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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.

  1.       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.
  2.       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.
  3.       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.
  4.       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!

 

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Do Terpenes Get You High?

As the CBD industry grows, more questions about other parts of the cannabis plant have been surfacing. For instance…there has been a lot of buzz around terpenes. Questions have been surfacing like…What exactly are terpenes? Do terpenes get you high? Are they legal?

So, in an effort to help our community better understand terpenes, we will address some of these questions here…

What Exactly Are Terpenes?

This is a good question that has been buzzing around as more people are throwing around the term “terpenes.” Terpenes are fragrant compounds found in plants that are responsible for the way a plant smells. They are found in herbs like rosemary, lavender, and basil and in fruits and vegetables like lemons and citrus. Terpenes are also found in cannabis and are responsible for the strong aroma and flavor of each strain of cannabis.

Do Terpenes Get You High?

Another great question we often hear is do terpenes get you high? In short, no. There is no THC in terpenes so they cannot get you high. They do, however, work closely in the brain to bind with naturally forming cannabinoids just like CBD does. So, they do work with cannabinoids and increase their benefits, but they cannot get you high on their own.

Each cannabis terpene does have a unique aroma and flavour profile and they each have their own benefits. For instance, the terpenes that smell like citrus (associated with lemons and oranges) have energizing benefits that may help with anxiety. Cannabis terpenes associated with lavender have a calming effect. So, while they cannot get you high (only THC can do that), they do have their own specific benefits and effects.

So, are They Legal?

While terpenes are legal, terpenes derived from cannabis are only legal in states where medicinal and recreational marijuana is legal.

Other Information We Should Know About Terpenes

We are still learning more about terpenes. What we do know, however is they are responsible for the unique aroma and flavour of each strain of cannabis, just like they are on other herbs. In more recent years, people have started to cook with cannabis terpenes to make their food more aromatic and to release some of the benefits associated with the different terpenes.

Some of the most common cannabis terpenes and their aromas include:

  •         Limonene: this cannabis terpene has a strong citrus smell and is associated with lemon.
  •         Linalool: this cannabis terpene has an aroma that is associated with lavender.
  •         Pinene: this cannabis terpene has a strong, distinct pine scent.
  •         Myrcene: this terpene has more of a subtle earthy scent and flavour.

Cannabis Terpenes Takeaways

As we continue to learn more about these amazing smelling compounds, we will continue to share! For now, next time you peel apart a cannabis flower and smell that incredible aroma, take it in and thank the plants’ naturally occurring terpenes for that sacred smell!

 

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UK Companies that Make CBD Oil

CBD has taken the health and wellness market by storm and has quickly become one of the most sought-after products in the UK. Several companies throughout the UK have begun to make and sell CBD oil. It is important that when you are shopping for your CBD products you choose a company that has high standards and produces high quality, naturally sourced CBD products.

There are large and small brands that make CBD oil and as you continue your search for a brand you love, here are a few things to consider…

  1.       Is the hemp used organically grown? When you are choosing a company to purchase your CBD oil from, make sure it is sourcing its hemp from a farm that uses organic practices. This will ensure that the hemp your CBD is extracted from is not grown with pesticides, herbicides, additives, or other harmful toxins.
  2.       Are all the ingredients used in the CBD products natural? It is important that all the ingredients (not just the CBD itself) used to make the CBD oil and other products are also 100 percent natural and free from pesticides, herbicides and other chemicals.
  3.       Does the company share its third-party lab results? Before purchasing your CBD oil and other CBD products, make sure the company not only has its CBD tested by a third party laboratory, but make sure it also shares the reports on its website.
  4.       What are other people saying about their products? When you go to purchase CBD oil in the UK, read through the product reviews to see what other people are saying. Just because a company is well known, it does not mean it’s the best. In fact, some of the new, smaller, craft CBD companies in the UK are where it’s at because they are dedicated to their craft and committed to producing the highest quality products for their community of loyal customers.
  5.       Price isn’t the end all, be all: When purchasing CBD oil, it is important to purchase a competitively priced product. Of course, you do not need to go with the most expensive product out there. Remember, just because it is a well-known brand or highly priced, it doesn’t mean it is the best on the market. Also, do not go with the cheapest. This could mean the company is cutting corners somewhere. Look at the product and the company, not the price tag!

