Terpenes & The Entourage Effect
WHAT ARE TERPENES?
Terpenes are Mother Nature’s small, aromatic molecules that give plants and fruit their unique scent and taste. Like essential oils, terpenes offer many different benefits for the body. Each type of plant or “strain” has it’s own specific blend of terpenes to give them their unique scent, taste, and effects.
Our organic terpene blends are made with pure food-grade terpenes that are isolated from all natural fruit and plant sources such as the zest of an orange or lemon. We offer 5 different strain specific terpene profiles to give you the taste, smell, and effects of these strains without any high and only the benefits of full-spectrum CBD!
A terpene molecule extracted from an orange is the same as a terpene extracted from the plant strain being matched. All of our terpenes are from organic and safe sources such as fresh fruit and plants. They play a co-staring role in the "Entourage Effect" and certain terpenes interact with the cannabinoids to produce certain benefits.
Please look under each individual "strain" to view the specific terpenes used. Here's a brief list of the terpenes we are currently using and their benefits.
Alpha-Pinene and Beta-Pinene: Anti-Inflammatory, Anti-Microbial, Bronchodilator, Memory Enhancer, Cancer Inhibitor
One of the most researched terpenes to date is known as pinene. As its name may suggests, it is the same terpene, that is responsible for the nostalgic and highly satisfying scent of pine and fir trees. As well as providing various cannabis strains with delightful flavors and taste sensations, pinene is also a player in the medicinal field and has been identified as a potent anti-inflammatory.
Overall, alpha-pinene is a formidable agent against many of today’s illnesses including inflammation, pain, memory problems, asthma, bacteria, viruses, and tumors. Coupled with all the other active cannabinoids and terpenes found in a single strain of cannabis flower, alpha-terpene stands out as one of the more appealing scents with a hot streak for memory and physical improvements.
The common theme of terpenes is that they’re good for our health and beta-pinene is certainly no exception to this rule. It’s known to increase mental focus and energy. It acts as a topical antiseptic and a bronchodilator, something that may make its use more beneficial in people who suffer from asthma or similar breathing problems.
Caryophyllene (or β-Caryophyllene): Pain Reducer, Anti-Anxiety, Anti-Depressant, Prevents Seizures, Anti-Inflammatory, Analgesic (pain relief), Kills Pathogens/Infections, Reduces Alcohol Cravings, Anti-Cancer, and Anti-inflammatory
Caryophyllene is a spicy, peppery terpene found in many different edible plants. Spices like black pepper, cloves, and cinnamon, as well as herbs like oregano, basil, hops, and rosemary, are known to exhibit high concentrations of caryophyllene. Due to its affinity to the peripheral CB2 receptors, caryophyllene often appears in anti-inflammatory topicals and salves.
Humulene: Anti-Bacterial, Anti-Inflammatory, Anti-Tumor, Hunger-Suppressor
Humulene naturally occurs in clove, basil, hops, and cannabis sativa. It carries a subtle earthy, woody aroma with spicy herbal notes you might recognize in some of your favorite strains. Though cannabis is commonly associated with appetite stimulation, humulene is actually known to suppress hunger.
Linalool: Anti-Anxiety, Anti-Depressant, Anti-Psychotic, Anti-Inflammatory, Analgesic (pain relief), Kills Pathogens/Infections, Sedative
Linalool is a common cannabis terpene displaying a floral aroma with spicy undertones. The soothing characteristics of this terpene have been used for centuries, as linalool is commonly found in lavender, in addition to several other flowers and spices.
Relaxation and stress relief are typical in linalool rich strains. Also known to carry anti-anxiety, analgesic and anti-inflammatory properties, linalool can also aid with insomnia due to its sedative nature. Linalool has a calming effect on the body and mind, acting as a potent muscle relaxer and possible antidepressant and antipsychotic. Cannabis based topicals will often contain linalool due to its soothing nature.
Limonene: Boosts Immunity, Improves Gallbladder Health, Indigestion Relief, Prevents Fatty Liver and Insulin Resistance, Prevents and Fights Cancers, Kills Pathogens/Infections, Aids in Weight Loss, Decreases Anxiety and Insomnia
Limonene, one of the most common terpenes in nature, is a major constituent in several citrus fruits, oranges, lemons, mandarins, limes and grapefruits and provides these fruits their pleasant scent. But aside from the sweet fragrance, consuming d-limonene can have a plethora of health benefits like lowering cholesterol naturally. Limonene is a promising lipid-lowering agent, which means it can help lower both triglyceride levels and cholesterol levels. The nutrient has also been shown to contain blood pressure-reducing properties.
Myrcene: Anti-Inflammatory, Analgesic (pain relief), Antibiotic, Sedative, Anti-Mutagenic
Myrcene (or β-myrcene) is a terpene that occurs often in highly fragrant plants and herbs such as mangoes, hops, bay laurel leaves, thyme, lemongrass, and basil. Another place you’ll find myrcene is in mangoes. Myrcene is produced by numerous cannabis strains, and some studies have suggested that it might lend sedative effects.
Anecdotal evidence suggests that eating a ripe mango prior to consuming cannabis may accentuate or extend the psychoactive effects of cannabis; some have suggested that this is due to the fruit’s concentrations of myrcene, which is naturally synergistic with THC and allows cannabinoids to more easily bridge the blood-brain barrier.
Each of our small batch strain specific profiles can contain a combination of the following terpenes:
"THE ENTOURAGE EFFECT"
The Entourage Effect is a term used to describe the synergistic interaction between terpenes and cannabinoids. The combined effects of cannabinoids such as CBG, CBN, CBD-A, CBD-V, CBC and terpenes are greater than the sum of their parts. CBD is also more effective when you use it along with other compounds of the actual plant, then when you use it alone.