In short, Terpenes are essential oils that enhance the medicinal effects of CDB oils and they also have numerous medical benefits of their own. Terpenes are responsible for the unique effects of each strain of cannabis.
Terpenes (and terpenoids) are aromatic organic compounds which are found in many plants plus even some insects. Plants developed terpenes to ward off herbivores that might eat them and to attract helpful predators and pollinators. Cannabis is naturally rich in terpenes. In fact, cannabis flower gets its dank smell from being rich in terpenes.
Terpenes determine whether cannabis is energizing and uplifting or whether it gives you couch lock
There are many different types of terpenes, here are two of the main terpenes found in cannabis and the effect they have on cannabis. Myrcene increases the effects of THC. It induces sedation, anti-inflammatory, anti-cancer and analgesic (anti-pain) effects. Limonene is an energizing antidepressant.
Terpenes and their effects
Myrcene: Is the most common terpene found in cannabis. It is the “couch-lock” terpene for because of its highly-sedative effects.
Limonene: Common in citrus, it gives cannabis a highly-energizing effect and is a known antidepressant.
Terpinolene: Hasa smokey or woody aroma. It’s effects are slightly sedative, antioxidant, anti-cancer and antibacterial.
Beta-Caryophyllene: Gastroprotective (protects the stomach) and is a strong anti-inflammatory. Beta-Caryophyllene has a woody, peppery taste.
Alpha-Pinene: Energetic and therapeutic, this terpene is common in pine needles and gives cannabis a spicy, pine-like taste
Humulene: Is the main constituent of hops. It is a strong anti-inflammatory agent and a hunger-suppressant.
The Entourage Effect
When combined with CBD, terpenes provide a richer experience and greater medicinal benefit by producing a synergistic effect known as The Entourage Effect: CBD and terpenes work together to improve your health and enhance both physical and mental healing.
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