What are Terpenoids

Difference Between Terpenes and Terpenoids
A terpene is a naturally occurring hydrocarbon based on combinations of the isoprene unit. Terpenoids are compounds related to terpenes, which may include some oxygen functionality or some rearrangement, however the two terms are often used interchangeably.

Pulegone, a monocyclic monoterpenoid, is a minor component of cannabis. Higher concentrations of pulegone are found in rosemary. Rosemary breaks down acetylcholine in the brain, allowing nerve cells to communicate more effectively with one another.

An ethnopharmacology study indicates pulegone may have significant sedative and fever-reducing properties. It may also alleviate the side effects of short-term memory loss sometimes associated with higher levels of THC.

Pulegone has a pleasant peppermint aroma and is considered to be a strong insecticide.

Compounds Found In Nature

There are many different compounds that occur naturally within nature, such as pulegone, pinene, myrcene, and linalool. This article will explain what they are and what they're used for.

Pulegone is an organic compound which occurs naturally that is obtained from many kinds of plants, like Nepeta cataria, pennyroyal, and Mentha piperita. It is a liquid with an oily consistency that is clear and colorless, and has a pleasant smell to it that is not unlike peppermint, camphor, or pennyroyal. Pulegone is mainly used in aromatherapy, as a flavor agent in food, and in perfume and essential oils.

Pulegone can also be used as an insecticide; it is the most powerful of the three insecticides that occur naturally in several mint species. It has also been reported to be toxic to rats if they consume a large amount of it. However, it was found that the chemical content of it could be reduced by treating it at high temperatures, which means if you are planning to eat this herb, it should be oven dried or thoroughly cooked before eating it.

Pinene is a chemical compound that has two isomers: alpha pinene and beta pinene. They are important components of pine resin, and can be found in other conifers, as well as non conifers such as sagebrush and camphorweed. The two isomers make up a major component of turpentine. Another constituent of turpentine is carene.

Myrcene is an organic hydrocarbon. The important thing to know about it is that it's a part of the essential oil of many different kinds of plants, including cannabis, thyme, parsley, ylang-ylang, hops, and bay. Myrcene is also a very important intermediate step in the process of making fragrances, because it has a pleasant smell, but not used directly in perfumes.

Linalool is a naturally occurring alcohol chemical found in mainly spice plants and flowers. There are over 200 species of plants that produce linalool, like mint, other herbs), citrus, cinnamon, rosewood, birch trees, and some fungus and cannabis.

Caryophyllene is another important chemical, because it is a large part of many existing essential oils, especially oils such as hops, rosemary, and clove oil. It can also be found in basil, black pepper, oregano, cinnamon, and lavendar.

To summarize this article, many of these compounds are chemicals that occur naturally in several species of plants whose essence are used for making scents for things like perfume, cleaning product, and paint.