The Holidays and Terpenes

The holidays are a time typically filled with cheery family and lots of homemade food. Sure, it can be a lot of fun, but let’s be real; the holidays can also be highly stressful. Everything from burning the main course, to running into extra holiday bills, to dealing with extra traffic this time of year. I mean holiday dinners even have the potential to be incredibly tense and a platform for aggressive family debating. Consider however, when you go take a walk to clear your head and medicate, what terpenes and strains may pair best with the holiday you are trying to have. Besides, the holidays means there’s probably going to be a lot of food, so there’s no better time to cure your munchies.


Myrcene is an earthy terpene that may pair nicely with some of your more herbaceous holiday dishes. It may go well alongside root vegetables or your stuffing, depending on how you prepare it (assuming you’re using seasoning, please be seasoning your food). Strains high in myrcene can be helpful for pain and relaxation, however, you may want to be careful with high-myrcene indicas, as mixing this terpene with something sleep-inducing, like turkey’s tryptophan, could have you falling asleep at the table.


Caryophyllene is a spicy, peppery terpene, its aroma and taste matches many of the flavors you have this time of year, and will likely be found in many dishes on your holiday table. Based on its sensory properties alone, strains that are high in caryophyllene may go nicely alongside apple cider, turkey, or stuffing. Caryophyllene also has anti-inflammatory properties, that can be favorable for some individuals during the holiday who are still dealing with a lot of pain. Aside from pain relief, these anti-inflammatory properties can aid with gastrointestinal relief, which can be very helpful after a holiday meal.


The citrusy limonene is best known for its uplifting, anti-anxiety, antidepressant properties. If you are looking for a stress reliever (because holidays are stressful), high limonene strains like Jack Herer, Super Lemon Haze, and Island Sweet Skunk may be some good possible options. Limonene also has the potential to relieve heartburn, which can be very relieving after the big meal.


Linalool is a floral terpene commonly found in lavender, and like lavender, it is known for its relaxing effects, making it a good terpene for relieving holiday anxiety and stress. If your family is hanging around and you need some me-time, high linalool strains can help you decompress after a long day.


Pinene is best known for its energizing and focusing effects, which can feel very necessary when combining medical marijuana with the craze of holiday time. It can provide a good kick of energy to keep you going, even after that second glass of eggnog. High pinene strains like Blue Dream may prove to be a good option if you think you’ll be needing an energy boost this holiday season, especially between dinner and dessert!


Terpinolene can have very uplifting effects without inducing paranoia. Its floral and piney taste and aroma can pair well with after dinner drinks or even your big morning coffee before a long day of cooking! In addition, this terpene can aid nicely in digestion, decreasing stomach upset and indigestion. It’s a good terpene to have in your back pocket if you are someone who just can’t say no to one more cookie.

The holidays can be fun and festive, however for some medical marijuana patients, as with anyone, it can be stressful. Be sure to plan to take some time to focus on your health and best care. From all of us at Keystone Shops, Happy Holidays!

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