How Do You Use Terpenes?
With the new term “terpenes” arriving on the CBD scene recently, it is no surprise so many of you are asking how you use them. To understand how to effectively use terpenes, let us first talk about what they are and why they exist…
OK…so what are terpenes? Terpenes are basically the essential oils produced by plants and other natural resources that give them their distinct smell and flavour. They are what give lemons that uplifting burst of citrus and pine trees that distinct smell we all associate with Christmas.
Terpenes are found everywhere in nature and no matter where you go, what you eat, and what you do, you will encounter terpenes every single day of your life.
There are more than 30,000 different strands that have been identified so far. Isn’t that crazy to think about? They are what give fruit, herbs, and plants their distinct smell and taste. Just like fruits and other plants, the terpenes found in hemp plants are what give each strain of hemp a unique smell and taste.
What are Terpenes Used for and Why Do They Exist?
Well, we now know that terpenes are what give plants and herbs their distinct aroma and taste. But why? In nature, terpenes are used as a defence mechanism for plants to keep bugs and predators away. But, as consumers, we may use terpenes in the form of essential oils to make our homes smell a certain way or in our food to make certain flavours stand out.
So, How Do You Use Terpenes?
Terpenes in the raw form are very potent. When they are extracted from a plant, they should be diluted and used carefully before being added to food or placed on the skin.
They can be used in…
- Essential oils to fill a home with a certain aroma and release benefits such as energy or calming effects.
- Foods…as more people are discovering the benefits of terpenes, more people are cooking with them and using them to enhance the flavors of their foods. For instance, the terpene found in lemons that gives them a vibrant citrus smell and taste can be used to add a fresh flavor and smell to olive oil to create a vibrant, fresh salad dressing.
- CBD oils and isolates to enhance the benefits…when cannabis terpenes are combined with CBD isolates, they enhance the benefits and add a smell and taste. Full spectrum CBD oils comes with terpenes as well and are said to have stronger benefits than CBD isolates alone.
Types of Terpenes Found in Cannabis
Hundreds of different terpenes have been found in cannabis, so we will just discuss a few of the most common here so you can get a better understanding of what they do for the cannabis plant.
- Myrcene: this is the most abundant terpene found in cannabis and is associated with and earthy, clove-like smell. This terpene helps reduce inflammation and pain and has sedative effects. Cannabis strains with this terpene include Skunk XL, White Widow and Special Kush.
- Limonene: this terpene is known for its citrusy smell and is found in cannabis strains such as Super Lemon Haze, Sour Diesel and Jack the Ripper. It is known to enhance mood and reduce stress.
- Linalool: this terpene is what gives cannabis that distinct floral aroma. It can be found in other plants such as lavender, mint and cinnamon. It is known to help with depression, seizures, insomnia and cancer.
- Caryophyllene: this terpene has a spicy and peppery smell and taste and can be found naturally in spices such as pepper cloves and oregano.
While the list goes on and on, these are just a small handful of the most common. In short, terpenes are used to enhance the smell and flavor and each strain comes with its own set of health benefits.
For more information about terpenes and how they are incorporated into our natural CBD products, contact The Farmula today!