So we left off in part 1 talking in general about terpenes and how they are GREAT compounds in our CBD oils. My analogy was that the CBD is the driver of the bus, but that the terpenes are the VIP passengers.They are not only there for the ride but also help create the experience. The experience is called the “Entourage Effect” and is commonly known as the synergy between CBD and the other compounds in the hemp plant that can create the overall wellness effect.
But today, let’s dive in just a little on some of the terpenes that are most present in our CBD and what they can do and where they come from. It is interesting how different hemp plants have varying compositions. But, in general, a plant might be composed of CBD, other cannabinoids and terpenes. The terpenes might compose about 4% of a plant. It doesn’t sound like much, but they are powerful and work with CBD to orchestrate the endocannabinoid system.
Some of the most prevalent terpenes in our CBD oils and what they do are outlined below. These are all key terpenes in the Entourage Effect:
Alpha-bisabolol – this terpene is simply amazing, and our hemp has a very high concentration of it. This terp has a very slight floral aroma to it, and has been traditionally used even in some fragrances. It is a super-duper anti-inflammatory, anti-irritant, and is said to have high anti-microbial properties. At Peak City CBD, we are loving it!
Beta-caryophyllene and caryophyllene oxide – this terp has a slight spicy smell and flavor. It is one of those terps that really helps to drive the bus. It directs the endocannabinoid receptors with ease and helps our bodies. It is a great anti-inflammatory and β-Caryophyllene is a potent antioxidant and has been studied in cancer treatments. It’s also delayed the onset of epileptic seizures.
Alpha-humulene – humulene is sometimes known best for its hoppy taste and is common in brewing. The research on humulene is still coming strong, but it is a great anti-inflammatory and said to help with anxiety. It is a neuro-protector, so can take special action on protecting the brain.
Eucalyptol – this terp is minty and fresh in flavor and smell. It has anti-microbial properties and can help skin healing especially. This one, you are familiar with, from the famed eucalyptus plant. It is a rich source of eucalyptol, however, we have it in our hemp too!
Limonene – who doesn’t love the smell of a fresh cut lemon? This terp is anti-microbial and can have a wide range of benefits to the body. It tends to elevate the mood and relieve stress. Limonene also has significant medical properties. This terpene has anxiolytic properties, meaning it’s good for anxiety. It’s also been studied for facilitating weight-loss, and has demonstrated anti-depressant, anti-inflammatory, and antioxidant properties. Limonene can facilitate the absorption of other drugs through the skin and tissue, making it an interesting molecule to evaluate in topical and transdermal products.
Alpha-pinene – you guessed it, smells like pine needles to most people. While you might be hard pressed to pick this smell out of our oils, this pinene terpene is ready for action. Research is ongoing but it is likely to create alertness and possible memory retention. α-Pinene also offers anti-inflammatory, anti-cancer, and anti-microbial properties.
Myrcene – this terp is known to be the chill terpene. It can help smooth things out and be a relaxing force in our CBD oils. Myrcene has been nominated as the most frequent terpene in cannabis and is also highly prevalent in some brews, especially micro-brews. Myrcene also has anti-fungal, antibacterial, antiseptic, and anti-inflammatory properties.
That is a lot to soak in, so don’t hesitate to contact Peak City CBD if you want to learn more about terpenes, the Entourage Effect, or have some questions. We love to talk chemistry. We encourage research and welcome scouring the web for details on terpenes and how they can help you! We love cannabinoids, terpenes, and the Entourage Effect. You could also check out some of our terpene-targeted oils like Energized Apple, Chill Berry, and Immuno-Lemon Boost.
We’re not done with the series though – coming soon will be Part 3 of the Talkin’ bout Terpenes series.