So, what companies in the UK are making CBD oil?

We’ve created a list of some of the companies that make and sell CBD oil here in the UK.

  1.       The Farmula: of course we included ourselves! We are a craft company that produces all our CBD products right here in the UK with a small and passionate team of CBD enthusiasts. Our connection to nature is reflected in all our products. We keep it simple and let the ingredients shine. Our mission is simple: to create the purest CBD products with the finest ingredients, adding only a touch of innovation.
  2.       Excite CBD: this is a UK based CBD company that is based out of Scotland. We have respect for this brand as it also is naturally focused on quality and makes sure all its products are free from pesticides and other chemicals during the growth process.
  3.       Vibes CBD: another small company that is relatively new to the UK CBD industry is Vibes. We have a ton of respect for our brother companies that are dedicated to the craft and quality of their products.

Want to stay in the CBD Know?

To stay up to date on the latest trends in the UK CBD industry, follow our blog. You can also contact the Farmula directly for questions. We are a small team of enthusiasts that are all dedicated to making the purest, most natural CBD oil and products. We look forward to having you join our community!

 

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Can Terpenes be Used for Cooking?

Absolutely! And not only can they be used for cooking, but they can enhance the flavour and aroma of your dishes, taking them to the next level.

OK, so before we get into the art of cooking with cannabis terpenes, let me first tell you about natural terpenes found in other products we love to cook with. When you cut into a fresh lemon and you get that burst of citrus that makes you feel like summer is here, that is caused by a natural terpene!

Herbs, fruits, and vegetables that we all know and love to cook with because of their intense aromas, like rosemary, basil and citrus are all packed with natural terpenes. Terpenes, in nature, are responsible for the smells and flavours just as they are in cannabis plants.

Cannabis Terpenes You Can Pair with Your Dishes

Natural terpenes found in cannabis act just like those found in other herbs and vegetables. They are responsible for the intense flavours and aromas we all love!

So, when you think about cooking with cannabis terpenes, you should first think about what flavour you want to use and then you can find a strain of cannabis that has that specific profile.

For instance…if you are looking for something with a bright citrusy aroma and flavour that you can add to your favourite pastry or summertime cocktail or drink, you should go with a citrus cannabis terpene such as limonene. Or, if you are looking for something more subtle, chill, and relaxed, maybe you want to consider linalool, a cannabis terpene known for its lavender like aroma and relaxing effect.

Tips for Cooking with Cannabis Terpenes

If you are ready to cook with cannabis terpenes, here are a few tips we’ve discovered along the way…

  1.       When you are cooking with cannabis terpenes, it is important to think low and slow. High temperatures can damage cannabis terpenes.
  2.       When you are cooking with cannabis terpenes, consider using them in dishes that contain ingredients with the same strain of terpenes.
  3.       It is best to use terpenes and cannabinoids as part of a whole plant extraction or infusion when cooking because they have unique effects when used as a whole.
  4.       For the best medicinal values of cannabis, it is best to use whole plant-based ingredients when cooking as opposed to isolated terpenes.
  5.       Store your cannabis in a cool dark place to preserve the terpenes.

Types of Cannabis Terpenes and How to Cook with Them

Here is a closer look at some of the most common cannabis terpenes and what they pair well with in the kitchen…

  1.       Linalool: this terpene has a super strong aroma and is mostly associated with lavender. It is known for its anti-inflammatory and analgesic properties. Linalool pairs well with lemon-based dishes and desserts…as you are cooking with linalool, think lavender!
  2.       Limonene: this terpene has a strong citrus aroma and flavour and is mostly associated with lemons and oranges. Limonene pairs best with citrus-based desserts and dishes as well as with chicken dishes. This terpene is known to have energizing, uplifting and anti-anxiety properties.
  3.       Pinene: this terpene is responsible for that distinct pine smell. It can also be found in rosemary, basil, and parsley. It is best when paired with other robust herbs and used in meat dishes like steak, pot roast or chicken.
  4.       Myrcene: this terpene has an earthy scent and goes great with curry or salsa. It is mildly sedative and is one of the more relaxing, calming cannabis terpenes.
  5.       Caryophyllene: this terpene has an earthy, pungent flavour profile and should only be paired with dishes that already have super powerful flavour profiles as it can take over. This terpene can be found naturally in other powerful spices such as cloves and black pepper.

