Why Terpenes Matter and What You Need to Know About Them

Why Terpenes Matter and What You Need to Know About Them

June 9, 2019

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As more and more CBD products hit the market, it’s important to understand what separates the good from the great. Unfortunately, because CBD and its products are so new to so many people, it’s easy to get confused. The most important thing to remember when shopping for CBD products, however, is that not all extraction methods are equal. While some brands look to spend the least amount of time and money possible in order to create a product, Colorado Botanicals goes above and beyond to make sure that you receive the maximum benefits possible. That’s why there are so many people with very different CBD product experiences.

If you want to really understand the benefits of CBD and experience them for yourself, you need to use products that have been created the right way. And, in the CBD world, the right way means that they include terpenes.

What Are Terpenes?

Terpenes are present in every single plant on earth. They are what give plants their flavor, their unique fragrance, and their colorful appearance. Basically, whatever you can sense about a plant is created by its terpenes. These terpenes are present in plant oils and, as of now, there are about 20,000 known terpenes. What is fascinating in the world of hemp is that at least 200 of these known terpenes are created by the cannabis plant alone.

In the cannabis plant, terpenes, like humulene, caryophyllene, and linalool, are powerful anti-inflammatory agents that amplify the benefits of CBD. When a CBD product has terpenes intact, it’s better able to treat anxiety, ease pain, and improve depression – just to name a few of the massive benefits. As more research is being done about terpenes and their benefits, there’s growing evidence that to create CBD extracts without terpenes is to remove one of the most powerful components.

Not only are some terpenes, like bisabolol, proving to be able to fight cancer, but ones like linalool are demonstrating amazing results when it comes to relieving stress. And, remember, stress is often the number one underlying factor of major health issues most modern adults are facing. According to a report published in the British Journal of Pharmacology, the powerful therapeutic effects of terpenes are the defining difference between “CBD-only” products and those that really help people, whether that’s treating ulcers and auto-immune disorders, or giving individuals the support they need to treat pain, inflammation, depression, anxiety, addiction, epilepsy, and even cancer.

Let’s dive into why terpenes are so great for you.

A 2011 study published by neurologist and psychopharmacology researcher Ethan B. Russo, MD, found that “selective breeding of cannabis chemotypes rich in ameliorative phytocannabinoid and terpenoid content offer complementary pharmacological activities that may strengthen and broaden clinical applications and improve the therapeutic index of cannabis extract containing THC, or other base phytocannabinoids.”

In regular people’s terms, this means cannabis rich in cannabinoids (THC and CBD) AND terpenoids (terpenes) help with the therapeutic nature of cannabis. Terpenes play a role in your high, such as making you sleepy, helping with pain relief or making you energetic.

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To verify a terpene profile is present in a “Full Spectrum” or “Broad Spectrum” product always make sure to ask for a third-party lab report or also know as a Certificate of Analysis (COA) and look for the terpene profile.

Those aren’t the only benefits to the dynamic duo of cannabinoids and terpenes. Dr. Russo’s study also found that “phytocannabinoid-terpenoid preparation” could help with depression, anxiety, cognitive function and addiction. According to WikiLeaf, the terpene myrcene, the most common terpene found in cannabis, helps with the potency of THC, while caryophyllene and beta-carophyllene are known to help with neuro degenerative disorders, cancer and stress. Alpha and Beta-Pinene offer antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties, and limonene, like the compound found in the lemons, can help with mood, heartburn and pain.

Better Extraction, More Benefits

Known as the “entourage effect”, when terpenes and cannabis are able to work together, they become even more beneficial. Together, CBD can more easily pass through the bloodstream and, when terpenes come along for the ride, they bring their own medicinal benefits, too.

At Colorado Botanicals, we take care of our plants in order to create medicine, ensuring that all of the vital components, like terpenes found in CBD, remain intact. While the proper process requires more resources, it’s the only way to ensure that you’re receiving all of the benefits of the plant. Even “full spectrum” products don’t always have terpenes, which is why doing your research is so important.

Colorado Botanicals works hard to earn your trust by crafting products that are truly beneficial – and packed with the all important terpenes.

 

*These statements have not been evaluated by the Food & Drug Administration. Our products and the information on this page is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.*

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