Terpenes are aromatic organic compounds and are found in many plants and can even be found in some insects. Terpenes account for aromas and flavors produced by the essential oils of many types of plants. Terpenes induce distinct effects on the human body that vary between different types. But why do terpenes matter? Terpenes directly affect your natural CBD regimen by providing their own independent benefits. Terpenes work together with cannabinoids to produce an array of effects and therapeutic benefits known as the entourage effect.
Common Terpenes found in cannabis hemp
For example, you can combine an Essential Oil containing Myrcene which induces sedation or sleepiness, provides anti-inflammatory, anti-cancer, and analgestic, i.e. anti-pain, effects. Each scent has it’s own unique properties and can be used accordingly. The populatiry of Essential Oils has increased the awareness of the scientific research and medical benefits of terpenes and aromatherapy.
The smell of the terpenes can even be used as a helpful guide to helping you choose the right essential oils. If an oil’s smell is appealing to you, studies have shown that it could be telling you that your body craves that terpene.
A few common terpenes and their effects:
- Myrcene – The most common terpene in cannabis, it is known for its highly-sedative effects.
- Limonene – Common in citrus, it is highly-energetic and a known anti-depressant.
- Terpinolene – A smokey or woody aroma that is slightly sedative, antioxidant, anti-cancer and antibacterial.
- Beta-Caryohyllene – Gastroprotective and a strong anti-inflammatory with a woody, peppery taste.
- Alpha-Pinene – Energetic and therapeutic, this terpene is common in pine needles.
- Humulene – The main constituent of hops is a strong anti-inflammatory agent and a hunger-suppressant.