What You Need To Know About Terpenes In CBD
What Are Terpenes?
Terpenes are simply aromatic organic compounds. Terpenes are found naturally in many plants and even in some insects. In cannabis, terpenes are the essential oils that enhance the effect of CBD and THC. Cannabis has naturally high levels of terpenes.
Why Do Terpenes Matter?
Many researchers have emphasized the pharmacological importance of terpenes. In addition to giving cannabis its natural, distinctive scent and flavor, terpenes have many medical benefits. These benefits include pain reduction, easing depression and anxiety, and fighting bacterial and fungal infections. Terpenes are also responsible for imparting the “Entourage Effect” of cannabis.
How Do Terpenes Work?
Cannabis has around 200 types of terpenes, but only a few appear in amounts substantial enough to be noteworthy. Among them are monoterpenes, diterpenes, and sesquiterpenes, characterized by the number of repeating units of isoprene. Isoprene is a 5-carbon molecule, and the structural hallmark of all terpenoid compounds. When combined with CBD, terpenes bind to neurotransmitters and receptors in the brain. Terpenes increase dopamine activity which helps ease anxiety, boost productive energy and ease pain.
Terpenes And The “Entourage Effect”
The “entourage effect” occurs when all of the compounds within the plant work together to magnify the plant’s therapeutic benefits. The Entourage Effect has long been associated with only THC cannabis. Today, new research has found that oil from hemp plants can also produce the Entourage Effect. This is great news for Hemp CBD users who want to experience the ultimate synergy of the cannabis plant and reap the maximum possible health and wellness benefits.