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When you hear people talking about this subject, it’s natural to question why terpenes are essential to a great CBD product—like tinctures, for example.
Terpenes are the reason we swoon at the smell of a dozen roses, the reason lavender penetrates our senses enough to melt the stress of a hard day away, and the reason your Christmas tree signals the holiday season to your senses.
It’s all in the aroma terpenes provide!
Terpenes are responsible for much more than meets the eye, and most people don’t know it goes much deeper than the smell and flavor they provide. There are over 200 different terpenes, and each terpene has its own unique set of characteristics and capabilities.
These compounds were somewhat overlooked in the past, but since hemp gained legal status with The Farm Bill of 2018, researchers are beginning to fully explore all of the terpene profiles and how extensive they are to the human body.
We know and understand that combining the varying compounds provides a synergistic effect, giving the consumer a boost in potency and effectiveness.
If you have a vague idea of what terpenes are and how they affect you and your CBD, keep reading. We know you’ll find this interesting.
There is an abundance of different compounds found in plants, and one of them is terpenes. These compounds are responsible for giving plants, flowers, fruits, vegetables, and herbs their distinct aroma.
In fact, terpenes are the driving force behind essential oils and their aromatherapy properties.
As noted earlier, there are over 200 types of terpene compounds that grace our beloved cannabis plants, and over 20,000 terpenes discovered in other plants, flowers, etc. Terpenes also play a big part in the flowering process for many of the varieties it’s found in.
For example, terpenes help individual plants achieve pollination and enhance their overall strength and immunity. But plants don’t reap all of the benefits of terpenes alone—humans do too.
When we take terpenes into our body, they directly affect the body, but in a wide variety of ways. Each terpene, having its own chemical makeup, can present the body with a particular type of effect.
When ingested, terpenes bind to receptors in the brain to produce a physiological response. When this happens, certain neurotransmitters are released, like serotonin and dopamine.
This means reducing stress, anxiety, pain, or whatever else may be bothering them for most people.
Chances are, you never really thought about how terpenes affect your CBD oil, but it’s quite the fascinating rabbit hole to dive into.
As we all know, there are many different types of terpenes—over 200 found in the cannabis plant. These terpenes all have their own unique set of capabilities. Still, aside from this, the compound structure in itself is a benefit.
The terpene profile of your CBD product (for example, a CBD capsule) is just another compound layer that enables the entourage effect. This is when all of the compounds found in the cannabis plant are there and can work together in synergy to produce a more profound level of therapeutic effects.
So when you partake in your favorite CBD gummy or tincture, the unique blend of cannabinoids and terpenes available in genetics creates a specialized effect.
Cannabinoids have their own abilities— CBD is non-psychoactive and therapeutic, and CBN encourages sleep like none other.
But terpenes function in the same manner, which is why some companies add more terpenes to products since they aren’t as abundant as they’d like in most cases.
Let’s take a look at some of the more common terpenes and the effect they produce.
The name says it all— a terpene found in a variety of citrus fruits. This terpene is excellent for enhancing mood while reducing anxiety levels and inflammation.
Limonene enhances your CBD product by increasing the overall absorption level of other terpenes as well. This means a deeper level of therapeutic relief.
Typically found in pine, eucalyptus, orange peels, and rosemary, pinene has anti-inflammatory, anti-microbial, and memory-enhancing properties.
It’s well-known for its stand out scent reminiscent of pine trees.
The anti-inflammatory and antibacterial properties go way back to Chinese medicine, as it’s been a long-standing part of their ancient medicinal practices.
Large amounts of this terpene can be found in familiar scents like lavender and chamomile, so it’s no surprise linalool is excellent for reducing anxiety and melting stress away. Many companies utilize this terpene for the soothing vibes it embodies.
Linalool also blacks excitement chemicals in the brain, such as glutamate, encouraging a calm, relaxed state of mind. It also blocks a chemical called acetylcholine, and this blockage ultimately leads to muscle relaxation and pain relief.
Humulene is commonly found in hemp as it naturally grows, and it’s also known by the name caryophyllene.
It’s generally found in hops, sage, basil, echinacea, ginger—giving them all a robust smell. It’s beneficial for its anti-inflammatory and anti-inflammatory effects, but also for its ability to minimize hunger.
Many things go into a high-quality CBD product, and now you can see where terpenes fall into the equation.
These compounds work quietly in the background to provide us with a unique type of relief. Furthermore, when you combine the benefit of the cannabinoids, terpenes, and the entourage effect, you can quickly see how CBD has made its way into conversations worldwide.
Now, when you hear your product contains a specialized blend of terpenes, you can look at the lab report and see which ones you recognize.
Don’t worry if you don’t immediately know one of them—there 200, so take it easy on yourself—just look it up.
You’ll see what that terpene is capable of doing for your mind and/or body.
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