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Are Terpenes Beneficial?

Posted by Michael I. on

If you're comfortable in a kitchen, you probably know herbs are essential for seasoning other foods in cooking. The most common herbs grown are parsley, thyme, sage, and basil. These herbs have special compounds that give off specific smells, and flavors, called terpenes - and they're not just in herbs. They're in fruits, flowers, and cannabis, as well as many other plants. But, are these terpenes more than just smell or flavor? Research suggests that terpenes could have medicinal properties, but what kind of properties are there?

We know that there are over 200 different types of terpenes in cannabis plants alone, but only a few are detectable. Uniquely, each strain will result in a different blend of terpenes for different smells and flavors! For instance, the strain Super Lemon Haze hosts the terpene limonene prominently. Limonene is a terpene associated with citrus fruits which is why some sense a lemon-like smell and where the name is derived. Strains like Jack Herer will have  an earthy or pine-y flavor and smell which is the terpene: terpinol. Terpenes are also used in essential oils. But, what benefits are the benefits regarding health?

Among the 200 different types of terpenes, research has found 11 that are the most prominent. Through various tests scientists found the medicinal properties that these 11 could contain. Of the 11 most common terpenes, myrcene seems to be more abundant in strains than most of the others.

  1. Myrcene has an earthy, musky, and slightly fruity taste and smell. It acts as a sedative, typically noticed in indica strains, with high anti-inflammatory properties. Limonene, as stated earlier, has a citrus smell and flavor and could possibly help with weight loss, bronchitis, and even cancer.
  2. Limonene is also commonly found in salves and ointments because it soaks into the skin easily.
  3. Linalool is another terpene found in the cannabis plant, it holds a floral type aroma with a kick of spice. Linalool can be found in various flowers, mint, cinnamon, and fungi. The medicinal properties claimed are anti-inflammatory. It has also been noted that it's capable of helping modulate motor skills, and could even help with liver cancer. 
  4. Alpha Bisabolol is is a terpene often identified with chamomile, giving it a floral sort of scent. Research suggests that alpha bisabolol has anti inflammatory properties, and has also been found to help fight bacteria. It's also commonly used as a deodorizer.
  5. Another very common terpene is delta 3 carene. This terpene has an earthy pine-like aroma and flavor. It also has anti inflammatory properties. It could also be used to dry tears and runny noses.
  6. Borenal has an earthy taste as well, and has been used as a pain killer, anti-insomnia, anti-septic, and bronchodilator.
  7. Alpha-Pinene/Beta-Pinene is where pine trees get most of their scent from. It's also been known to show anti inflammatory properties.
  8. Eucalyptol has a spicy fragrance and is often used to cook with. This terpene can be found in cough suppressants and mouthwash.
  9. Terpinol - again, has a piney scent and studies show that it can contain antioxidant properties.
  10. Caryophyllene, is a terpene found in hops most commonly used to make beer, cannabis and hops are very close cousins. Studies show that caryophyllene can help with depression and anxiety.
  11. Lastly we have camphene, which has an herbal smell and flavor. It's been known to have anti inflammatory, and antioxidant properties. 

After all of that, it's easy to see why cannabis has so many different ailments people find relief from. The one thing most of the terpenes have in common is the anti inflammatory properties. Inflammation is definitely one of the main reasons people start using CBD products. But would it be more beneficial to use a product that also has common terpenes in it? The answer is... maybe. Although there isn't a lot of evidence, one could surmise that taking CBD with added terpenes could create more of an "entourage effect," much like a full spectrum CBD product.

 

 

 

Active CBD oil has their own shatter with terpenes, extracted from hemp to help create this entourage effect. The shatter with terpenes also kind of tastes more like cannabis without the cloudy "high" you get from THC. 

 

 

Do you have questions about our products or CBD in general? We'd love to help you anyway that we can. You can reach us at 719-358-7553 or email us at info@discovercbd.com. 

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