The world is somewhat a stranger to the CBD industry. It reached prominence and people learned and heard about CBD well into the second decade of the 21st century. But there are still plenty of knowledge gaps- terpenes may be one of them.
If the term ‘terpenes’ sounds new to you, then it is high time you know about it- especially if you are a CBD user. What is interesting is that you need not be a CBD user to consume terpenes.
Terpenes are found in most of the everyday items that we use from fresheners to deodorants, and flowers to fruits and vegetables. This is one substance that is present in abundance in hemp plants and is considered in the same batch of ‘cannabinoid’.
What importance does this compound have in relation to CBD products? Does it help you in any way? Let us find out.
What Are Terpenes?
These are volatile molecules that are mostly found in plants and botanical herbs. It is this compound that is responsible for the aromas. So the next time you are passing by a flower bed, know that the aroma and fragrance that is wafting through the air is in fact because of terpenes.
The world is not short on terpenes in any way- there are close to 200 of them just in cannabis plants such as hemp, alone. However, in most of the strains that are used for commercial purposes, the concentration of terpenes is not high enough. So as to offset this, brands and CBD manufacturers add in terpenes to further up the ante.
But why add extra terpenes in the first place?
It is added for the sake of the health benefits that the compound offers.
Health Benefits Of Terpenes
Different terpenes have different health benefits but they all fall in the category of aromatherapy. Inhaling the scent of terpenes has attributed to the boosting of emotional well-being and enables in attaining a calm centered state of mind. Certain terpenes are responsible for increasing mental fortitude and mental alertness. The effects of terpenes are therapeutic along with being neuroprotective, anti-inflammatory and anti-tumorigenic.
Taking The Effects To The Next Level: The Entourage Effect
The entourage effect was a recent phenomenon that was discovered by the scientist and prominent cannabis researcher Dr. Ethan Russo. The founding stone was laid in place in the wee years of 1998, by Dr. Raphael Mechoulam, who is considered as the father of cannabis research.
The entourage effect in layman’s terms is the synergy that is created and achieved by cannabinoids such as chromenes, flavonoids and terpenes that are found in cannabis and its derivatives, such as hemp.
The benefits that one receives from ingesting full-spectrum CBD, are not limited to CBD alone but also other constituents in the mix- namely terpenes. The presence of the rest of the cannabinoids helps raise the benefits and make it a more holistic medication than CBD isolate.
Important Terpenes That You Will Find In CBD Oil
Let us take a look at some of the terpenes that require recognition:
If you could guess, Limonene is a terpene that is present in lime, orange and lemon, among other citrus fruits. The zest of citrus fruits best characterizes this terpene, which is refreshing and soothing, to say the least. Apart from smelling good, this particular terpene is also known for its anti-fungal properties. The scent is also relaxing and enhances the mood, helps control anxiety and stress and curbs inflammation too.
Adding in limonene in CBD does one key task- Increases the absorption rate to the bloodstream.
The terpene Pinene is predominantly found in pine needles and has been used in traditional medicinal practices around the world. One of the key therapeutic features of this terpene is in it being a bronchodilator, anti-bacterial and anti-inflammatory.
The name is less obvious and is best described to be pungent, herbal and earthy in its fragrance. This is the predominant aromatic note that you will notice with cannabis products in general. The smell of the earthiness may be overpowering for some, which is why CBD capsules and gummies would be the suitable course of action for them.
The terpene is one that induces powerful relaxing effects and is noted for its pain-relieving effects. This is a terpene that leads to feelings of sleepiness.
This is a terpene that has a characteristic woody aroma- an aroma that is common in botanical herbs such as rosemary. The reason for the similarity is because they both contain this particular terpene. It is sedating and anti-oxidizing in its properties. It calms the central nervous system and helps in lowering the anxiety levels.
The effects profile of the CBD is enhanced with the presence of these compounds, and it is no wonder that CBD manufacturers add them in.
The next time you are relieved by the effects of the CBD oil, take the time to appreciate the terpenes as well…