What are terpenes and how can they benefit you?
Terpenes are natural occurring compounds found in plants. Terpenes are what provide plants their natural flavor and aroma. All these terpenes have distinctive scents and flavors, also creating the driving force behind their therapeutic benefits. The way terpenes work is very similar to essential oils: it stimulates your senses and enhances the potential healing effects.
Myrcene is a natural occurring terpene that is often found in highly fragrant plants and herbs such as Cannabis, Mangoes, Hops, Bay Laurel leaves, Thyme, Lemongrass, and Basil. Myrcene is the most common and dominate terpene that is found in cannabis. Myrcene has a peppery, spicy, balsam fragrance and aroma. Myrcene is known for its powerful anti-anxiety and pain revealing properties.
Linalool is a terpene that is often found in many flowers and spices including lavender and coriander. Linalool has a distinctive floral aroma, creating a blissful and effective euphoric affect. Linalool is mostly known for its positive effects on Mental Health with effects such as sedative and antidepressant therapeutic effects.
Limonene is a terpene that is commonly found in Lemons, Oranges, and other citrus fruits. This terpene has been found to have has some potent bacteria and fungus fighting properties. Limonene also contains cancer-fighting powers that also fights against inflammation. Another quality is known for Its excellent outcomes for melting stress while brightening moods.
Caryophyllene is also known as beta-caryophyllene or BCP. Caryophyllene is a primary terpene that is commonly found in Black Pepper, Hops, Clove, Rosemary and Basil. There have been a few studies on caryophyllene that indicate a wide variety of therapeutic potential. Some of these therapeutic properties may be pain relief, Anti-depressant, anti-inflammatory, and anti-anxiety. Research has even found that caryophyllene may also be possible to treat anxiety and depression.
Pinene is one of the most common terpenes found in cannabis, pine needles, and rosemary. Additionally, there are two types of pinene terpenes, alpha-pinene, and beta-pinene, but alpha-pinene is most prevalent in cannabis. Pinene's potential effects and benefits may include anti-inflammatory, Congestion, Anti-Anxiety, Pain Relief, and possibly may help combat short term memory impairment.
Terpinolene is found in small trace amounts, but the overall effect of it is undeniably a powerful terpene. Terpinolene’s aroma is more diverse than other terpenes. The aroma is of terpinolenes is piney, floral and with also citrus scent; creating a pungent fresh smell. Terpinolene is found to have an uplifting effect making the terpene great for depression. This terpene is also known for its exceptional benefits for its anti-fungal and Anti-Bacterial. In addition to the reason besides its fresh scent, that it’s a common additive in soaps and cleaning products.
Humulene is very similar to both myrcene and pinene, humulene is a fundamental element in the overall aromatic profile of cannabis. Humulene also shares a similar chemical structure as caryophyllene and was actually formulary classified as a-caryophyllene. However, since the chemical structure was later found to be slightly different, it's considered its own terpene. Humulene has a subtle earthy or musky aroma with spicy undertones. Humulene has been proven to be effective for inflammatory, anti-bacterial, and an appetite suppressant.
Disclaimer: Please Keep in mind when reading these descriptions that the current research on these Terpenes is limited with very few studies demonstrating their effects in the human body. This page is for educational purposes only. The stated effects may differ for each individual.