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Why Terpenes Matter

Terpenes are natural compounds in the cannabis plant, but terpenoids are chemically altered terpenoids. Terpenes won’t get you high, although some can reduce anxiety or cause a sedative effect. The terpene profile of a cannabis plant, and how these terpenes are treated when CBD is created, can create what is called the “entourage effect”.

 

Why Terpenes Matter

 

More people are starting to find a love and appreciation for CBD. But there are many medicinal compounds in the cannabis plant.  While the cannabinoids THC, CBD, CBG and others provide potent relief, compounds called terpenes enhance those effects. Terpenes help give cannabis its aroma, flavor, and more and they are found in thousands of plants, including lavender, hops and pepper.  They are actually the building blocks of essential oils.

Terpenes play a pivotal role in the growth cycle of cannabis. They're found within trichomes on the cannabis plant and are a defense mechanism to fend off insects and animals.

Research also suggests that terpenes have therapeutic qualities much like the cannabinoids found in cannabis. Terpenes can also help influence the intake of cannabinoids via cannabinoid receptors throughout the body.

Terpenes won’t get you high, although some can reduce anxiety or cause a sedative effect. The terpene profile of a cannabis plant, and how these terpenes are treated when CBD is created, can create what is called the “entourage effect”.

The “entourage effect” magnifies the therapeutic effects of the plant’s individual components. It’s important to learn about what kinds of terpenes create what kinds of effects. Here are a few key terpenes and their properties:

  • Limonene
    Strong citrus smell. Anti-fungal and anti-bacterial properties. Increases mental focus and attention. Possibly beneficial for sexual health. May help treat depression and anxiety.

  • Linalool
    Floral, lavender smell reminiscent of fresh flowers. Sedative and calming effect, treats insomnia and anxiety.
  • Beta-Caryophyllene
    Spicy flavor found in herbs, spices and peppercorns. Local anti-inflammatory and pain reliever. Natural remedy for toothaches, anti-fungal.

  • Pinene
    Scent of pine and fir trees. Anti-inflammatory and local antiseptic. Positive effects on the memory. Boosts energy.

  • Terpineol
    Scent of lime blossoms and the pleasant smell of lilac. Sedative and relaxing effect.

  • Nerolidol
    Woody, earthy, bark aroma. Anti-fungal and effective in treating malaria, relaxing sedative effect.
  • Humulene
    Produces a flavor remarkably similar to hops. Research suggests that Humulene works as an appetite suppressant and as an anti-inflammatory.
    • Myrcene
      Believed to increase the longevity or ceiling of the effects of CBD and THC. It is one of the most common terpenes you will run across. Some early research suggests that the concentration of Myrcene could help decide whether a plant has a spunky, energetic effect or a couch-locked one.

    Terpenes help cannabis plants grow strong so they can become pungent and potent. They influence the taste and the smell of cannabis. They can also play important roles in the effectiveness of cannabis.  At Qulture, we believe so strongly in the power of terpenes, we've added special blends to each of our tinctures.  Our Full Spectrum Tincture promotes calm focus.  Our Sleep Tincture helps you achieve a deeper, more restful slumber. The terpenes in our Relief Tincture were chosen for their pain relieving properties and our Energy Tincture is blended with terpenes that are stimulating and known to be appetite suppressants.  Try any one and use the code TERPOFF to get 10% off your order.