Menthol is a monoterpene that naturally occurs in trace amounts in cannabis, as well as prominently in other plants, such as peppermint and spearmint. Menthol is known for its cooling effects and is one of the most well-known and widely used terpenes in both organic and synthetic form, popular in oral hygiene, medicinal, and tobacco products.
“Menthol is a naturally occurring terpene in cannabis just like limonene or myrcene.”
“When I smoke a natural menthol strain, my mouth tingles.”
What is menthol?
Menthol is a terpene that occurs in cannabis and plants of the mint family. Menthol has been used in commercial products for years, including topical salves and rubs, toothpaste, lozenges, and chewing gum.
Menthol is not a prominent terpene in cannabis but tends to manifest in Kush strains. Smoking these strains may provide a slight numbing or cooling sensation in the mouth, but they usually don’t contain enough menthol for any significant medicinal effects.
Studies show menthol’s efficacy as an analgesic, or pain reliever, and it is also popular in aromatherapy oils like peppermint and eucalyptus.