Cannabis Terpenes and Their Health Benefits

For a millennia, cannabis has been used for recreational and medicinal purposes. What most people don’t know is that 10-20% of marijuana smoke resin is composed of terpenes or terpenoids. This means when you inhale the herbal plant, the terpenes will go inside of you.

Now the question is; Are terpenes good or bad for you?

Found within the resin glands or trichomes in marijuana plants are terpenes that bind with receptors in your brain. However, cannabinoids produce an “entourage effect” when matched with Terpenes. These two combinations help create an overall weatlh of health benefits when treated in patients.

Terpenes are believed to be good for you as they are known to help relieve stress, prevent cancer, and solve many other problems. However, when consumed in very high doses, some terpenes such as Pulegone can cause liver damage. Although cannabis plants contain tiny amounts of pulegone and other dangerous chemicals, it’s a very safe drug. Apart from terpenes, researchers have also identified CBD (Cannabidiol) and THC (tetracannabinol) in cannabis. Now we'll dive into an overview of terpenes and their health benefits.

What Are Terpenes?

Terpenes come from the herbal plant that’s designed by nature to attract and repel insects. They can even repel some animals as well. In addition, terpenes are aromatic and they are what make the herbal plant smell and taste good. There are numerous terpenoid compounds found in cannabis plants, they vary widely among varieties and produce aromas that are often characteristic of the plant’s geographical region.

Scientist have identified and named more than 140 different types of terpenes in cannabis plants and many more remain unnamed. Certain terpenes control how much THC, the psychoactive chemical in marijuana, passes through the blood barrier. Moreover, there are others that release neurotransmitters like serotonin and dopamine which alters their rate of production.

When ingested, the effects terpenes will have on your body may include:

  • Muscle relaxer

  • Anti inflammatory

  • Anti depressant

  • Anti-carcinogenic (fights cancer)

In addition, here are some examples of terpenes found in cannabis plants such as:

  • Delta3Carene: In aromatherapy, Delta3Carene is used to dry tears, running noses, excess menstrual flow and perspiration. It causes ‘cottonmouth’ (dry mouth) in some users. According to Herb they state, “The anti-inflammatory property of delta 3 carene is probably its most impressive characteristic, allows it to treat arthritis, bursitis, and fibromyalgia.”

Initially, this terpene helps heal patients extensively. The next terpene helps in other areas as you’ll soon find out.

  • Myrcene: This is the most common terpene found in cannabis plants. It’s highly sedative and it also has very strong anti inflammatory properties. In aromatherapy, mycerene is best used to control insomnia, relieve stress, and as an anti inflammatory.

  • Limonene: Just as the name suggests, this terpene contains a strong pungent lemon like scent. It has a heavy uplifting effect that is very helpful in controlling stress, depression and anxiety. In aromatherapy, limonene is best used to reduce depression, control PTSD or as an antidepressant.

  • Humulene: The best way to describe this terpene is “The Anti-Munchie Terpene”. It suppresses hunger, making it perfect for people who want to shed some weight. In aromatherapy, it’s used to inhibit bacterial growth, reduce, inflammation, and to reduce the growth of tumors.

  • Pinene: Using pinene will result in better memory and overall better health. In the past, it was used for hundreds and possibly thousands of years to restore memory. There are two types of pinene such as alpha pinene that smells like rosemary and beta pinene that smells like basil. In aromatherapy, pinene is used as an anti-inflammatory and to increase airflow to lungs (bronchodilator).

  • Linalool: Also found in lavender, linalool has a citrus like aroma. It possesses strong sedative and anti-anxiety properties.

What is CBD?

CBD stands for Cannabidiol. Cannabidiol is a chemical that is found throughout the flowers, stalk, and seeds of cannabis plants. What’s interesting about CBD is. Once it enters your body, it interacts with your Endocannabinoid system. The endocannabinoid system in your body regulates a wide variety of bodily functions such as:

  • Appetite

  • Sleep

  • Hormone production

  • Immune system

  • Nervous system

What you should know about CBD is that it reduces the unpleasant psychological side effects provoked by THC. If used together, CBD regulates THC.

What is The Connection Between CBD and Terpenes?

The unique smell of marijuana does not come from THC or CBD, it comes from terpenoid compounds. According to Turner (1998), terpenoids derive from repeating units of isoprene. The structure of terpenoids ranges from simple linear chains to complex polycylic molecules. You can easily extract terpenes from plant materials by vaporization or steam distillation.

Terpenes counteract the effects THC has on your brain just like CBD. Terpenes are not found in cannabis plants alone, they are lipids found in all types of plant life. When you eat let’s say an orange and then smoke or consume marijuana then the terpenes present in the orange will interact with the terpenes present in cannabis. You will feel a different kind of high depending on the chemistry of the terpenes working together.

The ‘entourage feeling’ described above is the result of terpenes and Cannabinoids working together. When they are alone, terpenes can’t reach their full potential. However, when you consume it alongside Cannabinoids then there are broader and more potent therapeutic benefits.

How Terpene Infused CBD Treatments Affects Patients

Simply put, combining terpenes and CBD magnifies their health benefits. What health benefits? The cannabis plant contains close to 200 different types of terpenes. Moreover, there are reasons you should start using terpene infused CBD treatments today such as:

  • Some terpenes have been found to kill cancer causing cells.

  • Terpenes have strong anti inflammatory properties.

  • Some terpenes can improve memory and boost your immune system.

  • No dangerous synthetic chemicals to worry about.

  • Some terpenes control stress, anxiety and depression.

  • Terpenes have strong sedative properties (good for people with insomnia).

The biggest advantage of using terpene infused CBD treatments is that there are no synthetic chemicals involved which are essential for patients with arthritis, diabetes, epilepsy, chronic pain, asthma, and others. Also the side effects of using marijuana are few and far between.

The Side Effects You May Experience Are:

  • Lightheadedness

  • Dry mouth (cotton mouth)

  • Drowsiness

Being that cannabis is illegal in most parts of the planet, we still have lots to learn about terpenes. What we do know is that terpenes are very beneficial for us as a species and judging by the way things are going politically, terpenes have a very bright future.

Moreover, if you desire to secure your life in medical emergency events, aside from using CBD, then it’s best to receive a cannabis med alert classic jewelry ID. These ID’s are for any patient using cannabis and are gender neutral. You can engrave important medical information within the ID that will help secure your future in critical events.

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