 

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Is There THC in Terpsolates?

Before we answer this question, let’s first talk about what the term terpsolate even means. This is a word that combines two popular words in the CBD world: terpene and isolate. The term terpsolate is basically a form of CBD isolate that contains cannabis terpenes.

You may now be asking yourself… ”what is CBD isolate?” CBD isolate is pure CBD alone, without any other parts of the hemp plant. So, unlike full-spectrum CBD which contains all the natural compounds that are found in the cannabis plant, CBD isolate is pure CBD without any of the other compounds.

So…the term terpsolate simply means pure CBD with the addition of cannabis terpenes. This combo creates a CBD isolate that has an aroma and taste, whereas CBD isolate on its own has no taste or smell.

Why Would Someone Want to Use Terpsolates Instead of CBD Isolates?

While terpsolate is not a full-spectrum CBD product, it has been proven that when you combine terpenes and other parts of the cannabis plant with CBD, the effects and benefits are more substantial. So, people tend to like using terpsolates because the benefits are stronger than those of a pure isolate.

So, Is There THC in Terpsolates?

No. Terpsolates, just like CBD isolates do not contain THC. This is another reason many people like to use them, because they get the benefits of CBD, enhanced by natural terpenes, without having any THC enter into their system.

How Do You Use Terpsolates?

Many people like to add terpsolates into their food products. Because they contain terpenes, they add a natural aroma and flavour to certain products. For example, you may try adding a touch of your terpsolate that contains terpenes that have a lemon flavour and smell to your olive oil to create a fresh, bright salad dressing.

Terpenes are what give different strands of cannabis their distinct smell and flavour. They also each have their own unique benefits. Some of the most known and used terpenes are:

  •         Linalool: this one is found naturally in the lavender plant. It has that lavender smell and is associated with calming, relaxing effects.
  •         Limonene: this terpene is found naturally in lemons and other citrus fruits and is known to cause uplifting, energizing effects.
  •         Myrcene: this one gives off a musky, mango-like smell.
  •         Beta-caryophyllene: this one is known for its peppery smell and flavour.
  •         Alpha-pinene: this terpene is found naturally in pine trees and is known for energizing benefits.

Benefits of CBD Terpsolates

Some of the benefits of using terpsolates include:

  •         The addition of terpenes to CBD isolates cause the benefits to become enhanced.
  •         You can choose the terpene that comes in your CBD so you can experience those particular benefits, flavours and smells.
  •         There is no THC in them.
  •         They smell and taste whereas pure CBD isolates do not.

Want to stay in the know?

For more information on CBD products such as terpenes and terpsolates, contact The Farmula today! All of our products are sourced with organically grown cannabis plants and are free from pesticides and additives. We would be happy to answer all your questions and help you find a product that matches your needs.

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What are Terpenes Used For?

As CBD becomes increasingly popular, new buzz words continue to surface. One of these words, which you may have heard of, is “terpenes.” So, what are terpenes and what are they used for? Before we get into what they are used for, let us first discuss what they are.

Terpenes are fragrant compounds that can be found in the bud or flower of the cannabis plant. They are responsible for the smell that each plant produces and are believed to increase the healing effects of the plant. There are more than 200 different types of terpenes found in the cannabis plant, all of which have different aromas and powers.

While some terpenes result in a mildly sweet and floral scent, others are woodsier like pine. Have you ever smelled a cannabis flower and then smelled another bud from a different plant and got a completely different aroma? Well, you can thank the terpenes for that! They are responsible for the different aroma each plant produces, giving us the sacred experience of smelling cannabis flower.

Some of the aromas produced by different cannabis terpenes include:

  •         Sweet, floral
  •         Pine-like aromas
  •         Peppery, spicy
  •         Musky, earthy
  •         Pine and fir
  •         Fruity, citrus

So, what are Terpenes Used For?

