At Pure Lush Organics, we are well aware that the rise of CBD products in the mainstream has brought about a whole new world of terms related to the cannabis industry. Now, with those terms, comes a new buzz word that you might be wondering about: terpenes. In this article, we’ll review some of the CBD terpenes and explain what they are. We will then explain how they work and touch on some of their benefits. Let’s get started!
If you’ve had any exposure to anything cannabis-related, including CBD products, you’ve probably heard about CBD terpenes. That being said, you may not know exactly what they are and if they really matter or not. Pure Lush Organics is here to say that yes, they certainly do matter! Put simply, cannabis terpenes are natural compounds found in the flower/bud of the cannabis plant. These particular compounds are known for the aroma associated with cannabis. They are also thought by many to be responsible for increasing the stress managing properties of the plant itself.
Terpenes are a very similar concept to essential oils. While peppermint essential oils are thought to ease headaches and lavender essential oils are thought to help you wind down and relax, terpenes are very similar and are actually found in essential oils as well! Terpenes are popularly associated with stress healing, relaxing, and uplifting effects.
Although the exact medicinal benefits of terpenes are still being researched, recent studies have shown that terpenes work in synergy with CBD, as well as other cannabinoids, to improve the overall value of cannabis products. The biggest benefit of terpenes, which we will cover more in-depth later, is that they help to speed up the absorption of cannabinoids into the bloodstream.
The Entourage Effect: Combining CBD With Cannabis Terpenes
Before we discuss the benefits of terpenes more in-depth, it’s important that we take some time to discuss one of the biggest benefits of using CBD with cannabis terpenes: the “Entourage Effect”. The Entourage Effect refers to a phenomenon that occurs within the body when multiple cannabis compounds work together in order to deliver a stronger influence than any individual compound alone could.
Because of the Entourage Effect, CBD products that contain terpenes have the potential to take all of the nutraceutical benefits of using CBD and maximize on their potential, enhancing the already present effects. This is due to the way that the combination of different cannabinoids interact in the body. So how exactly does the Entourage Effect work? When we smoke or vaporize cannabis, our bodies take in hundreds of botanical compounds. Each one of these compounds arrive with unique effects and benefits for the human body. This is known as the Entourage Effect.
The Entourage Effect works similarly to how our mood changes based on the environment that we find ourselves in. For example, how do you behave when you’re alone versus how you behave when you’re hanging out with friends? Your mood and personality shift depending on who is in the room. This is the same case with the Entourage Effect. Depending on which compounds are introduced to the body’s endocannabinoid system, you can see boosted effects in terms of mind, body, and health and terpenes are a large part of this process!
THC and CBD
To better demonstrate specifically how the Entourage Effect works, let’s work with two compounds that you’re likely familiar with: THC and CBD. In a study from 2010, patients who were experiencing cancer pain were given either a pure THC extract or an extract which contained near-equal levels of both THC and CBD. The study showed that patients that were given the combo of THC and CBD reported having much less pain than those who were given only a pure THC extract.
Cannabis, however, is far more than just THC and CBD. It also produces a number of other cannabinoids, including terpenes, which, when used in combination, provide much greater benefits than when a single compound is used alone. The theory of the Entourage Effect is described in detail in a report called Taming THC: potential cannabis synergy and phytocannabinoid-terpenoid entourage effects. In this report by Dr. Ethan Russo, the relationship between common cannabis compounds, including terpenes, is explored and their potential synergistic effects are measured. Pure Lush Organics highly recommends reading this report from Dr. Ethan Russo in order to better understand the Entourage Effect as well as how terpenes work in the process.
Different Cannabis Terpenes and Their Specific Benefits
Now that you know what terpenes are and have a better understanding of the Entourage Effect, it’s time to discuss a series of different cannabis terpenes as well as their specific benefits for your mind and body. After reading this list, Pure Lush Organics is willing to bet you’ll be on the lookout for CBD products that contain terpenes so that you can get the very most out of your CBD!
Pinene is one of the more common cannabis terpenes and can be easily recognized by its traditional pine smell. While the pleasant pine aroma is known for boosting feelings of well-being, there has been research to suggest that Pinene also acts as a bronchodilator and possesses certain anti-inflammatory properties.
Myrcene is yet another very common terpene and can be found in virtually any strain of cannabis. While most strains do contain Myrcene, each varies in level of concentration. In particularly high concentrations, Myrcene’s earthy aroma can provide certain sedative effects while lower levels of concentration have been shown to provide an almost energizing effect.
Possessing a floral scent, Linalool is known particularly for its unique aroma while also being known to act as a sedative that can be used to ease high levels of stress.
Ocimene is a terpene with a unique compound structure that possesses a sweet yet earthy citrusy smell and is found in various strains of cannabis. This particular terpene can also be found in lavender, hops, and bergamot.
As you can likely tell from its name, Limonene is commonly associated with a citrusy smell and can be found in various strains of cannabis as well as in the skin of many citrus fruits. The smell of Limonene is known for providing heightened senses, an elevated mood, and can help relieve feelings of everyday stresses.
Possessing a sweet, floral-like aroma, Terpinolene is a terpene found in the Jack Herer strain of cannabis. Research has shown that upon inhaling Terpinolene, it is able to provide benefits similar to those found in healthy foods such as pecans, blueberries, strawberries, artichokes, goji berries, raspberries, kale, red cabbage, beans, beets, spinach, and even dark chocolate.
Terpineol is a terpene that features an earthy yet pleasant floral aroma that is well known to, aside from alleviating feelings of stress, also provide mood enhancement.
Caryophyllene has a very sweet, earthy, and spicy aroma and is known for being the only terpene that interacts with the body’s endocannabinoid system. Whenever Caryophyllene is introduced into our bodies, it provides both natural pain relief and benefits as those commonly found in healthy foods such as berries, fatty fish, broccoli, avocados, green tea, peppers, mushrooms, grapes, turmeric, extra virgin olive oil, dark chocolate, cocoa, tomatoes, cherries,
Valencene is a strongly citrus-based smelling terpene and it can also be found in the Valencia orange. Thanks to its energetic fragrance, Valencene is known for providing energy, an elevated mood, and is known for reducing feelings of stress.
Humulene possesses an earthy and woody aroma that is most commonly associated with the aroma of hops. It has, in many studies, exhibited appetite reduction properties as well as benefits commonly in healthy foods such as yogurt, wine, moringa, cinnamon, turmeric, cranberry juice, and honey.
Geraniol is popularly known for its pleasant rose floral aroma and is often found in geraniums. Aside from its wonderful fragrance, Geraniol has also been shown to be effective as a positive mood enhancer and even acts as a great insect repellant!
Browse Our Selection of CBD + Terpenes Products!
Now that you understand the benefits of CBD terpenes as well as how they interact with the body, it’s time to stock up on high-quality CBD products for yourself! At Pure Lush Organics, we supply top-notch CBD products ranging from CBD oil tinctures to CBD softgels infused with curcumin and even CBD dog treats for your furry friend!
Those products are meticulously tested by ISO-certified third party labs to ensure safety, transparency, accountability, and quality. We use organic ingredients whenever possible and refuse to sell any product that doesn’t meet our high standards. Additionally, our hemp comes from partners who only source from U.S. farmers that operate under very strict guidelines. We believe that excellence is of the utmost importance when creating quality CBD products for our consumers.
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By Nelson J Heredia