The most compelling evidence, A number of plants and fruit have ocimene in them. Mint, parsley, tarragon, kumquats, and mangoes are a few of the natural sources of ocimene. A point to remember, the chemical variant beta ocimene is insoluble in water but it is soluble in few organic solvents like ethanol and acetone. 

What is ocimene? 

Surprisingly, Ocimene is a Greek word that means basil. The name derives from this Greek word. Although, this profile of terpenes is not considered herbal. We can have this naturally in the essential oil of basil. However, The flavour is both citrus and fruity. Insects do not like their scent and that is the reason for the use of it in insecticides.  

What does the terpene ocimene do?  

Basically, apart from being a pain in a number of insecticides, a number of other industries are taking advantage of it. As a matter of fact, these may include antiperspirants, fabric softeners, shampoo, soap, and hard-surface cleaners. 

Therapeutic properties of beta ocimene: 

On the positive side, researchers have started working to know about the medical effects of a number of cannabis terpenes and Ocimene is one of such terpenes. Most important, this terpene has antifungal, anti-inflammatory, and antiviral properties. 


In addition, A study published in the journal of Natural Medicine back in 2015 investigated it as one of the ingredients against molds and yeasts. To clarify, the researchers were of the view that ocimene might have antifungal properties. 


Another key point a study published in the journal of Food and chemical toxicology back in 2013. What’s more, the researchers observed strong anti-inflammatory activity. This study revealed a possible combative effect against ringworm, and researchers recommended the oil for the management of other inflammatory diseases. 


A report of Chemistry & Biodiversity studied seven Lebanese species of trees back in 2008. Ocimene was one of the major ingredients of the oil which was studied. The study investigated the antiviral properties of this type of terpene.   

Which terpene makes you cough? 

A number of smokers are of the view that they cough when they smoke a cannabis strain that has high levels of ocimene. 

Role of ocimene in cannabis:     

These cannabis strains may contain higher than average concentrations of the ocimene terpene: 


This terpene is known as woody and herbal and it have a number of health advantages like decongestion. Much more research is needed to explore it.  

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