Terpenes are typically associated with CBD products, and whether you’re brand new to CBD or have been using it for years, you might have some questions. It seems like each product has a list of terpenes which are usually words you can’t even pronounce, but what are terpenes, and what do they actually do? In this article, we answer these questions so that you are able to find the best product for you.
Here at Pure Roots, all of our CBD is considered full-spectrum. This means that we make use of the entire hemp plant when formulating our CBD rather than using only cannabidiol like other CBD isolate products. So what does this mean with regards to terpenes? Well, when the whole plant is used, there are terpenes present meaning that the user can get more benefits out of their CBD than the CBD isolate products.
This leads into the question of what exactly terpenes are. Although terpenes are most commonly used to describe hemp products, they can actually be found in almost all plants. When you cook with herbs or just walk by and smell some flowers, you have interacted with terpenes.
When terpenes are found in cannabis, they are responsible for giving the plant its smell. Hemp products often have no smell, so it is actually terpenes that provide their unique fragrance.
Besides being responsible for the smell, terpenes serve a greater purpose and can provide benefits to each product. The research into CBD and other hemp products is relatively new, but terpenes have existed for a long time. Scientists who have been researching different terpenes have come to the conclusion that terpenes could be associated with different beneficial, therapeutic-like effects upon use.
The Entourage Effect
Hemp alone has hundreds of terpenes that interact with each other. Our full-spectrum CBD products rely on something called “the entourage effect” where different terpenes can be used to create different effects. Each one of our products has the most prominent terpenes listed, and they work better together to potentially help provide relief to different ailments. Below you’ll find a list of some of the most common terpenes found in our products and what they could help you with, so that you can know what to look for when choosing a product.
Alpha_Bisabolol: Alpha_bisabolol can be found in chamomile giving it a similar scent to the flavor profile found in chamomile tea: floral and sweet. It is known for being anti-bacterial as well as acting as an anti-inflammatory. Some have paired it alongside their medical treatments to possibly help treat symptoms of leukemia.
Beta_Caryophyllene: Beta_Caryophyllene comes from black pepper, cloves, and cinnamon which obviously gives it a rather spicy scent. Some believe that beta_caryphyllene can be used in pairing with medical treatments to help aid symptoms of epilepsy. It is also good for anti-anxiety, chronic pain and muscle spasms as well as helping with insomnia.
Pinenes: Pinene can be found in pine needles as well as other herbs like rosemary and parsley. The scent’s derived from pinene are turpentine, pine, and dill giving it an outdoorsy scent. Pinene is typically used to help aid respiratory issues like asthma, but it could also be an anti-inflammatory or help stimulate users’ memories.
Myrcene: Myrcene is one of the most common terpenes found in CBD. It can be found in hops, mango and lemongrass and is described to have an herbal or earthy scent. Myrcene is known to act as a sleep aid, but it is believed that it can also be used as an anti-inflammatory.
Alpha_Humulene: Much like myrcene, alpha_humulene is also derived from hops but can also be found in coriander and basil. It also has the same Earthy scent as myrcene. However, alpha_humulene is most commonly used for pain relief and is anti-bacterial.
Guaiol: Guaiol can be found in guaiacum and cypress trees with its scent being compared to the woods with a hint of rose. It is said to have antimicrobial and anti-inflammatory effects.
Caryophyllene_Oxide: Caryophyllene_Oxide is derived from cloves, pepper, lavender, and rosemary giving it a similar peppery scent to Beta_Caryophyllene. It is known to have both antifungal and anti-coagulant properties.
Linalool: Linool can be found in both lavender and bergamot giving it a floral scent. It can be used to help with the typical reasons associated with why people use CBD: anti-anxiety, pain relief, and antidepressant.
In our full-spectrum CBD, terpenes do a lot more than just give our products a certain smell or taste. Each of our flowers list their most prominent terpenes, and when these terpenes interact, they could give you the desired effect that you would not be able to achieve when using only CBD-isolates. It is always good to do your own research, but this article should provides a good introduction as to what terpenes are and which ones to look out for in our products.