Understanding Terpenes

Understanding Terpenes
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How much do you know about terpenes?

Terpenes are found in ALL plants, including Cannabis.

Terpenes are aromatic molecules produced from the resin of plants. Along with flavonoids, terpenes are the scents/smells that we associate with plants. Different cultivars of Cannabis have their own combinations of terpenes which causes each strain to have their own unique scent. Conversely, cannabinoids do not produce scents.

Terpenes provide several essential functions for plants: Some plants use their terpenes as a defense mechanism in keeping predators away. Some are used to kill their predators. Many plants use their aromatic molecules to attract pollinating insects which helps them reproduce. Some plants release terpenes that develop due to stress. (even plants can stress!)

But what about Cannabis?

Cannabis terpenes are not only responsible for the smell of the plant, but also the taste when it is consumed. But terpenes deliver much more than just distinct smells and flavors. A study done by Dr. Ethan Russo, MD, the Director of Research and Development at International Cannabis and Cannabinoids Institute and a Senior Medical Advisor to GW Pharmaceuticals, demonstrates that terpenoid content offers “complementary pharmacological activities that may strengthen and broaden clinical applications and improve the therapeutic index of cannabis extracts.” This indicates that terpenes have synergistic effects when combined with cannabinoids and other terpenes.

While shopping for CBD products, you may find a product that includes terpenes work more effectively. You can find quality CBD products with terpenes from reliable companies listed on our vetted list.

Here are the 10 most commonly found in cannabis, each come with their own benefits:

Limonene

Pinene

Myrcene

Linalool

Delta-3-Carene

Eucalyptol

Beta-Caryophyllene

Humulene

Borneol

Terpineol

This week, we will go over a terpene a day to learn more about the benefits and synergistic effects of each! Stay tuned to learn more about what terpenes can do for you.

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