through the nose or mouth is most effective. Eucalyptol has strong antibacterial, analgesic, and anti-inflammatory effects.
“Like tea tree oil—which also contains healthy amounts of the terpene—eucalyptol exhibits powerful anti-bacterial effects against some of the nastiest bugs known to mankind, including E. coli, Enterobacter and Staphylococcus. Especially given the rising threat of drug-resistant bacteria, all-natural drugs such as eucalyptol could one day become first-line defenses against these dangerous pathogens.” according to a report by Vireo Health.
Eucalyptol overall is a terpene that most users can manage because it’s so present in common medicines and household supplies. It’s also known for anti-anxiety and stress fighting qualities. Identifying a terpene’s effects and benefits can help the shopper/smoker get a better understanding of what their body needs or likes.