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Plants never cease to amaze us. They live lives long beyond human comprehension, and gift us with their healing powers. Plants create one group of medicinal compounds, called terpenes, that we will focus on. Cannabis terpenes offer a host of potential benefits.
Let’s take a closer look at these chemical compounds and what they can do for you!
Terpenes make up a diverse class of organic compounds that give plants a distinct smell and protect the plant in a number of ways. Some terpenes give off an unpleasant odor that keeps herbivores away. Others produce an appealing aroma to attract pests to maintain and protect it.
Cannabis terpenes create the distinct colors, flavors, and fragrances consumers go wild over. Though hemp does not give off the potent aromas that some of the other Cannabis plants produce, it still contains 120 of these chemicals.
Here are some of the common cannabis terpenes found in hemp that may benefit you.
The hemp flowers, the portion of the plant that produces the CBD, contains high concentrations of monoterpenes. These compounds contain unique healing properties.
Though the smallest terpene, it constitutes the majority of terpenes found in Cannabis. This organic hydrocarbon gives off an earthy and somewhat citrusy scent and flavor. Moreover, myrcene offers healing properties.
Myrcene provides sedative effects, making it fantastic for treating stress and, reversing insomnia. It also works well as an anticonvulsant and antipsychotic.
If you experience inflammation and pain, this terpene can help. Aside from its analgesic properties, this terpene improves circulation and improves immune function, to help reduce inflammation.
In a rat study, this terpene improved glucose tolerance for the rodents. This suggests that it could aid in treating diabetes.
When used in conjunction with cannabinoids, like CBD, this terpene creates an entourage effect. This means that it improves the function of the cannabinoids by increasing the ability of the blood-brain barrier to absorb them.
Actually a terpinoid, slightly different than a terpene, pinene readily reacts with other chemicals, and so it serves as a precursor to some of the other biologically important terpenes. Though, even in this form, it offers some fantastic health benefits.
Pinene works as a bronchodilator, meaning it opens the airway to increase airflow. Essential oils containing this terpene may help people suffering from bronchitis breathe a little easier. It might also help asthmatics prevent an attack when used regularly, but does not substitute for prescribed rescue inhalers.
Antimicrobial properties in the terpene also make it a great local antiseptic. You can apply your essential oils directly to a wound to prevent infection from setting in.
This property, along with its anti inflammatory effects and fresh piney scent, also make it ideal for skin care. It may help keep your skin clear from acne.
This terpene carries a strong citrus odor. When using essential oils with limonene, this terpene enhances the absorption of other terpenes and cannabinoids through mucous membranes and skin.
This terpene helps relax the body, making it great for relieving anxiety. Limonene also elevates the mood, making it duo as a natural antidepressant.
With summer approaching, another effect of limonene may boost your mood as well. It suppresses the appetite and increases fat metabolism. These properties make it deal for weight loss.
Your heart can benefit from this terpene as well! Aside from taking off the extra weight that can create undue stress, limonene also lowers cholesterol levels and combats hypertension.
Like Pinene, Linalool is not actually a terpene either, but contains biological mechanisms too important not to mention. This compound is a monoterpene alcohol that gives off a flowery scent.
Linalool will help you sleep better, fight off both bacterial and fungal infections, and reduce inflammation. In fact, it offers such effective relief from inflammation, that it helps reduce lung inflammation and congestion for people suffering from pneumonia.
You will find sesquiterpenes secreted from the sticky resin glands of hemp. Though structurally different than monoterpenes, these compounds also carry health benefits.
This terpene adds a little spice to the hemp life with its peppery flavor. Like CBD, this terpene binds to CB2 receptors. In fact, it is the only terpene that does. Due to binding to these receptors located on immune organs and cells, Beta Caryophyllene works similarly to CBD in the body and synergizes with the cannabinoid.
Approved by the FDA as a food additive, this tasty terpene activates our bodies natural endocannabinoid system, and safely enhances essential oils. It works incredibly well for treating inflammation, mood disorders, and insomnia.
Addiction research revealed on of the compound’s most unique properties, showing its promise for treating alcoholism. This terpene lowered alcohol consumption in one study. Due to its endocannabinoid activation, it also helps ease the symptoms of alcohol withdrawal.
Also known as eucalyptol, this terpene gives hemp and eucalyptus some shared properties, However, the other terpenes and cannabinoids from hemp provide an entourage effect that offers greater healing potential.
This terpene increases cerebral blood flow. This helps to alleviate migraines and other headaches.
All that extra blood to the brain also boosts mental clarity. Using essential oils that contain it prior to exams or other mentally taxing activities may enhance your performance.
This Cannabis terpene also gives eucalyptus the throat soothing properties it is well known for. You can use this to alleviate cold and cough symptoms.
This terpene gives off more woodsy notes. It is also the first terpene discovered in hops.
This Cannabis terpene helps the plant fight fungal invaders. The antifungal property also transfers to humans when applied with essential oils. You can rub it on the nails and scalp to avoid unsightly infections that lead to breakage and hair loss.
Studies also show that this terpene reduces the size of certain tumors. This makes it a promising option for fighting cancer.
As you can see, essential oils containing Cannabis terpenes offer a full spectrum of wellness benefits. Plus, they tend to add flavor and pleasant aromas!
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