Terpenes in Agent Orange
A strain with 17 to 25 percent THC, Agent Orange’s most dominant terpene is myrcene, a monoterpene which is found in many fragrant plants and essential oils. While the strain of cannabis itself is motivating, myrcene has a sedating effect which can calm anxiety enough for users to focus on projects at hand. Other myrcene benefits, such as its analgesic (pain relief) and anti-inflammatory effects, also tend to boost motivation for users. Additionally, Agent Orange contains terpinolene, which is found in many different marijuana strains, but rarely playing a starring role. Terpinolene gives marijuana strains their distinct aromas – in this case, it is herbaceous with hints of citrus and the aforementioned cheese – and provides the invigorating effects. 2
The hybrid cannabis blend also contains b-caryophyllene, which provides the same sense of calm as forest bathing, an immersion into nature that is both restorative and relaxing. These three terpenes work together in synergy, escalating the benefits of each while easing inflammation and boosting the immune system by targeting gut health. As much as 80 percent of the body’s immune system lives in the gut.
Benefits of Agent Orange
According to the website Ilovegrowingmarijuana.com, Agent Orange is most effective at easing stress – scoring a 10 of 10 because it doesn’t cause accompanying lethargy – but it also helps manage symptoms of depression (it scored an 8 for leaving users feeling both happier and uplifted), eases pain, boosts a lackluster appetite, and lifts fatigue (each a 4), making it an ideal choice for users who want to remain motivated after smoking. It is strong, however, and could be too potent for someone not used to using medical marijuana to treat specific conditions. According to Leafly.com, negatives potentially include dry mouth and eyes, paranoia, and dizziness.
Distinct Agent Orange properties
In addition to its aroma, Agent Orange has a very distinct taste, like a punch of citrus, but not fruit specific, writes reviewer Nicole Flanigan for the Colorado Springs-based dispensary The Epic Remedy, who says, “I was super impressed with the orange tinge in the strain. It didn’t taste like the fruit – it tasted how the whole orange grove smells. Earth, flowers, and all.”