What are Terpenes?
Terpenes are highly aromatic compounds which are responsible for the fragrance, taste, and pigment of plants (as well as some animals). In terms of cannabis, terpenes are what make certain strains smell or taste different from others,
for example: Super Lemon Haze, as the name suggests has real lemony characteristics. The smell is zesty, citrusy, and slightly sweet, this is because the terpene profile of Super Lemon Haze is primarily made up of Beta-Caryophyllene, Terpinolene, Humulene, Limonene, Ocimene and Myrcene, you will also benefit from hints of Alpha Pinene, Beta Pinene and Linalool. Due to its unique blend of terpenes this strain is valued for mitigating fatigue, anxiety, nausea as well as appetite loss on top of many other benefits.
Awareness of the aromatic properties of terpenes is not new, humans have long harnessed the vibrant scents associated with terpenes to formulate essential oils for practices such as aromatherapy.
What are Terpenes used for?
Some terpenes might promote relaxation and stress-relief, while others potentially promote focus and alertness.
Myrcene, for example, is found in many relaxing cannabis strains like Watermelon OG or Grape Ape.
Terpinolene is commonly found in uplifting, active strains like Jack Herer and OG Kush. The effect profile of any given terpene may change in the presence of other compounds in a phenomenon known as the entourage effect. More research is needed to understand each terpene’s effects when used in harmony with others.
What are the Common Terpenes & Their Benefits?
- Beta-caryophyllene: Ingredient in cloves and rosemary.
This terpene has been found to be beneficial for managing symptoms of anxiety and depression.
- Beta-pinene: One of the most abundant compounds released by forest trees.
Could potentially have both anti-depressant and anti-cancer properties.
- Humulene: This terpene is found in ginseng, which has long been used in folk medicine for energizing effects.
- Limonene: One of the most commonly found terpenes, Limonene has distinct citrus notes and may potentially have anti-cancer properties. In mice, it’s been shown to have anti-anxiety properties.
- Linalool: Lovers of lavender will want to seek out Linalool, which may help alleviate stress and assist with falling asleep.
- Myrcene: Found in mangos, Myrcene has antifungal and antibacterial properties and could also have sedating effects.
What is the difference between CBD, THC & Terpenes?
Cannabidol (CBD) lacks the psychoactive effect and is often considered the “medicinal cannabinoid”, even though this is a misleading label as THC also has therapeutic benefits. Products with CBD have been effective in promoting growth of new brain cells, reducing brain inflammation and relieving neuron damage as well as other brain benefits. CBD has also been found to help with the treatment of anxiety, chronic pain and autoimmune encephalitis.
Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) is the most known cannabinoid and is credited for cannabis products’ psychoactive effects. While many people enjoy this cannabinoid for the high it produces, it has many other uses. Studies of THC products show efficacy in cancer treatment, chronic pain reduction, Alzheimer’s Disease treatment (in combination with CBD) and Parkinson’s Disease symptom reduction. This cannabinoid also stimulates appetite, which may help treat disorders involving appetite reduction.
Terpenes are often considered to be responsible for the flavour and scent profiles of cannabis; however, studies suggest they can also have profound therapeutic effects. Many terpenes are bioactive, they affect the body in different ways.
This effect will vary based on the concentration of the terpene itself and how a person uses it.
There are approximately 30,000 different terpenes across plant species, 220 of which exist in cannabis.
Which Terpene Profile should you buy?
If you’re using CBD for therapeutic purposes and use a CBD isolate (a product that contains only CBD) and find it doesn’t have your desired effect, it might be worth trying a full-spectrum CBD product, which will also contain terpenes and other cannabinoids.
At British CBD we sell highly concentrated Terpene Liquid and Terpene Infused Vape Liquids.
Users can add this liquid to E-Liquids, CBD Oils, or food and drinks. Our customers find these terpenes highly effective when using them in combination with CBD products.
Can Terpenes be ingested?
Pure terpenes cannot be ingested directly, the reason for this is that terpenes are highly concentrated and are more suited when they are diluted in foods, drinks and e-liquids.
They must be used in the correct proportions with your selected diluting agent, or they will overpower your taste buds.
We suggest that you do not exceed 4% of terpenes.
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