An important component of cannabis plants, and plants in general, that promotes this therapeutic aspect are terpenes. Terpenes, elements present in cannabis but not psychoactive like CBD, offer impressive health benefits.
What are terpenes?
Also, each terpene has its own set of benefits. For example, oils high in linalool and myrcene, two terpenes known for their mild and relaxing properties, are effective for sleep. CBD oils with terpenes like limonene and caryophyllene can be used to help provide energy and increased levels of concentration
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Limonene is a terpene produced in the aromatic resin glands of the hemp and cannabis plant. It is known for having an assortment of fruity aromas used in everyday items such as household cleaning products, cosmetics, CBD tinctures, and fruit rinds. Today, limonene is being used more in the health industry than ever before, especially as a treatment solution for stress and anxiety.
We know that linalool is best when used for stress relief. Still, when researchers looked into how linalool interacts with our body’s cells and receptors, they also found several targets relevant to treating Alzheimer’s disease; anticholinergic, neuroprotective, and antioxidant properties. Although this is exciting, there is more evidence on how linalool affects our state of mind with anxiety and stress.
Humulene: The Alpha Anti-Inflammatory Agent
On top of the studies regarding terpenes interacting with our system, there is evidence suggesting that terpenes may enhance or alter based on the psychological process through smell.
Full Spectrum or Broad Spectrum CBD products are what you should look to purchase if you want a CBD product containing terpenes and other plant compounds such as flavonoids with medicinal properties. However, something to note is that just because it’s labeled as “Full Spectrum” or “Broad Spectrum” does not necessarily mean they contain terpenes. Extracting CBD while keeping intact terpenes is not straightforward since terpenes are sensitive and useless if not adequately purified or distilled.
Beta-Caryophyllene: A Therapeutic Pain Terpene
Terpenes are found nearly in all plants globally, and their primary function is to give plants their smell and act as a repellent against bugs, insects, or other creatures that pose threats. Terpenes also have many health benefits, which we outlined above, such as anti-inflammatory, stress relief, mood enhancer, & more.