Terpenes are natural aromatic compounds with various medical properties found in both plants and animals. In plants, hemp and cannabis plants mainly, terpenes are responsible for color, smell, and flavor. If you have ever been energized by the scent of an orange peel or calmed by the relaxing scent of lavender, you have encountered terpenes. However, terpenes are much more important than being responsible for scents or colors. They attract pollinators and repel predators; they also help plants recover from damage and boost plant immune function.
Benefits of Terpenes
Terpenes are bioactive, which means it interacts with the human body when inhaled or ingested. Terpenes bind to receptors in the human body and create physiological responses that influence different neurotransmitters like dopamine and serotonin. In other words, terpenes can positively impact our physical, mental, and emotional health. Further, studies have attested to the anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, anticancer, antiseptic, astringent, digestive, and many other properties of plant terpenes. Thus, terpenes have numerous health benefits. Perhaps that’s why it has been used for centuries in traditional medicines around the world.
Of all plants that carry medicinal terpenes, the *Cannabis Sativa plant has the most. 200 of the known terpenes are created by the cannabis plant alone. According to the author of this study, “This (cannabis) plant contains many medicinal properties like anticancer, antimicrobial, antifungal, antiviral, antihyperglycemic, analgesic, anti-inflammatory, and antiparasitic. Terpene is also used to enhance skin penetration, prevent inflammatory diseases.”
Knowing how terpenes work and the synergistic effects with other cannabinoids allow us to formulate products for specific conditions. In this formulation, we know terpenes Myrcene, A-Pinene and B-Pinene have analgesic (pain reducing) effects. We also know a cannabis strain President OG Kush have these dominant terpenes, we mapped the terpene fingerprint of Presidential OG Kush and added the terpene blend to Broad Spectrum CBD to create CBD Terpenes for pain.
*We use the term Cannabis Sativa to include both hemp plants and cannabis