Essential oils are natural oils that are distilled from plants, including trees, roots, leaves, seeds, fruits, and flowers. They’re used in a multitude of ways and they can have powerful effects in your life.
Also, different terpenes are carefully chosen to enhance the effects of our premium grade CBD. We call this smart spectrum ™ . For example, lavender essential oil and CBD are both independently known for their calming effects. Add them together and you have a smart spectrum ™ product.
While you may not realize it, you actually encounter terpenes every day. Let’s say you squeeze a lemon slice into a glass of water. That aroma is the result of a terpene called limonene. In fact, if a plant has a distinct smell or taste, terpenes are probably the reason behind it!
Terpenes in Essential Oils
In our most recent blog post, we talked about carrier oils and the role they play in CBD and essential oils. Today, we’re going to give you an introduction to another important component of Nature’s Ultra products: terpenes!
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Terpenes, on the other hand, are some of the many compounds found in essential oils. They’re usually the source of the unique smells and tastes of the oils, and depending on the oil you’re using, will help with different aspects of your wellbeing. So in summary, if you ever find yourself struggling to recall the difference between terpenes and essential oils, just remind yourself that terpenes are some of the building blocks of essential oils!
Terpenes and essential oils are often confused as the same thing, so let’s take a quick moment to clarify the difference!
Even though these terms are commonly used interchangeably, terpenes and terpenoids are not the same thing.
Astonishingly, there are over 200 different kinds of terpenes that have been identified in the cannabis plant, and each individual terpene is associated with its own unique effects!
If you’re familiar with essential oils, terpenes are a similar concept; lavender essential oil helps you to relax, and stop an itchy bug bite. Peppermint oil help lessen a headache, and lemon is great for all your natural cleaning needs. Terpenes are similar, and are actually found in essential oils. They are attributed to uplifting, relaxing, or healing effects.
Is There a Difference Between “Terpenes” and “Terpenoids”?
If you’ve had exposure to anything cannabis-related, you might be wondering, “what are cannabis terpenes, and do they matter?”
The rise of popularity in the cannabis industry has brought with it a whole new world of terms.
Terpenes are the naturally-occurring combination of hydrogen and carbon (pure hydrocarbons) while terpenoids are terpenes that are altered through an oxidation process (chemical modification).
Even though the medicinal benefits of terpenes are still being researched, recent studies have shown that they work in synergy with CBD, and other cannabinoids, to improve the value of cannabis products. The most important value of terpenes, when it comes to cannabinoids, is that they help speed up the absorption of cannabinoids into the bloodstream.
The essential oil revolution throughout the years has brought new scientific research and awareness of the numerous medical benefits of terpenes and aromatherapy. Terpenes offer help through the treatment of pain, inflammation, depression, anxiety, addiction, epilepsy, cancer, fungal and bacterial infections, and more.
Found in Mother Nature’s medical cabinet, terpenes are molecules that are found in the essential oils of plants and are the substance responsible for a plant’s distinct fragrance. Essential oils that hold numerous medicinal benefits such as increased blood flow, enhanced cortical activity, and the ability to kill pathogens. While lower levels of terpenes are found in many plants and insects to repel predators, cannabis is said to naturally have one of the highest levels of terpenes. Terpenes are also what give cannabis its distinct, strong smell.
Cannabinoids and terpenes work together to synergistically create what is known as the “entourage effect”, amplifying the therapeutic benefits of the plant’s individual components in the body. Through magnifying the effects of individual components, the medicinal impact of the whole plant is greater than the sum of its parts, thus “the entourage effect.”
Medicinal Benefits of Terpenes
While nearly all major terpenes in cannabis are anti-pain or anti-inflammatory, some can increase or decrease the psychoactive effect of the THC in cannabis, which can be an important factor when choosing between the 200 different kinds.
Terpenes used with CBD may take away THC’s psychoactive effects and only amplifies the beneficial effects of the cannabinoid-terpenoid interaction, without causing THC-induced anxiety.
No matter what need you’d like to meet, there is most likely a terpene for you!