Terpenes: the essential oils of the Cannabis plant
I'm sure, by now, you have heard the term terpenes floating around in connection with CBD. When discussing Full Spectrum CBD, cannabinoids and terpenes are often touted as benefits of Full Spectrum to achieve the "Entourage Effect." The entourage effect is best described by Leonard Leinow, author of CBD, as "the synergy of pharmacological effects that occur through the interaction of cannbinoids, terpenoids and other compounds found in the whole cannabis plant."
Terpenes are compounds made of hydrocarbons. There are so far 100 identified terpenes found in the Cannabis plant. Like CBD, they also have many medicinal benefits. Much like the numerous essential oils popping up in every store and Facebook feed, terpenes have aromatherapy benefits.
Some of the most common terpenes found in the Cannabis plant:
Pinene: Found in orange peels, pine needles, basil, and parsley, has anti-inflammatory properties. It’s been known to counter short-term memory loss from THC, improve airflow to your lungs, and promote alertness.
Myrcene: Myrcene can be found in mangoes, hops, thyme, lemongrass, and basil. Myrcene has also been shown to be useful as an anti-inflammatory, a sedative, and a muscle relaxer.
Limonene: Found in citrus fruits like lemons, oranges, mandarins, limes, and grapefruits. Limomene can elevate mood, relieve stress, and has antifungal and antibacterial properties.
Humulene: Humulene is found in hops, coriander, cloves, and basil. It’s best known for its anti-inflammatory properties and its ability to suppress appetite.
Linalool: Found in mints, herbs, cinnamon, and rosewood, it is known for its stress-relieving, anti-inflammatory, and anti-depressant effects. Linalool can also be used as a decongestant and help relieve respiratory issues.
Caryophyllene: Caryophyllene is found in basils, cloves, cinnamon leaves and black pepper. Studies show that it can help treat anxiety, depression, and act as an anti-inflammatory. One study even suggests it may curb alcohol cravings.
- Terpinolene: Terpinolene is sometimes described as having a citrusy, pine, floral smell. It has a relaxing effect and a 2012 study demonstrated promise that it may inhibit the growth of cancer cells.
With the medicinal benefits found in terpenes coupled with the benefits CBD provides, full spectrum CBD creates a powerful analgesic. It is an all natural alternative that is helping more people everyday as they discover the many benefits for themselves.
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