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Terpenes are chemical signals to by which a plant interacts with insects, animals, and its environment. Terpenes will either attract what it likes and repel all it does not. The one thing that terpenes were not meant to do was make you feel high in a psychoactive way. Cannabis, sativa, and hops produce and accumulate terpene rich resin in the glandular trichomes, which are abundant on the surface of female flowering parts and have been used in remedies for millennia. People who use cannabis believe that the terpene profile contributes to the medical properties of the plant.
There are different “strains” of cannabis and partakers describe different effects from each one. The cannabis plant has more than 100 different terpenes, designed to work synergistically with the cannabinoids to give you a great feeling of wellness called the “entourage effect.” Now that you understand a little bit about terpenes, here are the most common types.
Myrcene can be found in mangos and is the primary terpene found in cannabis. Some plants contain as much as 65 percent of their terpene profile from myrcene. High myrcene profiles are responsible for the sedating properties of this terpene. Plants with more than .05 percent myrcene are considered Indica. Myrcene also gives this terpene its distinctive aroma and is also anti-inflammatory.
This is the second most abundant terpene found in cannabis. It is also found in citrus fruits, which (you guessed it) give citrus fruits their citrusy scent. Limonene, while not in all strains, has incredible anti-fungal and anti-bacterial properties and can help bust stress and enhance your mood.
Pinene is found profusely in the pine tree and is responsible for the fresh pine tree scent. There are two varieties of pinene: Alpha, responsible for the euphoric pine aroma. And beta, which smells like rosemary, dill, and parsley. Pinene is a trusted bronchodilator and has strong anti- inflammatory and antiseptic effects that has been used for centuries in herbal medicine.
If you have ever caught the scent of lavender, then you will be familiar with this terpene. Linalool is a natural stress reliever, anti- anxiety, and anti-depressant.
This terpene has a spicy, woody, peppery scent and is also found in black pepper and cinnamon. Caryophyllene may help treat anxiety, depression, and inflammation.
This terpene is known to naturally decrease appetite and is found in cloves, hops, basil. Humulene also has anti- bacterial and anti- inflammatory properties.
Now that you know more about terpenes, we invite you to visit one of our Valley-wide premier stores to speak to one of our CBD Consultants. You will learn even more and may even walk out with a bottle of one of our many quality cbd tinctures! Our store locator and online shop can be found at www.cbdemporium.com. CBD Emporium wishes you and yours great health and peaceful mind.
By: Samantha Grey