Category Archives: Terpenes

Terpenes and Cannabinoids to Treat Mood Disorders?

Terpenes and cannabinoids are phytochemicals that are synthesised by plants for their metabolic needs. Both terpenes and cannabinoids are bioavailable in animals and humans and when absorbed they, along with their metabolites, can have effects on the central nervous system. … Continue reading

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Terpenes and Mental Health

Terpenes are a group of phytochemicals associated most commonly with plants, where they function as secondary metabolites. However, other organisms produce terpenes. Ganoderma is a basidiomycete fungus that produces terpenes. Ganoderma atrium has been shown to possess a number of … Continue reading

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Ursolic Acid: Neuroprotective Terpenoid

Ursolic acid is a triterpenoid found in plants. The chemical name for ursolic acid is  3β-hydroxy-12-ursen-28-ic acid. Over 20,000 terpenoids have been identified in plants and many of these are present in the edible plants that humans consume. The human … Continue reading

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β-Caryophyllene as an Anxiolytic

β-Caryophyllene is a sesquiterpene found naturally in plants. β-Caryophyllene is considered a dietary cannabinoid because it can activate the CB2 receptor and cause metabolic changes to brain chemistry. β-Caryophyllene has been researched for its ability to affect anxiety in animal … Continue reading

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The Phytochemicals in Cucurbitaceae Family Vegetables

The Cucurbitaceae family vegetables include the common cucumber that most people are familiar with from supermarkets. However, melons are also part of this family. Both cucumbers and melons are medicinal in nature, and this relates to the phytochemicals they contain. … Continue reading

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The Damask Rose (Rosa damascena): Chemical Composition

The medicinal effects of the Damask rose relate to the chemical composition present in the petals, leaves and stems of the plant. These chemicals can be broadly split into the essential oil and the non-essential oil components. The essential oils … Continue reading

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Terpenes and Cannabinoids for Mood Disorders

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Terpenes and Mental Health

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Medicinal Terpenoids

Terpenoids are naturally occurring plant chemicals that comprise of isoprene units. These isoprene units can be constructed together in multiple ways giving rise to a diverse and large group of phytochemicals. Terpenoids include the sub-groups monoterpenes, sesquiterpenes, diterpenes, sesterterpenes, tetraterpenes. … Continue reading

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Pulsatilla Plants as a Source of Phytochemicals

Pulastilla is a group of flowering plants that belong to the Ranunculaceae (buttercup) family. The genus contains about 70 species, and some of these are used medicinally. Some common species of Pulsatilla plants include Pulsatilla nemorosa, Pulsatilla patens, Pulsatilla vulgaris … Continue reading

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