You may have heard of terpenes before. These compounds are commonly used in a wide range of commercial products, like perfumes, foods, body products, and even pharmaceuticals and dietary supplements. So if you haven’t heard of terpenes, there is still a likely chance you use products with terpenes in them every day.
Terpenes are produced by the resin glands of plants throughout the planet, making them one of the most abundant compounds in the natural world. Their main purpose in plants is likely to repel predators (insects and herbivores) and attract pollinators.
These oily substances are responsible for the distinctive smells and flavors that characterize different plants and trees. For example, one popular terpene, limonene, adds a lemony scent to lemons and other citrus fruits. Pinene, another common terpene, accounts for the smell of pine trees. Linalool, favored for its calming properties, helps give lavender its scent.
These terpenes, as well as many others, are present in cannabis in either significant or minor amounts. In fact there are hundreds of different terpenes potentially found in cannabis plants like hemp.
The Physical Benefits of Terpenes
Besides the scents and flavors they add to products, there is a good reason to include natural terpenes in supplements like those from On The Green CBD.
Studies on the bioactive properties of terpenes reveal that some have potential wellness benefits when absorbed by the body. This is the motivation behind aromatherapy, and the reason why terpenes are effective in CBD supplements.
Although terpenes are classified differently from cannabinoids, they share some important similarities, including a role in the endocannabinoid system. Like CBD and other cannabinoids, terpenes can interact with endocannabinoid receptors in the brain and throughout the body.
Like the cannabinoids THC and CBD, terpenes are available in isolated forms. That means you can source isolated terpene extracts to add to foods, supplements, and more. Many terpenes are considered food grade, and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration has designated them as having GRAS safety status.
Some terpenes are favored for promoting relaxation. Others have sedative effects, making them perfect for sleep. And still others make users feel energized or creative.
When formulating On The Green CBD functional tinctures, we use added terpenes to enhance hemp’s natural beneficial properties. We draw inspiration from the proven terpene combinations found in popular medical cannabis strains to promote specific effects.
Our functional CBD tinctures are available with three target effects: focus, recovery, and sleep. We believe that these three areas are the most important to success on the course, as well as in life. Here are the terpenes featured in each of these products.
FOCUS TERPENE ENHANCEMENT
Limonene, Myrcene. alpha-Bisabolol, beta-Caryophyllene, alpha-Pinene, E-Nerolidol, beta-Pinene, Linalool, Fenchol, Camphene
RECOVERY TERPENE ENHANCEMENT
alpha-Pinene, Myrcene, Limonene, beta-Caryophyllene, beta-Pinene, alpha-Bisabolol, trans-Nerolidol, Linalool, alpha-Humulene, Fenchol
SLEEP TERPENE ENHANCEMENT
Myrcene, a-Pinene, Linalool, b-Caryophyllene, Limonene, Bisabolol, b-Pinene, trans-Nerolidol, trans-Ocimene, a-Humulene, cis-Ocimen. y-Terpinene
The Entourage Effect
While isolated terpenes have been studied to discover their individual effects, we are also starting to gain an understanding of how terpenes work in conjunction with each other and cannabinoids like CBD or THC.
Terpenes show promise that they boost each other. Some studies suggest that limonene and pinene can work together to promote health immune response. Meanwhile, a form of pinene appears to boost the production of myrcene, another beneficial terpene found in hemp.
Researchers over the past few decades have suggested that consumers feel optimum effects of cannabinoids and terpenes when they’re absorbed by the body together in their natural state. This synergy among various combinations of terpenes and cannabinoids is referred to as the entourage effect.
On The Green CBD aims to copy these natural cannabis terpene profiles in our THC free CBD products.
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