Ocimene – Terpenes and Cannabinoid Research

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Overview - Ocimene

What is Ocimene?

Ocimene has a floral and perfume-like scent and is a flavoring agent and additive.

It is found in relatively low concentrations of cannabis but in higher concentrations in certain essential oils.

Ocimene is thought to possess anticonvulsant activity, antifungal activity, antibacterial activity, potential antihypertensive activity, and antitumor activity.

Is Ocimene safe?

Ocimene is a floral-smelling oil that, in its isolated form, can cause severe eye and skin irritation and can be fatal if aspirated.

Other Names

IUPAC Name: 3,7-dimethylocta-1,3,6-triene


Scent Description

Woody, vegetal, herbaceous

Natural Sources

Allspice, tarragon, basil, mint, parsley

Cannabis Strains High in Ocimene

Durban Poison, OG Kush, Dutch Treat, Sour Diesel, Strawberry Cough, Dream Queen, Chocolope

Ocimene Properties and Effects

Ocimene is associated with the following properties and effects:

  1. Anti-seizure (C. Okoli et al., 2010)

  2. Anxiolytic (C. Okoli et al., 2010)

Anti-inflammatory (via nitric oxide (NO) production inhibition, NO scavenging effect, and inhibited inducible NO synthase expression)

Anti-oxidant (via antiradical activity concerning OH and preventing the initiation of hydroxyl and superoxide radicals)

Anti-bacterial (via inhibiting growth of Proteus mirabilis, Staphylococcus aureus, Corynebacterium pseudotuberculosis, Klebsiella pneumonia, Pseudomonas aeruginosa, Enterobacter aerogenes, Salmonella enterica, and Streptococcus pyogenes when compared to standard antibiotics for positive control)

Anti-fungal (via inhibiting growth of dermatophytes and Cryptococcus neoformans)

Anti-tumor activity (via cytotoxicity in vitro on cancer cell lines of B16-F10 (mouse melanoma), HepG2 (human hepatocellular carcinoma), K562 (human chronic myelocytic leukemia) and HL-60 (human promyelocytic leukemia)

Possibly anticonvulsant and anxiolytic (via possible enhancement of GABAergic transmission)

Potentially anti-hypertensive and antidiabetic (via antioxidant activity, co-occurring phenolic content of ocimene-containing compounds like black pepper, and inhibiting α -amylase, α -glucosidase, and ACE enzyme activities in concentration-dependent manners)

Last reviewed by Dr. Abraham Benavides, M.D., 05-20-2022

Ocimene Receptor Binding

Endocannabinoid System (ECS) and Ocimene:

  1. CB1 (agonist) (N. Raz et al., 2023)

Endocannabinoidome (eCBome) and Ocimene:


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