Terpenes 101: What They Are, What They Do, and Why You Should Care

September 6th, 2018

When discussing hemp and the extraction of CBD, the term “terpenes” is becoming more commonly used than ever. And the irony is, although most people are unfamiliar with the word, we are actually surrounded by terpenes. They can not only affect our senses, but they can even treat certain conditions.

At Innovative Separations, we’re not just a wholesale CBD company. We want to provide you with the information you need to make an informed decision when choosing the perfect CBD product for you. Let’s take a look at terpenes, their role, and what they can do for you.

 

What Exactly Are Terpenes?

Simply put, terpenes are the chemical compounds that give plants their aroma, flavor, and color. And when we said they’re all around us, we weren’t kidding. So far, scientists have identified over 20,000 terpenes. They’re what gives lavender and roses smell so pleasant, and what makes the basil on your pizza taste so good. And because of their aromatic properties, terpenes also the basic building blocks or many essential oils and perfumes.

But terpenes aren’t just for smelling. Due to recent studies and scientific breakthroughs, these compounds have shown to possess many beneficial health benefits. Some terpenes have antibacterial effects, while others have analgesic or anti-inflammatory effects. Some serve as antioxidants, and some even have anxiety-reducing characteristics. Clearly, terpenes have much to offer us in terms of physical and mental well-being.

Common Terpenes Found in Hemp

While there are well over 100 terpenes found in hemp, there are a few noteworthy ones that impart pleasant odors to the plant and contribute to its health benefits. Some include:

  • D-Limonene

This is a commonly-found terpene, and it has a characteristically citrus scent that’s also present in oranges, lemons, and grapefruits. Research shows it has antibacterial properties.

  • Myrcene

This gives herbs like thyme, parsley, and bay leaves their scent. It’s known to relieve muscle cramps through its anti-inflammatory properties, and can be used to treat insomnia.

  • Linalool

Responsible for giving lavender its characteristic aroma, this terpene is commonly used to treat anxiety and inflammation.

  • Alpha-Pinene

Known for contributing to the scent of pine trees, its also found in rosemary and is used to treat intestinal problems.

Bring the Entourage

Terpenes operate under the “Entourage Effect,” which means that when used together, they have significantly different and stronger effects than when one is used alone. This 2 + 2 = 5 synergistic effect is part of what makes terpenes so crucial in hemp and CBD production.

Terpenes aren’t just some fancy compound; they’re all around you. And they have much more to offer than smelling great — they can help to effectively treat us.

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