Terpenes and CBD (Everything you need to know)
With so many CBD products on the market today, knowing what makes one product stand out is essential to choosing the right CBD product to alleviate your symptoms and have you find relief fast.
CBD has many benefits; however, to unlock its full potential, we must include naturally occurring cannabis terpenes in the mix so that CBD can get to where it needs to go and start relieving symptoms fast. In this article, we discuss what CBD is and how terpenes can bolster CBD’s effect on the body.
What is CBD (Cannabidiol)?
CBD, also known as Cannabidiol, has many reported therapeutic effects and has recently grown in popularity. It is one of the many cannabinoids found in the cannabis species of plants, including marijuana and hemp.
CBD offers significant benefits when treating anxiety, pain, inflammation, nausea, sleep disorders and more.
Many people with disorders such as Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, ADHD, Epilepsy, Multiple Sclerosis and Fibromyalgia are turning to CBD to reduce the uncomfortable symptoms accompanying these disorders.
Where can CBD be found?
CBD (Cannabidiol) can be found in many products available online, including sublingual (oral) CBD oil tinctures, CBD topical creams, CBD vaping liquids (also known as CBD Vape Juice), CBD oil for dogs and CBD oil for cats. The most popular these days is full-spectrum CBD oil which includes other cannabinoids and terpenes to bolster CBD’s effect on the body.
What are Terpenes?
Terpene is a chemical compound that gives plants their fragrance. They’re what gives pine trees their distinctive scent, for example, or the citrusy smell of lemons. They’re also found in cannabis, which is why many people say they can smell a strain’s flavour and quality before they even smoke it.
Lavender, for example, has an aroma which helps our body and mind relax to a calm state, making it easier to fall asleep.
There are over 30,000 terpenes in nature—the number could be even higher because scientists are still discovering new ones!
The Benefits of Terpenes
Terpenes offer many benefits on their own. The following list contains just some of the benefits you may experience from terpenes:
Antioxidant Properties: Terpenes help protect your body from free radicals that can damage your cells.
Pain Relief: Some terpenes have analgesic properties that can relieve those with chronic pain conditions or inflammation.
Anti-Inflammatory Properties: Inflammation is associated with several diseases such as asthma, cancer, diabetes, arthritis, heart disease and many others! The anti-inflammatory properties of terpenes can help reduce this inflammation so that it does not get worse over time!
Improved Mood: Many people report feeling happier after using cannabis containing specific terpenes such as limonene or pinene, known to elevate moods through inhalation or ingestion methods like vaping or eating edibles with these specific strains inside them, respectively!
Terpenes bolster CBD’s effects on the body.
Unfortunately, CBD alone will not do the trick to relieve symptoms for most people. For CBD to be effective, it must fully absorb into the body.
This is why many people try a product consisting of only CBD and find it does not relieve their symptoms.
When CBD is paired with specific naturally occurring cannabis terpenes, the body can fully absorb CBD. Terpenes allow CBD to pass the blood-brain barrier unlocking CBD’s true potential and creating what is known as “The Entourage Effect.”
Adding specific terpenes with CBD can control where CBD goes in the body to target particular symptoms directly.
Some CBD product manufacturers will include terpenes responsible for reducing pain and inflammation in the body. When we pair these terpenes with CBD, we get a double effect. The terpenes pass the blood-brain barrier and bring CBD along for the ride. Terpenes allow CBD to bind to receptors responsible for controlling how the body reacts to pain and inflammation.
We can also pair CBD with terpenes responsible for promoting relaxation and sleep. The result is CBD is more readily available to interact with receptors in the ECS responsible for promoting relaxation and better overall sleep.
Terpenes influence how CBD interacts with the ECS (Endocannabinoid System). They are the most important part of a good quality CBD product. Without naturally occurring cannabis terpenes, CBD will not be as effective in treating symptoms.
Most companies that provide CBD products will also offer 3rd party lab testing results to show you exactly what terpene profiles are included in their product. If the company does not divulge this information, shop elsewhere.