If you have been reading up about CBD, then you must have definitely chanced across the word ‘terpenes’ plenty of times. So the question that is obviously in your mind is if they help. To answer your question, Yes, they matter a lot!
But what is the use of terpenes in CBD products? How do they make life better for you? What is it that terpenes are bringing to the table?
Let us find out. Read on…
What Are Terpenes?
These are natural compounds that everyone would have come across, but just not noticed-these are present predominantly in flowers, fruits and herbs. These are the compounds that are responsible for the aroma and are thought to increase the healing efficacy in plants
If you use essential oils, then your brush with terpenes is more than just a brush. Terpenes are active ingredients in them, such as lavender oil, peppermint oil and many others.
In the cannabis family of plants alone, there are close to 200 different kinds of terpenes that have been identified. Each of the terpenes brings to the table its own unique set of effects. Some of them that are present in CBD products include Myrcene, Pinene, humulene, Linalool and many others.
The health and wellness benefits of terpenes are still studied, but there is evidence showing that there could be a synergic effect that improves the effect and expand on the list of health benefits.
Are Terpenes And Terpenoids The Same Thing?
Even though both of them are used interchangeably, they are in fact not the same things. Terpenes are the naturally occurring pure hydrocarbons that are found in nature, whereas terpenoids are terpenes that have been altered as a result of oxidation.
When terpenes are oxidised and undergo chemical modification, they form terpenoids.
What Are The Benefits Of Having Them In CBD Products?
As mentioned earlier, terpenes help accentuate the holistic effects of CBD by synergically interacting with them. This effect is called the entourage effect. It is for this exact reason why it is advised to go for full-spectrum CBD products and give a lower preference to isolates. But then again, if you want to stay clear off THC then going broad spectrum can help you as well.
Terpenes in CBD, help in memory retention, reducing anxiety, pain, inflammation, elevate mood and behavior, helps to relax and unwind, increase alertness, and allows suppressing appetite- These are just the tip of the iceberg!
Having terpenes on your side can help make your CBD products effective. You are better with them than without!