As mentioned in our previous post, leading cannabinoid researcher, Dr. Russo examined the benefits of using products containing cannabinoids, and he also extensively studied terpenes, which we’ll cover in this short post.
Terpenes are kinda like food flavouring and occur naturally in all plants. They give many plants, including the cannabis plant, their flavour and aroma. Dr. Russo’s research revealed that terpenes “could produce synergy with respect to treatment of pain, inflammation, depression, anxiety, addiction, epilepsy, cancer, fungal and bacterial infections.”
When terpenes are kept in a whole plant hemp oil (instead of extracted), the benefits are twofold. We share this in our video below.
Terpenes on their own can have powerful effects; which is why so many people enjoy aromatherapy oils. This is terpenes at work on their own. But what does the research show about terpenes when combined? It shows they can target specific struggles the body is having and course-correct – so to speak.
Limonene is an energizing terpene that can alleviate symptoms of depression.
Beta-caryophyllene is powerful in reducing inflammation throughout the body, including the gastrointestinal system.
Myrcene has sedative effects, which promote calmness and provide relief from anxiety.
Linalool also has antianxiety effects and is capable of acting as an antimicrobial.
Pinene combats cognitive and memory issues by increasing focus.
It may be obvious to you by now that terpenes are extremely helpful. When these compounds are combined with other cannabinoids the effects can be incredible. With just one dose, “checks and balances” in the body can be corrected.
There are several varieties of terpenes, each with their own individual benefits, which when combined activate the “entourage effect” between each terpene and cannabinoid found inside a full spectrum hemp oil.
Terpenes are the aromatic compounds found in cannabis and hemp plants; they are the aromatic compounds that give the plant its scent and flavour.
There are around 200 different variations of terpenes that have been discovered inside of the hemp plant. Many of them are cultivated exclusively for their unique benefits.
When you utilize a hemp oil that contains both cannabinoids and terpenes, you’ll enjoy the “entourage effect” – this is crucial if you want to maximise your results.
If you base your variations of terpene and cannabinoid combinations on the specific imbalances in the body you are wanting to ‘course correct’, you’ll notice a significant positive difference.
For example, combining myrcene, pinene, and caryophyllene can be used to relieve anxiety.
When combined with the cannabinoid CBG and linalool, limonene has shown effectiveness for treating methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA).
Linalool, limonene, and CBD are being used in conjunction to improve acne.
So, we hope that answers your question, what are hemp terpenes; and provides an outline for you to begin your hemp oil health journey.
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Leubke, Daniel. “What Are Terpenes? Why Do They Matter?” The Heylo Cannabis Extracts Blog. November 20, 2017. Accessed November 13, 2018. www.heylocannabis.com/post/what-are-terpenes.