More and more people have hopped on the CBD-train since its industrialized hemp was legalized in the America. CBD is now seen more clearly for what it is: A potent and powerful, natural remedy. CBD has stolen the spotlight in the mainstream market, but what about the opening act? I present to you, the opening act: Terpenes.
Terpenes are the lesser-known compounds that play a critical role in CBD’s therapeutic benefits. These aromatic oils not only add pleasing scents and favorable flavors to our everyday products, but they also provide a handful of health benefits! Terpenes are said to help with an assortment of ailments and conditions, ranging from depression and anxiety to chronic pain and dementia. The real show-stopper about these fellas though, is that they work synergistically with cannabinoids like CBD to maximize its provided benefits! At Seabedee, we take full advantage of the terpene research available, composing CBD products with our proprietary terpene blends that target condition-specific needs. Some of our most popular CBD oils that are made with specific terpene blends include our CBD Recover Blend, CBD Calming Blend, CBD Sleep Blend and our Extra Strength CBD Blend.
But we aren’t just going to tell you about our amazing products with our perfected proprietary terpene blends (although, we certainly could). Today we are going to talk specifically about terpenes, and why they’re so phenomenal— especially when they’re teamed up with CBD. Here’s the inside scoop on all-things terpenes!
So what’s so special about terpenes?
Outside of their specialties associated with CBD and other cannabinoids (don’t worry, we’ll come back to that), terpenes are generally appreciated for their fragrant value. These aromatic compounds add a characteristic flavor or scent to numerous products on a variety of industry’s shelves, in an all-natural way. In nature, this tasteful terpenes are what give plants, like flowers, fruits and herbs, their signature scent₁. Terpenes do a lot to help sustain plant life, for example, terpenes may attract pollinators, stimulate plant recovery, repel predators and even provide the plant with immune support! In sum, terpenes are potent and essential to plants, and are especially sought-after for their scent-savviness.
Alright, they sound pretty great. But let’s track back to the previous question: What do terpenes have to do with CBD and other cannabinoids?
Yes, let’s talk about that. Cannabinoids such as CBD, THC, CBN, CBG, etc., are all chemical compounds that act on the ECS and interact with brain receptors. The specific way that the cannabinoid interacts with the brain receptors determines its effect, which in CBD’s case, is purely medicinal and non-psychoactive. Terpenes are also found in the cannabis plant, but they are aromatic compounds rather than chemical. The mix of these two types of hemp-derived compounds, however, is legendary: When terpenes come together with cannabinoids, they manifest transformative results by means of synergy. When terpenes, cannabinoids and other potent plant ingredients are combined, they create what is known as the entourage effect. The term “entourage effect” describes the heightened effectiveness of compounds that interact synergistically, thus delivering maximized benefits. When terpenes team up with cannabinoids like CBD, the entourage effect is brought into action and benefits are brought to a maximum! Research studies compared the effects of purified CBD versus CBD combined with terpenes, and the results prove to be more effective when terpenes are included! Go terpenes!
CBD and terpene blends sound like the dream-team! So, which terpenes are the best!?
There are over 200 terpenes found in hemp, and they all have unique and powerful effects that may promote health and wellbeing. For example, limonene is a popular, lemony-scented terpene found in hemp, which has evidenced several medicinal properties including anti-inflammation, anti-cancer, antioxidant, antiviral and antidiabetic. alpha-Pinene is the most prevalent terpene found in nature, and carries a rich pine scent along with natural analgesic, anti-bacterial, anti-fungal, anti-inflammatory, and antioxidant properties. Myrcene is another readily abundant terpene in nature, and luckily so considering its antibacterial, anti-inflammatory and analgesic properties. Linalool is another prominent terpene, best known for its distinctive lavendar scent and benefits including relaxation, anti-anxiety, anti-inflammatory, neuroprotection, antimicrobial and antiviral.
Want to learn more about specific terpenes to look for in your CBD blend?
Check out our blog, The Top 7 Terpenes Found in Hemp!