Nursing Note: Managing Allergy Symptoms with Ocimene

Liz S., Verdes Nurse Educator

Managing Allergy Symptoms with Ocimene:

Spring is in full swing. Weather is warming up and Mother Nature has all our New Mexican plants in blossom. With this change in climate, plants begin to deploy their reproductive tactics. This means pollen count is sky rocketing. Many of us feel the effects of this process through allergy symptoms. Itchy runny noses, sneezing and a congestion are some of the most common symptoms.

Terpenes Help Provide Relief 

Did you know one of the terpenes found in Verdes flower can help combat those symptoms? This terpene is ocimene.

The terpene ocimene is produced naturally in plants to prevent the growth of fungus. But for humans it can improve our breathing because it acts as a powerful decongestant and expectorant.

Another impressive property of ocimene is that it’s known for playing a role in the social regulation of honey bee colonies. Plus, it can be helpful in staying healthy thanks to it’s antibacterial and anti-viral properties.

Harle-Tsu is a cannabis strain that has ocimene.

Ocimene is found in three of our strains: G-13 Haze; Ghost Train Haze; Harle-Tsu.

It’s a great idea to try these strains during the spring as pollen counts are high during this time.

Consider supplementing your ocimene intake by eating foods that have naturally occurring traces of ocimene. These foods include:

  • Hops
  • Kumquat
  • Mango
  • Mint
  • Parsley
  • Pepper
  • Lavender

Adding these foods to your diet could help curb your symptoms.

It is also my suggestion to ask to smell each strain will use and that you have used. If you can identify the smell of a strain that has been beneficial to you in the past, this can help you make a decision of a new strain in the future. I also encourage you to do your own research around ocimene and other terpenes. This not only improves the efficacy of your purchases but empowers you to be in charge of your own health.

If you are having a hard time this spring with allergies, be sure to look for a high ocimene strain next time you’re at Verdes. Talk with our Customer Service Representatives if you are unsure which strain will work best for you.

– Liz S., Verdes Nurse Educator