Have you ever wondered why Full Spectrum CBD usually makes a point to include that within the ingredients, it contains plant terpenes? You may be asking yourself, what are plant terpenes, what are they used for, and why are they so important? In this article we are going to be answering that question, What are the benefits of terpenes in full spectrum CBD? First lets take a look at what terpenes are, what they are used for, and what some of the more popular terpenes are.
What Are Terpenes?
Terpenes are an aromatic organic compound produced by most plants and even some animals that help to give the plant its distinct smell. The term terpene is also often used to refer to terpenoids, which are oxygenated derivatives of terpenes.
What Are Terpenes Used For?
Terpenes when referring to Full Spectrum CBD Oil, help to contribute to what is known as The Entourage Effect. Terpenes have medicinal benefits, and help to give all cannabis plants their natural flavor and scent. Terpenes are contributed to helping treat pain, inflammation, depression, anxiety, epilepsy, as well as they can help with fungal and bacterial infections. Most terpenes will give plants their distinct aromas such as citrus, berry, mint, and pine. Terpenes evolved to help repel predators and lure pollinators. Some of the more popular terpenes include:
Myrcene: The most common terpene in cannabis. It is also known as the “couch-lock” terpene for its highly-sedative effects. This terpene profile is also found in cardamom, and cloves, and creates a musky, earthy, herbal scent. Great as an antioxidant; and in the treatment of insomnia, pain, and inflammation
Limonene: Common in citrus fruits such as lemons and oranges, it is highly-energetic and a known anti-depressant. Limonene helps to elevate mood.
Linalool: Believed to be relaxing, helps to elevate mood, relieve stress, and can be used as a sedative. The potential medical benefits of linalool can be contributed to the treatment of anxiety, depression, insomnia, inflammation, pain, and neurodegenerative diseases. Linalool is a terpene also found in lavender.
Terpinolene: A smokey or woody aroma that is slightly sedative, can be used as an antioxidant, and antibacterial, as well as produce a relaxing effect. Terpinolene can also be found in nutmeg, tea tree, conifers, apples, cumin, and lilacs.
Beta-Caryophyllene: Gastroprotective and a strong anti-inflammatory with a woody, peppery taste. Great for stress relief and the treatment of pain, anxiety/depression, and ulcers. Beta-Caryophyllene is commonly found in black pepper, cloves, as well as cinnamon.
Alpha-Pinene: Energetic and therapeutic, this terpene is common in pine needles, of course as well as rosemary, basil, parsley, and dill. Alpha-Pinene is often used in the treatment of asthma, pain, inflammation, ulcers, and anxiety.
Humulene: The main constituent of hops is a strong anti-inflammatory agent and a hunger-suppressant. Humulene is also found in coriander, cloves, and basil.
Ocimene: Used as an antiviral, anti-fungal, antiseptic, decongestant, and antibacterial. These terpenes can also be found in mint, parsley, pepper, basil, mangoes, orchids, and kumquats.
Why Are Terpenes Important?
As you can see, terpenes are very beneficial in the treatment of many different ailments. Research confirms that terpenes not only trigger emotional responses, but they also modulate brain activity and regulate physical processes. The benefit when used in full spectrum hemp oil, is that the oil may contain up to 200 of these potentially beneficial plant terpenes, which when combined with the cannabinoids found within the hemp plant, allows for what we more commonly refer to as The Entourage Effect.
As discussed before, The Entourage Effect allows for the naturally occurring receptors within our bodies endocannabinoid system, to open up and interact with the cannabinoids and terpenes found in the hemp plant. When cannabinoids and terpenes work synergistically, each active element has a greater impact when combined than they have on their own. This allows for a larger more broad symptom relief.
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