STOP AND SMELL THE TERPENES
Terpenes are the compounds that give fragrant aromas to plants and flowers. In roses, there are multiple terpenes producing the scent we all love so much. In citrus fruit, such as the lemon, the terpene limonene provides the scent. When we inhale limonene, our Cannabinoid Receptors give us an elevated feeling comparable to a tiny bit of THC.
The cannabis plants contain hundreds of these terpenes. In addition to the major cannabinoids, THC and CBD, the terpenes and minor cannabinoids in cannabis make each strain, and even each individual plant unique in scent and effects. Terpenes and minor cannabinoids have either a direct effect on the endocannabinoid system, or regulate the effects of CBD and THC.
I have often discussed the benefits of whole plant cannabis, which includes as many terpenes and minor cannabinoids as possible. I have not spoken much about appreciating the healing effects of simply smelling the terpenes of various plants.
So next time you go on a walk, be sure to get your nose a bit closer to some roses or citrus trees you come across and see if you feel a little better.
A great article by Dr. Ethan Russo contains additional information on these minor molecules.