The Benefits of Terpenes

What is a Terpene?

Terpenes are essential oils found in plants that make plants distinguishable by odor and health benefits.  For example, lavender, known for its scent and relaxing effects, gets many of its qualities from the terpene, linalool. Terpenes are extracted and used in the production of items from food to cosmetics.  The cannabis plant and cannabis products are often identified by their terpene profiles due to the high concentration of terpenes found in cannabis. Each cannabis strain has its own signature combination of terpenes that work together to create a distinguished scent and synergy–the same goes for CBD and CBG products.

Coastal Clouds CBD-Rich Flower and Hemp Roll Terpenes

When reviewing the ingredients of our Coastal Clouds CBD-Rich Flower and CBD-Rich Hemp Rolls, you will notice a list of compounds found under “Terpene Profile.” Each of these terpenes has its own flavor and list of benefits.

Myrcene

Myrcene is the most likely compound to be found in flower. Myrcene levels are used to differentiate between indica and sativa strains. Myrcene is found in common plants such as wild thyme, lemon grass, and cardamom. Its properties are triggered when paired with other hemp compounds and when heat is applied. Myrcene works synergistically with other hemp compounds, aiding in absorption and efficacy.  Myrcene’s flavor profile is earthy, herbal, and hoppy. In combination with other compounds, its benefits include pain relief, sedation, antibiotic properties, and reduction of inflammation.

Caryophyllene

Caryophyllene is spicy and musky terpene that can be found in black pepper, cloves, and cinnamon. Its most unique quality is found in its relationship to the body’s endocannabinoid system. Compounds found in THC normally bind with the body’s CB1 receptors and target the brain and nervous system. Caryophyllene binds with our CB2 receptors, meaning it does not produce the “high” feelings that THC produces, but targets peripheral organs to aid in reducing inflammation.

Limonene

Noted for its fruity, citrus aroma, Limonene is a terpene found in common cleaning products and cosmetics to improve fragrance. Naturally, it is found in orange peels, lemon peels, and juniper. Although research on this terpene is only just beginning, several benefits have been recorded when high doses of limonene were presented. These benefits include elevated mood, stress relief, and both antifungal and antibacterial properties.

Humulene

Similar to caryophyllene, humulene features a spicy aroma. Humulene aids in pharmacokinetics—the process of your body’s absorption of drugs. This terpene is found in hops, wood, and pine and adds an earthy, herbal taste to strains. Humulene’s benefits include anti-inflammatory and anti-bacterial properties. Humulene is also known for its ability to suppress appetite.

Pinene

Pinene is the most commonly found terpene in the natural world and is noted for smelling like a pine forest. Along with anti-inflammatory and anti-microbial properties that can be found in other terpenes, pinene aids in both pain and anxiety relief. Pinene is proven to help open airways and benefit the respiratory system. There is also research of pinene acting as a neuron protector which helps to combat memory loss.

Coastal Clouds CBG-Rich Hemp Roll Terpenes

Bisabolol

Bisabolol is found frequently in skin care products due to its soothing aroma and skin rejuvenating properties.  Found in few plants, bisabolol is most present in cannabis and chamomile.  Reviewing the historic uses of chamomile provides insight on the benefits of bisabolol. Many cultures recognize this terpene for its anti-inflammatory properties, its soothing effect, and its pain reducing qualities.  Research finds bisabolol an effective means of reducing anxiety, depression, and insomnia. Bisabolol has a mild, floral scent and is not an active player in the overall flavor profile of a strain.

Caryophyllene

Caryophyllene is spicy and musky terpene that can be found in black pepper, cloves, and cinnamon. Its most unique quality is found in its relationship to the body’s endocannabinoid system.  Compounds found in THC normally bind with the body’s CB1 receptors and target the brain and nervous system.  Caryophyllene binds with our CB2 receptors, meaning it does not produce the “high” feelings that THC produces, but targets peripheral organs to aid in reducing inflammation.

Guaiol

Guaiol is frequently found in commercial cannabis products. Like pinene, guaiol brings a minty flavor to strains while also bringing health benefits that have been tested since the 18th century. Modern research lauds guaiol for its anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, and anti-microbial properties. Found predominantly in guaiacum plant, an evergreen variety, guaiol adds a pine-like, wooden, and rose flavor.

Humulene

Similar to caryophyllene, humulene features a spicy aroma. Humulene aids in pharmacokinetics—the process of your body’s absorption of drugs. This terpene is found in hops, wood, and pine and adds an earthy, herbal taste to strains. Humulene’s benefits include anti-inflammatory and anti-bacterial properties. Humulene is also known for its ability to suppress appetite.

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