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.
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