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Pulegone is a monoterpene found in many plants, such as peppermint and catnip, and it is the main constituent of pennyroyal and blue mint bush essential oils. Known for its sweet and minty aroma, it can also be found in small amounts in some cannabis strains. While there isn’t a lot of research on pulegone specifically, what there is points to potential anxiety-relieving effects, increased cognitive performance, and sedative properties. 

“This minty strain smells like it has pulegone in it.”

“Pulegone might have sedative properties.” 

What is pulegone used for?

While there isn’t a lot of research on pulegone specifically, what there is points to anxiety-relieving effects. Peppermint essential oil, which contains pulegone, has also been linked to increased cognitive performance and an increase in alertness. 

Other natural products that contain relatively high concentrations of pulegone have often been used as sedatives. Pennyroyal essential oil, for example, which features pulegone as its main constituent, has been used to diminish dizziness and as a sedative. Blue mint bush essential oil, also primarily constituted of pulegone, has also been used for sedative effects as well as a food preservative

How do you use pulegone?

To use pulegone, you can use an essential oil like peppermint oil in a diffuser to inhale its potential medicinal benefits. You can also enjoy it in cannabis by finding products that have higher levels of pulegone. Still, it is not common to find this terpene listed on test results, and it is usually only present in very small amounts.