Delta-3 Carene

Cannabinoid Terpene Profile

Red eyes? Cotton-mouth? Delta 3 Carene may be the culprit. This pungent terpene is sometimes called alpha-Carene or simply Carene and is known for drying things up. In addition to making you reach for the eye drops, Delta 3 Carene’s drying effect also works on sinuses, uteruses, mucus, and fungus! Meaning it is useful as an antibacterial or antihistamine, and for targeting excessive menstruation and diarrhea.



The medical benefits of Delta 3 Carene don’t stop there! According to a 2007 study published in the Journal of Phytotherapy Research, Delta 3 Carene encourages bone repair and improves overall bone health by increasing mineralization (the incorporation of calcium into bones). This makes it beneficial to people experiencing arthritis, fibromyalgia, or osteoporosis. In addition to mineralization, Carene promotes neuroregeneration (the regrowing of nerve cells) and neuroprotection (preventing nerve cell death) making it great for those with Alzheimer’s, as it is said to promote mental focus and concentration.

Delta 3 Carene can be identified by its sweet-sharp scent with hints of citrus, cypress, pine, and wood. It can be found in several cannabis strains including AK-47, Arjan’s Haze, Jack Herer, OG Kush Lemon Haze, Lemon Shining, Silver Haze, and Skunk XL. It can also be found in rosemary, pine trees and cedar trees, basil, pepper, and turpentine. 

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