Terpene Isolates 101: Gamma Terpinene
If you're just getting started with terpenes, odds are you're wondering how each isolate can be used. Terpene isolates can be used in hemp, CBD, and cannabis products as well as concentrates, vapes, foods, beverages, and aromatherapy infusions. In fact, adding terpenes to health and beauty products, cosmetics, vaporizers, foods and beverages, and aromatherapy infusions is a great way to add an extra boost of body-nourishing benefits to your products and make THC/CBD products more effective. This week, we're diving deeper into the antibacterial citrus-scented terpene isolate known as Gamma Terpinene (g-Terpinene).
Gamma Terpinene Isolate
Gamma Terpinene is a monoterpene that makes up a large variety of essential oils from citrus fruits. It has a strong lemon scent with undertones of sweet herbaceous spices and is frequently used commercially for its powerful antioxidant properties.
Gamma Terpinene is extracted from a variety of plants, including ginger, cumin, and celery. Its potent effects make it useful as artificial flavorings in food and pharmaceuticals as well as fragrance enhancers in soaps, cosmetics, and perfumes. Gamma-Terpinene can also be found in the baking industry and tobacco industries for its anti-bacterial and anti-fungal effects that act as a natural preservative.
While it isn’t found in high concentrations in cannabis strains, it can usually be found alongside other primary terpenes like Limonene and Pinene and in a variety of fruits, vegetables, and herbs. Not much research has been conducted directly on g-Terpinene but we do know that it’s safe to consume at normal levels. As with any dietary supplement or health regimen, be sure to check with your doctor before taking g-Terpinene terpenes to rule out any possible complications within your body.
Benefits of Gamma Terpinene Isolate
Gamma Terpinene hasn’t been extensively studied for health benefits, but hundreds of years of anecdotal evidence highlight the power of citrus fruits and herbs within the body. Some scientific study has shown that Gamma Terpinene acts as a natural antibacterial and antifungal agent, though it’s best known for its antioxidant and sedative properties.
Like most terpenes, g-Terpinene exhibits potent antibacterial properties against several strains of bacteria. It weakens them to the body’s natural defenses as well as scrubs them from the air. The same can be said for several strains of fungus.
g-Terpinene displays potent antioxidant properties, though. It can reduce the long-term effects of oxidation on body and organ cells by reducing the number of free radicals within the body. Gamma Terpinene was shown to be more effective at reducing oxidative stress than similar terpenes, including alpha-terpinene and Pinene.
A recent study in rats also found that g-Terpinene acts as a potent anti-inflammatory agent. Scientists caused an acute injury to rat lungs and paws. Rats that were pre-treated with Gamma Terpinene exhibited less pain and inflammation than the control group, highlighting an anti-inflammatory response in their bodies.
This study with rodents suggests that g-Terpinene may also inhibit the growth and spread of certain types of cancer. A follow-up study including Gamma Terpinene tested the anti-inflammatory response against breast cancer cells and skin cancer cells alongside a few other terpene isolates and concluded that g-Terpinene shows promise as an anti-proliferative.
Most interestingly is Gamma Terpinene’s sedative ability, though. This terpene isolate makes a great addition to an evening routine for its ability to slow down racing thoughts. Studies suggest that g-Terpinene could someday make its way into commercial anti-insomnia medications.
Natural Sources of Gamma Terpinene Terpenes
Gamma Terpinene is often found alongside more prevalent terpenes, such as alpha or beta-Pinene, Phellandrene, and Limonene. However, Gamma Terpinene is found in a ton of citrus fruits, herbs, and spices. g-Terpinene is used in the preparation of artificial lemon and peppermint essential oils and found naturally in plants like ginger, grapes, celery, cinnamon, cloves, cumin seeds, pepper, and tea.
You can also find it in kushy, sour strains such as ChemDawg, Sour Diesel, and OG Kush.
TLDR; Gamma Terpinene Terpenes
Kills cancerous cells and inhibits growth/spread
Common Uses of Gamma Terpinene Terpenes
Whether through your favorite fruits and herbs or through a diffuser, g-Terpinene isolate smells and tastes great and works wonders within your body.
g-Terpinene terpenes can be safely added to all sorts of products tokill bacteria, help you sleep, and reduce oxidation damage to body cells. It can safely be eaten, drank, infused, and inhaled with a little bit of mixing. It can also be used to improve cannabis products like vapes and concentrates that may have lost cannabinoid potency or terpene content during extraction.
Add g-Terpinene terpenes to foods and beverages to enjoy the antioxidant and antibacterial properties within the whole body. A dash of water-soluble g-Terpinene terpenes in your favorite foods or beverages add an herbal citrus flavor that can help reduce the growth and spread of cancer cells, reduce oxygen in the blood, and boost your body’s natural ability to get a restful night’s sleep.
Add g-Terpinene terpenes to essential oil diffusers and aromatherapy infusions to kill airborne bacteria, viruses, and fungal spores and improve indoor air quality. The herbaceous citrus aroma is also great for promoting calm and relaxation and helping you get to sleep.
Add g-Terpinene terpenes to cannabis concentrates and hemp oils made from strains with higher citrus/floral terpene content, such as Phellandrene, Limonene, or Pinene since g-Terpinene is often found alongside these primary terpenes. Try it in products made from strains like Ultra Sour and Skywalker OG. g-Terpinene terpenes can make them smell and taste better and boost the potency of THC/CBD effects.
Just keep in mind that not all terpenes are created equal. Different terpenes will always have different effects, but they're not all made the same. We know you have a choice when it comes to terpene providers, but no other choice comes close to our level of quality.
At Peak Supply Co, our g-Terpinene Terpene Isolates are extracted from all-natural food-grade fruit, flower, and nut oils in our state-of-the-art facility. With our proprietary extraction and refinement method, we remove plant materials and any leftover impurities, leaving behind the purest terpene isolates on the market. Best of all, we even offer sample packs so you can try them all.