What Are Terpenes and How Do They Affect Your Body?
You may be just starting to research CBD products to see if they are right for you, or you may be an avid, long-time user. Either way, you have probably done some research into CBD and the benefits of this wondrous substance. You will find that a good deal has been written about CBD’s known beneficial qualities. But new articles are coming out about more recently discovered beneficial properties of this amazing plant. One of the lesser-known beneficial components that are found in hemp is what is known as terpenes.
What Are Terpenes?
Terpenes are chemical compounds that are found in plants and even in some insects. These compounds are what give the plant its distinct aroma. Terpenes serve to protect the plant from certain insects and herbivores while also attracting certain insects for pollination. If you look closely at the bud of a hemp plant, you will notice some fine, crystalline hairs running throughout the bud. These are called trichomes. These trichomes produce terpenes and cannabinoids like CBD as well.
There are over 100 variations of terpenes in the different varieties of the hemp plant. Each of these produces a bud whose terpenes give it a distinct color and fragrance. Also, each of these terpenes has a different effect on the body. By studying the bud's fragrance and color, you can likely determine how a hemp flower, or a product made from that flower, will affect your body.
Different Terpenes and How They Affect Your Body
As we've stated before, there are numerous terpenes found in the hemp variety of the cannabis plant. Here are some of the more common terpenes, their characteristics, and how they affect your body.
You will also find the terpene Myrcene in other plants like thyme, basil, and mangoes. It is the most common of the cannabis terpenes. It is blue and has the earthy, herbal smell of cloves. This terpene is well known for its relaxing effect on the body.
This terpene is found in abundance in citrus plants like oranges and grapefruits. As the name implies, it has a lemon fragrance and is yellow. This terpene has the potential to provide stress relief and elevate your mood.
As you can probably guess, this terpene smells of pine needles but may also smell of dill; this is the most commonly found terpene in the natural world and is abundant in rosemary, dill, and basil. It is green in appearance and is known to promote memory retention, alertness and may counteract some of the effects of tetrahydrocannabinol (THC).
This terpene is also found in cumin, apples, and nutmeg. It is orange in color and has a floral, piney, and herbal aroma; this commonly found terpene is purported to uplift the body.
This interestingly named terpene is found in lavender, which is well known for its calming, stress-reducing physical effects. This terpene is purple and boasts a floral aroma.
Also found in cinnamon, clove, and black pepper, this terpene is known to act as a cannabinoid and has anti-inflammatory effects on the body. It is a delightful fuchsia color and carries the spicy smell of pepper and cloves.
This especially fragrant terpene is frequently used in the production of perfume. It is found in mint, orchids, and basil and is bright red with a sweet, herbal aroma. This beautiful bud is known for its antiviral properties.
Humulene is known for its anti-inflammatory properties and is light green. It has the earthy, woody aroma of hops and can also be found in coriander, hops, and cloves.
The Entourage Effect
As you can see, there are many varieties of terpenes, and all have their unique characteristics and benefits. Along with an abundance of terpenes, there are many other beneficial substances like cannabinoids found in the hemp plant. Along with CBD, you will find Delta-8 THC, CBG, and CBN, to name a few. These cannabinoids and terpenes work together to produce what is commonly known as "The Entourage Effect." This effect produces significantly higher benefits than CBD isolate alone. This combination of cannabinoids, terpenes, and flavonoids can be found in CBD products that are labeled as "full-spectrum" or "broad-spectrum." If you are looking to get the best results from your CBD experience, broad-spectrum and full-spectrum CBD products are for you. They will deliver the Entourage Effect so that you can experience all of the holistic wellness benefits that CBD products have to offer.
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