All About Terpenes

One of the most important parts of any plant’s chemical makeup is it's terpenes, which are a major factor in determining what a plant smells like. But terpenes offer so much more, including potential health benefits.  Understanding what individual terpenes offer, how they interact with one another, and how they interact with cannabinoids like CBD (also known as the Entourage Effect) will help you appreciate how these all-natural, miracle compounds can positively impact your physical and mental well-being.

The Entourage Effect is the definition of synergy ... the total effect being greater than the sum of it's parts.  Terpenes and cannabinoids like CBD, when used individually, have wonderful health benefits.  But when used together, a partnership is forged where each of the terpenes' effects, and the CBD's effects, are boosted by each other, and magnified.



Myrcene

Also known as beta-myrcene, is a terpene found in many hemp and cannabis strains, as well as mangoes, citrus fruits, bay leaves, eucalyptus, hops, lemongrass, basil, thyme, and many other plants.  It's aroma is generally described as earthy and herbal.

It offers a relaxing sense of ease (and similar sedative effects) as well as acting as an anti-inflammatory, and an analgesic (pain reliever.)

Beta-Caryophyllene

Found in many herbs and spices like oregano, rosemary, basil, hops, cinnamon, clove, and black pepper.  It's aroma is spicy, peppery, and woody.

This terpene is generally used for pain relief, to reduce stress, anxiety, and depression, and as an anti-inflammatory.  It's anti-inflammatory properties were found to be useful in the digestive system, where it's been used to treat ulcers and colitis.  Also, it's potential to reduce brain inflammation and the accumulation of brain plaque, give hope as a possible treatment for Alzheimer's.

Limonene

This terpene is found in fruit rinds, juniper, peppermint, and rosemary.  It's aroma is distinctly citrus.

It is said that Limonene may treat pain, inflammation, and even cancer, because of how it stimulates and increases the activity of the immune system.  It is also used to relieve stress, anxiety, depression, and can elevate and improve mood.  It is no wonder it's called the "feel good" terpene.

Pinene

Found in many plants like basil, rosemary, parsley, dill, and pine needles.  It is the terpene that gives many hemp and cannabis strains their well-known pine scent.

Pinene may cause alertness, improve memory retention, and relieve anxiety, but that is only the beginning.  It's potential health benefits include relief from asthma, ulcers, pain, inflammation, and even cancer.

Terpinolene

This terpene has an herbal, piney, fresh floral scent.  It can be found in apples, lilacs, conifers, nutmeg, and many others.

It can be used as a relaxing sedative, but has potential health and medical benefits as an antioxidant, antibacterial, anti-fungal, and even anti-cancer.

Linalool

Found in many plants, including lavender, so it's no surprise that this terpene has a floral aroma.

The relaxing effects of Linalool can elevate mood, making it a wonderful treatment for insomnia, anxiety, and depression.  It is also used to treat pain and inflammation, and it is being researched as a potential treatment for epilepsy and Alzheimer's.

Ocimene

Can be found in many plants and fruits, like parsley, basil, orchids, and kumquats.  It has a sweet, herbal, woody aroma.

The potential medical benefits of Ocimene are as an antiseptic, anti-bacterial, antiviral, and anti-fungal.