WHAT ARE CBD TERPENES
When it comes to hemp, as well as its illegal cousin, both are often talked about when it comes cannabinoids like CBD and THC. CBD is the alpha and omega, while THC is the center of attention when cannabis is the topic of conversation. However, much more goes on in these plants, with a new group of compounds bringing with them a whole range of their own effects. These are known as terpenes, and today, we will take a closer look at them and their role.
WHAT ARE TERPENES?
Terpenes are compounds found in plants that give them their distinctive smell or taste. These are fragrant oils that are in the case of the cannabis or hemp plant in the sticky resin glands. So they’re in the same place that other cannabinoids like CBD are, but they work a bit differently.
WHAT DO TERPENES DO?
Terpenes affect the human body in addition to the odor and taste of a plant. There is a reason why some terpenes are all too familiar because some pharmaceutical and healthcare companies use them for their therapeutic effects.
How can they affect our organism?
THE "ENTOURAGE EFFECT"
For example, it is noted that the use of CBD mitigates the intoxicating impact of THC on the user. Often, you will also see that CBD oil manufacturers sell "full-spectrum products," which means that a full range of different cannabinoids and terpenes are included in the products.
The “Entourage Effect”, in short, means that cannabinoids are all the more effective when used together. It is believed that terpenes also contribute to the "entourage effect." The promotion of the overall wellbeing that can be achieved with CBD oil comes in part from the terpenes!
OTHER APPLICATIONS OF TERPENES
Thanks to the information we have given you above, you have probably already understood that terpenes are a good supplement to any CBD oil. They have been used for hundreds of years as a remedy for certain ailments.
For example, they also encounter terpenes in aromatherapy. It spreads fragrances in the air to create a calming, health-promoting environment. Aromatherapy offers the opportunity to make a home while maintaining a healthy lifestyle.
Of course, you can use various terpenes at home to create a relaxed atmosphere and a good mood. Linalool, for example, is not only found in cannabis but is also the critical terpene of lavender, which gives it its unique fragrance.
THE IMPORTANCE OF TERPENES SHOULD NOT BE UNDERESTIMATED
Terpenes are an underrated and under-discussed component of the cannabis plant. They are essential for both the growth of the plant and the use of CBD oil. Through the "Entourage effect," terpenes can increase the wellbeing that you already improve by taking CBD supplements.
THE MEDICINAL BENEFITS OF TERPENES
Physicians believe that terpenes, like cannabinoids, have medicinal properties. According to a study by Dr. Ethan Russo, terpenes help ease depression and anxiety by acting on the endocannabinoid system of the human body and supporting the so-called "entourage effect." It states that the active ingredients of the hemp plant, in combination, are more effective than individually. Accordingly, it is recommended to use full-spectrum or broad spectrum products for CBD oils as these contribute to enhancing the effects of CBD-containing products.
DIFFERENT TYPES OF TERPENES
Each terpene has a different effect on the human body and offers various medical benefits. The primary terpene myrcene found in cannabis takes up to 60% of the terpene volume of the plant. Furthermore, it is present in eucalyptus, mango, thyme, and hops and gives beer its characteristic aroma. According to the study, myrcene is attributed to anti-inflammatory, soothing, and muscle-relaxing effects. It, therefore, promotes sleep and is used in the context of hop preparations to support sleep. Also, it lowers the resistance of the blood-brain barrier and thus allows THC and CBD to penetrate the bloodstream more quickly.
APPLICATION OF TERPENES
Because of their therapeutic potential, some approved medicines contain terpenes. Generally, they are also used in the manufacture of perfumes, such as scented candles and oils, or in aromatherapy. In aromatherapy, fragrances are used to create a soothing and healthy air to lift and relax the mood. Also, they are essential in taking CBD as they enhance the effect thanks to the "entourage effect."
THE IMPORTANT OF TERPENES
If you've ever been in the presence of cannabis, either marijuana or hemp, you've been surprised by its rather distinctive smell. We have to thank the terpenes for that. They are a group of volatile unsaturated hydrocarbons that can be found in the essential oils of many plants - especially in hemp, conifers and citrus trees. There are a lot of different terpenes, and each has its own smell and effect. This is also the reason why individual plants smell different - because they contain different terpenes in varying proportions.
However, these compounds not only affect the odor. Each interacts with the body differently and usually offers one or another type of benefit. It goes unnoticed most of the time or is simply part of the benefits of a healthy diet. However, the effects can be much more pronounced when acting in conjunction with something like CBD. It is also worth noting that terpenes are not psychoactive; they do not make you "high."
CBD AND TERPENES WORKING TOGETHER
Hemp is thought to contain around 120 terpenes, making it quite difficult to study all effects and how they interact with each other. Hemp contains less than marijuana, so it has a less noticeable smell. The result is an improved and modified effect. That is why we leave our CBD oil as pure as possible to retain that natural terpene content.
VARIOUS TERPENE TYPES
There are more than 200 different terpenes in the cannabis plant, some of the more common than others. You may have already heard of some terpenes, as they also occur in other plants and are sometimes used in alternative therapies or health foods.
LINALOOL: With its spicy, floral scent, Linalool has a calming effect and is, therefore, sometimes used as a sedative.
CARYOPHYLLENE: Caryophyllene are found in a selection of aromatic plants, such as cloves, cinnamon leaves, and black pepper. As you can probably imagine, they have very fragrant, tasty, and woody traits. It has been shown to bind to CB2 receptors when acting in conjunction with CBD. It is also believed that they have analgesic, anti-inflammatory, and antioxidant properties. The earthy and peppery terpene is sometimes used to treat muscle cramps.
PINEN: They are known for their pine-like, sweet smell that you usually only experience when walking through a pine forest. Pines seem to improve memory and promote alertness. Some people also recommend them for their anti-inflammatory effects.
LIMONEN: Limonene is one of the two compounds that make pinene! It is present in hundreds of plants, especially in citrus plants. It helps with the absorption of other terpenes and also has antifungal properties.This is perhaps the most popular terpene on this list. Limonene is fruity and citrusy. Usually, it is used to increase the mood.
HUMULENE: This terpene is earthy and woody. Sometimes Humulene is used as an appetite suppressant or as an antibacterial agent, which is why it is a popular herbal remedy.
MYCREN: Myrcene is a terpene that is found in plants such as hops, thyme, bay leaves, and even mangos. It has a somewhat unique property that helps to facilitate the blood-brain barrier transition, thus increasing the saturation level of CB1 receptors. It is also believed to act as an analgesic, anti-inflammatory, and antibiotic. In CBD oil, it tends to make you feel calm and healthy.
TERPINOLEN: Terpinolene is often used for soaps and perfumes because of its fragrant properties. It is thought to attenuate the central nervous system, reducing anxiety.