Terpenes. What a magnificent way to naturally engage the body’s built-in healing system. The word Terpene may be unfamiliar to you, but it’s likely you experience them every day and just don’t realize it. They are virtually everywhere. In your kitchen, in your garden, in the park, at the beach, probably in your laundry detergent or favorite body lotion, and certainly in your perfume or cologne. Have you ever leaned in to smell the beautiful scent of a rose or a lavender? Have you ever noticed the tangy smell of an orange or a lemon? If so, you have definitely experienced terpenes. It turns out there is a lot more than you may think behind these scents. They all have the potential to bring wellness benefits to all that seek them.
What are Terpenes?
Terpenes are an active force within the plant kingdom. As strongly as they are affiliated with plants, however, they occur in some animals as well. They are compounds that help to produce the odor that each specific plant gives off. They are more than just the smell, however, a distinct fragrance is only one of the defining characteristics in each species known to mankind. Although cannabis is often thought of as the sole source of terpenes, this is not so. Terpenes are found in peppers, basil, fruit, flowers and trees of all sorts, and even grass. Although they may emit an amazing fragrance, they are also part of the defense system in many plants that keeps them safe and healthy. Terpenes play a huge role in the production of essential oils. They also are famous for presumably providing the healing beneficial traits of aromatherapy.
The list of terpenes could go on and on, but here are some of the most popular ones:
Terpenes and Cannabis
Although some consider the cannabis plant to be the largest source of terpenes, it simply is not. Cannabis, however, does harbor several terpenes within its majestic stems, leaves, and flowers. One of the main reasons why cannabis is believed to be such a healing and miraculous herb is that it possesses such a high concentration of terpenes and other compounds. Pinene is found in cannabis and hemp plants, yet it is mostly known for its presence in pine trees. And Limonene, perhaps mostly known for its presence in lemons, is also found in cannabis and hemp plants . Terpenes such as Myrcene, and Beta-Caryophyllene are found in the cannabis and hemp plant as well. People believe that these terpenes have medicinal values that help with issues such as discomfort, stress, negativity, and other issues that cause problems for millions of people around the globe.
CBD and Terpenes
CBD, also known as cannabidiol, is an amazing compound that is derived from the hemp plant. CBD does not contain THC or visa versa. There are many full-spectrum CBD products that may contain up to .03% of THC content, but CBD is its own compound and contains nothing more than cannabidiol. CBD is associated with cannabinoids and terpenes are associated with terpenoids. Although CBD and terpenes are very different, it turns out that they may help each other to deliver stronger effects within the body by working together to produce entourage effects. Popular belief is that when you combine the two you receive a higher level of healing. Although there is not yet sufficient scientific proof to solidify this theory, rest assured that the work behind the scenes is still moving forward.
Myrcene is a botanically derived terpene that is found in high concentrations within the cannabis plant, and many other botanicals such as lemongrass, basil, and mangos. The scent that it gives off can be described as pungent and earthy. Myrcene is believed to possess the ability to be uplifting and helpful at the end of the day. It has a unique flavor and may be added to drinks, or smoothies.
Limonene is an immensely common terpene. It can be found in lemons, limes, and other citrus fruits all around the world. It is also present in cannabis plants. Tests have shown that it has a low toxicity level so it is widely used in a great number of products throughout the globe. From cosmetics to food additives limonene has proven to be a versatile compound with many uses. Another factor that makes limonene so loved is that it is believed to possess a calming and soothing effect on the body, mind and soul. It has a sweet, tangy fragrance and tastes pretty good too.
Beta-Caryophyllene is a spicy terpene that gives the kick that is present in black pepper. Although it too is found in the cannabis plant, it exists in many other herbs and botanicals as well. It is believed to help with discomfort and provide a soothing effect. People have used beta-caryophyllene as a food additive to spice things up on salads or steaks. It has been generally recognized as safe and widely used around the globe.
Written by High Fall's Hemp