Phellandrene
(A-Phellandrene)

Phellandrene is derived from eucalyptus plant species

It is a secondary terpene, less prevalent in cannabis and less studied by researchers.

Phellandrene has antibacterial properties, which can have been used for holistic medicine.

Phellandrene aroma is described as woody, minty, and mildly citrus.

A-Phellandrene increase energy levels, minimize pain, and act as an anti-cancer agent.

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About Phellandrene

During the initial phase of the research, phellandrenes (a-phellandrene and beta-phellandrene) were misunderstood as limonene and pinene. After studying eucalyptus oil, we discovered that a-phellandrene and beta-phellandrene were two distinct isomeric compounds mostly prominent in eucalyptus plants.

Facts about α-Phellandrene
  • α-Phellandrene contains anti-cancer properties

  • Capable of increasing energy levels and reducing pain sensitivity

  • It is easily absorbed by skin and has pleasing aroma.

Facts about β-Phellandrene
  • β-Phellandrene is extracted from water fennel oil and balsam oil

  • β-Phellandrene is often used as a flavor ingredient

  • Broadly distributed in essential oils

BENEFITS OF PHELLANDRENE

Many researchers acknowledged the potential use of a-phellandrene for cancer and pain management. Some of the hidden benefits include:

  • ALPHA-PHELLANDRENE AS AN ANTIFUNGAL. Phellandrene can control Pennicilium cyclopium fungus in tomatoes and prevent fungus growth.

  • ALPHA-PHELLANDRENE FOR THE TREATMENT OF HUMAN LIVER TUMOR CELLS. Alpha Phellandrene can be used to decrease the viability of human liver tumour cells.

  • ANTI-INFLAMMATORY, ANTIHYPERALGESIC AND ANTI-DEPRESSIVE PROPERTIES.  a-phellandrene incorporate has anti-inflammatory properties that can be used for wellness, stimulating, and therapeutic purposes.

  • ANALGESIC PROPERTIES. Phellandrene has the ability to reduce and relieve pain.

PLANTS CONTAINING PHELLANDRENE

Dill

Parsley

Lavender

Pine

water fennel

Black Pepper

Mint

Cinnamon

Ginger Grass

STRAINS WITH HIGH LEVELS OF PHELLANDRENE

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Jack Herer

Ace of Spades

SAGE

Dogwalker OG

Super Lemon Haze

WHERE PHELLANDRENE IS MOSTLY USED?
  • Aroma therapy and massage oils – It is a well-known compound in cosmetic and perfume industry.

  • Food Addictive – Phellandrene is mostly used as a mint or pepper in the food. 

  • Foot and ring worm treatment – Phellandrene contains a strong anti-fungal compound which can be further used to treat fungal infection.

POTENTIAL SIDE EFFECTS OF PHELLANDRENE

Phellandrene is a subtle compound and with the right dosage, it can be used for health & wellbeing improvement. Just like with any terpenes, too much of anything could result in irritation or discomfort.

The Federal Drug Administration (FDA) has approved the use of alpha-phellandrene as flavoring agents.

 

Like many other chemical compounds that we are just starting to know, A-Phellandrene still needs more research. This terpene has tremendous potential without a doubt and can significantly improve the cannabis experience. 

Terpenes like phellandrene still need more research. Even though it has the potential to revolutionize the industry, it has certain side effects like skin irritation and upset stomach. The initial exploration of phellandrene is still not evident for human use. Perhaps the indepth research and further clinical trials will put a light on the alpha-phellandrene benefits.