Cannabis Sativa is made up of a large number of different compounds, including Cannabidiol (CBD), which is the most well-known and widely used cannabinoid. However, many people are unaware that there are over 100 cannabinoids in the cannabis plant, alongside several other compounds called terpenes.
Around 200 terpenes can be found in cannabis, they are aromatic compounds found in many plants. If you have used essential oils before you will have already come into contact with terpenes. For example the terpene linalool predominates the essential oil of lavender and is known for creating feelings of relaxation and ease. Various research has suggested the importance of terpenes as a popular form of holistic healing for our overall health and wellness.
They clearly play an essential role, but what actually are Terpenes?
Terpenes are a large class of organic compounds produced by plants (not just hemp!). Terpenes are responsible for the aromatic smell of Cannabis, with over 30,000 terpenes recorded in this specific plant.
However, some plants produce terpenes that don’t smell nice or aren’t as aromatic as cannabis. This is to act in defence to animals or insects likely to eat them. Terpenes may play a key role in differentiating the affects of various cannabis strains. Some terpenes might promote relaxation and stress-relief, while others potentially promote focus and acuity.
Terpenes in CBD
Terpenes are about 1% of the totally solution of CBD and, as you can imagine, it is extremely difficult to create an exact terpene profile due to that fact that hemp can have differing levels of terpenes depending on the batch.
Like cannabinoids, terpenes interact positively with the bodies endocannabinoid system. The ECS is a complex cell-signalling system that is active in the body, it plays a role in regulating a range of functions in order to keep our body at homeostatis. This enables our us to adapt to our environments in order to maintain balance.
It plays a role in regulating mood, appetite, memory, sleep and even reproduction and fertility. Interesting it is also responsibly for inflammation and immune system responses, motor control, skin and nerve and muscle function.
Terpenes are essential for 3 main reasons.
- Terpenes contribute to The Entourage Effect of cannabis
- Terpenes have medical benefits, like cannabinoids, and work synergistically with other compounds in cannabis through the endocannabinoid system.
- Terpenes give cannabis its flavour.
How Can I try Terpenes?
If you’d like to experience the benefits of terpenes in CBD, look for Full Spectrum CBD which can be found in our extra virgin olive oil. Full spectrum means the entire plant cannabinoid profile is included in the final product, including a wide range of terpenes and less than 0.2% THC.
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