Hemp terpenes are an excellent way to integrate nature’s gifts into our lives. Enjoying the tastes provided by the plant world can also be a very beneficial experience. Plant-based diets are rich in many useful and vital compounds for our health. The main aromatic compounds of these same plants are known as terpenes. These terpenes also have useful qualities, much like the traditional dietary compounds like flavonoids and other plant-based nutrients. These terpenes can be enjoyed orally or via inhalation/ingestion and are well known for their odors which can also bring about beneficial results.
Each hemp plant that is grown contains a unique assortment of phyto, or plant-based, compounds. The most notable of these are phytocannabinoids and terpenes. THC and CBD are examples of phytocannabinoids. In reality, over 100 phytocannabinoid compounds have been discovered in hemp. Terpenes are aromatic compounds that can be found in many examples of plant life. The same essential compounds can be found in a variety of plants. For example, the limonene terpene can be found in several varieties of hemp as well as citrus items like lemon and lime.
The many strains of cannabis/hemp each have a genetic disposition towards developing specific phytocannabinoid and terpene ratios. For example, OG Kush is a common strain of cannabis/hemp. The OG Kush terpene profile denotes the terpenes that frequently occur in this strain and their common concentrations. In reality, the environment that a plant is grown in, and even the amount of time the flowers are stored, will create deviations in the typical plant compound profile. In the end, each strain will still develop its common characteristics; and therefore, it will produce similar ratios of terpene compounds.
Terpene resins are concentrated extracts that can be added to existing CBD items or cannabis products. These naturally occurring terpene compounds tend to work well with the other existing hemp compounds. This means that terpenes could increase the potency of other compounds in the plant, and the many health benefits of terpenes allow them to work synergistically to create a state of balance and wellbeing.
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There is a long list of terpenes that occur in nature. Keeping track of them all of them can be quite a task; however, research has been done that allows us to pinpoint the terpenes that play a major role in the magic of hemp.
The limonene terpene we mentioned earlier provides a citrusy aroma that gives cannabis/hemp strains like clementine and mango their distinctive smells. This terp is associated with a lifted mood and a relief of stress. It has a host of medicinal uses from antifungal, antibacterial, and anti-depressive therapies. While the limonene terpene can be found in fruits, it can also be found in rosemary and peppermint.
Linalool is the next terpene we should take a look at. Like the limonene terpene, the smell this terp provides is floral, citrusy, and perhaps a little reminiscent of candy. Common linalool containing strains are Lavender and LA Confidential. Linalool provides mental relief and sedative properties. Its applications extend to antianxiety, antidepressant, and anti-inflammatory uses. This terpene can be found in citrus, birch, rosewood, and lavender.
Myrcene presents a very different kind of smell in the plant world. This terpene is musky and earthy and is present in strains like Banana Kush and the high CBD strain ACDC. To imagine the smell, think of cloves with some herbal and tropical notes. The perceived effects of myrcene are usually described as sedating and relaxing. Myrcene carries antioxidant, sleep aid, anti-inflammation, antidepressive, and other valuable properties. Enjoying a mango has long been rumored to increase the potency of hemp. Perhaps the fact that mangoes are also a source for this terpene makes both plants act in a synergistic manner. Other notable sources of myrcene are lemongrass and hops.
Lastly, we have pinene. As its name suggests this terpene is included in the scent of pine needles and rosemary. These piney tones can be discovered in hemp varieties like Jack Herer and Blue Dream. The most common impacts of this terp are a sense of alertness, an ability to efficiently retain memories, and perhaps even an anti-psychotropic effect. This anti-psychotropic effect would mean that pinene has the potential to counter the “high” that is provided by compounds such as THC. Keep in mind that these two compounds often occur naturally together, and that pinene would only reduce the impact of THC, not remove it all together. Pinene can be found in basil, rosemary, and parsley.
Each of these terpenes also has a different boiling point. This means that if cannabis is enjoyed with a vaporizer, the temperature you select could dictate which terpenes you are enjoying. Pinene has a low boiling point of 311°F. This terpene has a notable quality of providing energy and alertness. This effect could be highlighted until reaching 334°F when myrcene comes into play with its well-documented sedative impacts. Keep in mind that the terpenes and their concentrations that are present in cannabis/hemp will play a large role in which effects are pronounced.
Terpenes could have a large impact on the experience of cannabis/hemp. In high-THC varieties of the plant, different strains can easily produce alert experiences or relaxing ones. As the presence of THC goes up it reduces the presence of other phytocannabinoids to trace levels but leaves the terpene levels relatively untouched. Phytocannabinoids also have a variety of effects. Because they are greatly reduced in these high THC examples, it is implied that terpenes play a major role in the overall character of the hemp product.
These natural plant compounds are a powerful ally on the journey to health and wellness. Natural remedies are a great way to access our innate healing potential! At Pure Relief, we are all about finding a clean and balanced way to stay healthy. Your commitment to a healthy lifestyle including diet and exercise while enjoying our products will set you on the right path. Also, keep up with our website to see the latest in cannabis/hemp news.