There are a number of terms and keywords that pop up when talking about CBDs; one of them is terpenes. Terpenes are described as the aroma-inducing compounds found in plants. They are responsible for natural smells like pine, lavender and other aromas with unique characteristics.
Of the several hundred terpenes found in the world, over 200 were discovered in cannabis plants. The terpenes in cannabis plants are specifically for their ability to help one feel relaxed and energised, however, only a few terpenes can be found in CBD oil.
The Terpene Experience
Terpenes have various uses around the world. They are most popular in aromatherapy for their natural and holistic effects. Adding terpenes to CBD oil offers greater health benefits, contributes to flavour and aroma, and enhances the effects of the CBD.
Terpenes vs Terpenoids
Searching terpenes often brings up the term terpenoids. So, what are terpenes? The difference between the two lies in their molecular structure rather than being two different things.
Terpenes are fresh terpenoids, producing the fresh aroma present in a living cannabis plant. It is what gives cannabis its distinct scent.
Terpenoids are the molecular change that happens when you dry and cure a cannabis flower.
Terpenoids are commonly used outside of cannabis to create perfumes, spices and essential oils. However, rising studies show that terpenoids as terpenes, can change and alter the duration and/or intensity of specific cannabis strains, while influencing the flavour and taste of the buds. When infused with CBD, the effects are greatly enhanced.
Common Terpenes Found in CBD Oil
CBD is the second most prevalent active ingredient in cannabis. It is derived from the hemp plan, a cousin of the marijuana plant. When full-spectrum CBD oil is made, it includes all the terpenes present in the specific genetic strain.
A good indicator of the type of experience terpene-infused CBDs have is by looking at the common types of terpenes found in CBD oil. Although this is not an exhaustive list, it covers the most frequently used terpenes.
Linalool is well-known for its distinct lavender aroma; it is present also in chamomile. The delicate floral aroma is known to have the following effects:
- Soothing effect
- Aids in sleep
- Rebalances emotions
- Has anti-anxiety effects
Limonene is a crucial component in many hemp extract products. It is commonly found in the zest of citrus fruits, as well as lime, peppermint, Juniper, and oranges. The bold, refreshing fragrance is known to have the following effects:
- Antifungal properties
- Reduces inflammation
- Revitalises energy and focus
- Enhances mood
- Reduces anxiety
It also boosts the absorption rate of other terpenes, while enhancing flavour and aroma profiles.
As the name might indicate, pinene is sometimes describes as the scent of walking through a forest; a pine smell, earthy smell. Pinene is commonly found in pine needles, rosemary, as well as various citrus fruits. Mentioned in Chinese medicine for its therapeutic quality, pinene effects include:
- Acts as anti-inflammatory
- Acts as antibacterial and bronchodilator ( explain)
- Increases alertness
- Boosts energy
Pinene is also found in several distinct strains of hemp.
Myrcene carries a rich, earthy and verbal herbal aroma; a smell similar to the cannabis plant. It is commonly found in cloves, lemongrass and mango. Myrcene’s effects include:
- Powerful relaxing effects, leading to drowsiness.
- Re-centres body
- Aids wellness
- Acts as antibacterial
- Helps pain-relief
Caryophyllene is a terpene with a woody, spicy aroma. It is common in black pepper, cinnamon, hops, basil, and cloves. Its effects include:
- Soothing effects on the body
- Acts as analgesic and anti-inflammatory
The LifePen Experience
Terpenes highly influence the experience of CBD products, including the flavour and aroma. As a natural compound found in most plants, they can also bring a wealth of benefits to the body.
LifePen seeks to offer the best experience terpenes offer through their cross-bred Sativa/Indica hybrid strains.
Sativa contains higher concentrations of pinene and limonene, while Indica contains myrcene.
LifePen offers a variety of strain profiles, crossbreeding famous strains to create refreshing flavours and tastes. Experience the LifePen lineage through its recognised strain profiles:
Each CBD product builds on the effects of terpenes, using various Sativa/Indica hybrid strains to create different ways to aid relief and enjoy positive health benefits.
To note: CBD oils are full-spectrum extracts, which means they contain CBD and other terpenes found in cannabis plants. CBD oil from hemp contains higher concentrations of CBD, while its THC content does not exceed the legal 0.3% limit.
Contact LifePen to find out more about our strain profiles.