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WHAT ARE TERPENES?
If you’ve been researching or taking CBD, then you have most probably read a lot about cannabinoids, especially cannabidiol (CBD). As well as these you have also heard of terpenes, but like most people, you’re probably unsure what they are.
Terpenes (pronounced tur-peens), or terpenoids, are natural, organic compounds found in the oils of all plants, they control the unique taste, smells, and colours of all plants, including cannabis. Terpenes are found in nature, everywhere.
Known scientifically as 'Aromatic Hydrocarbons', which are molecules that fill our noses and bind to our smell receptors. There is still very little known about what terpenes can do for us, as research is still in its early days but what we do know is...
Terpenes are a major part of the cannabis plant and are secreted in 'Trichomes' these are tiny hairs on the plant that produce oils. The main reason for their existence within the plant itself is to protect it from being eaten by insects and spider mites.
There are over 20,000 different terpenes in existence and at least 100 are produced by the cannabis plant.
They are the basic components in essential oils and are frequently used in food additives, perfumery, and aromatherapy - what we sense in fruits, meals, flowers, and even cleaning materials are terpenes.
We all know an odour when we smell it, from banana to lemon or pepper to pine, these fragrances come from ‘terpenes’.
Found in large quantities within plants, herbs, fruits and even on some insects, terpenes are naturally produced. The production of terpenes in plants has naturally evolved over time, in order to attract pollinators, and act as a defence against predators as well as protecting the plant from environmental factors such as temperature, humidity and UV rays. As well as this, they also slow plant maturation and regulate metabolism.
After they are dried, terpenes are labelled as 'terpinoids'.
They play an important role in both the animal and plant kingdoms.
THE MOST COMMON TERPENESHere we look at the most commonly known terpenes, where they are found and their characteristics.
Found in: Pine Cones, Pine Trees, Rosemary, Dill, Basil, Parsley, Cannabis Sativa, and Sage.
Pinene is the most commonly found terpene in the natural world.
It is responsible for giving pine tree’s, pine oil etc. its distinctive fresh piney fragrance.
Found in: Cannabis, Cinnamon, Oregano, Cloves, Basil, Rosemary, Black Pepper plus more.
Caryophyllene is one of the most common terpenes found in the cannabis plant, and it is what provides that spicy zing you taste in black pepper.
Found in: Most often found in highly fragrant plants, fruits and herbs such as Mangos, Eucalyptus, Hops, Bay leaves, Thyme, Lemongrass, and Basil.
Myrcene is the most abundant terpene within the cannabis plant, it is also largely present elsewhere in nature.
The myrcene aroma is earthy, fruity, and clove-like, and is often referred to as one of the most 'earthy' smelling kind, containing musky aromas likened to cloves.
Found in: Cinnamon, Citrus, Laurel, Birch, Coriander, Rosewood and Lavender.
Linalool is known for its pleasant floral scent, likened to a bouquet of flowers with a touch of spiciness.
This terpene is often used in hygiene products such as shampoos, soaps, creams, and cleaning products.
Found in: Lemons, Limes, Grapefruit, Oranges, Juniper, Peppermint, and Citrus rinds.
Limonene is the second most abundant terpene found in the cannabis plant.
A powerful terpene, with a potent but nice fragrance. Primarily used in food flavouring, but can also found in cleaning products.
Found in: Pine Trees, Sage, Cloves, Basil, Hops and Ginseng.
This terpene can be found in a wide variety of plants.
Humulene has subtle earthy, woody and spicy scent, and is what gives hoppy beers their distinct taste and aroma. This terpene is partly responsible for giving cannabis its unique odour.
WHY ARE TERPENES IMPORTANT TO FULL-SPECTRUM CBD?
It has always been believed that terpenes were only responsible for the aroma, but it is now understood they actually enhance when they work together with all compounds of the cannabis plant. When this occurs its known as the ‘entourage effect’.
Terpenes are a lot more than just the aroma and taste, even though the compound, Cannabidiol (CBD), can be consumed as a supplement alone. When it interacts and combines with the terpenes of the plant, collectively they magnify and create a greater, stable balance of nutrients.
SUPPORT YOUR ENDOCANNABINOID SYSTEM (ECS)
What is the Endocannabinoid System?
The Endocannabinoid System also known as ECS is an extremely important and complex system within the human body.
The ECS is still a fairly new area of observation, as it was only just discovered in the 1990's and there is a lot more research still to be done in order to understand its functions fully.
CBD (Cannabidiol) food supplements provide a source of phytocannabinoids which support the ECS (Endocannabinoid System), helping to naturally maintain your overall health and wellbeing.
DO WHAT IS RIGHT FOR YOU ...
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Regardless of the choice you make, all options are entirely safe and you can never have too much of them. Just start slowly and play around with the amount you take gradually until you find an amount that works perfectly for you.
We recommend that you should always choose what you think and feel is right for you personally when it comes to finding the best way to take CBD oil. And with so many products on offer and so many different ways to take CBD, finding something you’re comfortable and happy with should be easy!
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