Terpenes are believed to enhance the healing properties of the cannabis plant. Just like other plants such as lavender, peppermint and lemon, cannabis terpenes are often used in essential oils. They are used in essential oils because of their relaxing, uplifting and healing properties.

Terpenes are believed to work well when combined with CBD and other cannabinoids as they allow them to be absorbed into the bloodstream quicker. Terpenes carry their own set of unique benefits as well, so when combined with CBD, they tend to add value to the product. For example, if someone is looking for a relaxing CBD oil that can be used at night before bed, he or she may look for a product that contains terpenes such as linalool and myrcene, two terpenes that are known for their gentle, relaxing effects.

Or, one the other hand, if someone is seeking a CBD oil that can be used in the morning, he or she may want to look for a product with terpenes such as limonene and caryophyllene, which are known for more energetic, mind-clearing properties.

Terpenes Found in Full-Spectrum CBD

Terpenes in CBD oil are most abundant in full-spectrum products. So, it is important to keep in mind that if you are looking for CBD oil that is full of naturally occurring, beneficial terpenes, you will want to go with a full-spectrum product.

Although more research is needed to learn about all the different terpenes and their unique benefits, we do know that the fragrant compounds have special benefits and can enhance CBD oil to give a more complete experience. As a natural component of hemp, terpenes provide an added boost to any hemp-based product such as CBD oil.

Want to Stay in the Know?

For more information about cannabis products, contact The Farmula today! We would be happy to answer any questions you may have and help you get the products that are right for you.

 

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What is the Difference Between CBD and Terpenes?

As more people use cannabis products and more in-depth research is done around the benefits of cannabinoids such as tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) and cannabidiol (CBD), we are learning that these aren’t the only important compounds found in the marijuana plant. In more recent years, another class of compounds called terpenes have been discovered and they seem to play another important role.

Terpenes are fragrant compounds found in the cannabis flower. They are responsible for the unique smell and taste of the flower. If you are anything like us, you know that the act of touching and smelling the cannabis flower is sacred. The aroma is what sets each plant apart and draws us in. Whether it is a pine like smell or a fruitier scent with hints of citrus, we all know the feeling that arrives when we smell a good bud. This, my friends, is what we can thank the terpenes for!

But we have begun to learn that the aroma is not all the terpenes are responsible for. In fact, cannabis terpenes have been associated with unique benefits and, most importantly, they help cannabinoids such as CBD enter the bloodstream faster and work their therapeutic magic.

So, what is the Difference Between CBD and Terpenes?

While we’ve already discussed what terpenes are, we will continue to unpack what they are used for and how they differ from CBD.

  •         Unlike CBD, terpenes are not unique to marijuana. In fact, the fragrant compounds are found in most vegetables and edible herbs.
  •         Unlike CBD, there are more than 200 different types of cannabis terpenes, all of which have unique smells and benefits.
  •         Terpenes have been found to enhance the effects of THC and CBD. So, although people can experience the therapeutic effects of CBD in its pure, isolated form, the effects are greatly amplified when they are full-spectrum and combined with terpenes.

Are Terpenes Better than Cannabinoids?

Neither is “better” than the other. They both have their own unique benefits…what we do know however, is that they work in sync with one another.

What are the Benefits of Terpenes?

There are over 200 terpenes found in cannabis, all of which have unique benefits and smells. Some of the most common terpenes and their benefits include:

  •         Linalool: this terpene is also found in the lavender plant and is known to help reduce stress, anxiety and depression. It has a strong lavender smell.
  •         Myrcene: this is one of the most common cannabis terpenes and is known to help ease muscle pain and inflammation. It has more of an earthy/musky smell.
  •         Limonene: this terpene has a distinct citrus smell and is known to improve mood and relieve heartburn.
  •         Beta-caryophyllene: this terpene is also found in common herbs such as pepper and oregano and can help reduce inflammation and treat ulcers.
  •         Alpha and beta-pinene: this has a more piney smell and has been linked to the improvement of memory and alertness.

While more research needs to be done to determine the full effects of terpenes, we already know that they enhance the effects of CBD and have many more benefits of their own. Just like CBD, these fragrant compounds are important parts of the cannabis plant that should not be overlooked!

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