There are two different types of farnesene, alpha farnesene (α-farnesene) and beta-farnesene (β-farnesene), both of which can be found naturally in many plants and herbs, including the rinds of fruit. In fact, the very distinct aroma of green apples is due to the presence of α-farnesene in the skin! If you’ve ever had an apple start to spoil and you’ve seen the flesh bruise and turn brown, this is due to the oxidation of α-farnesene breaking down the cells of the fruit. With that in mind, if you ever come across a cannabis strain that has a strong odor of green apples, you’ll know that farnesene is present.
- Anti-Inflammatory: Turmeric is well known for its anti-inflammatory properties, and it has been shown to help people suffering from conditions such as arthritis. Farnesene, a component in turmeric, also has anti-inflammatory benefits.
- Antifungal & Antibacterial: Similar to terpenes limonene and ocimene, farnesene also has antifungal and antibacterial properties. Along this same vein, several species of potatoes synthesize a pheromone produced by aphids containing β-farnesene to ward off insects.
- Anxiety Relief & Antispasmodic: Farnesene has calming and sedative properties that can relieve anxiety and relax muscles to reduce spasmodic episodes. Farnesene is found in many indica strains. For example, there is a strain of narrow-leafed indica that is native to the Himalayan valleys that has been found to have a strong presence of trans–β-farnesene.
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