More people have developed an interest in cannabis products and their health implications. However, terpenes are an overlooked component that can affect how your body responds to cannabis products and the effects of CBD oil for back pain and other ailments. Read on to learn more about terpenes and their therapeutic uses.
What are Terpenes?
Terpenes are organic hydrocarbons that are found in the essential oils of cannabis leaves and buds. They give every varietal of plant a distinct aroma and flavor and contribute to the varying medicinal uses of products derived from cannabis plants.
It has been suggested that the plants evolved these volatile substances to repel predators and prevent disease. There are over 100 different terpenes found in cannabis plants, but terpenes can be found in a number of other herbs, plants, and fruits as well. Cannabis-derived terpenes have recently been used to infuse food and beverages; however the FDA has yet to decide on the legal status of these products.
Terpenes and the Body
Like CBD products, terpenes interact with the endocannabinoid system (ECS) in the body which is responsible for helping to regulate mood, fertility, memory, and pain. Terpenes can bind to the receptor in the ECS and affect how messages are relayed and how neurotransmitters work. They can also interact with other cannabinoids found in cannabis products such as THC and CBD in a mechanism known as the “Entourage Effect.”
The “Entourage Effect”
The “Entourage Effect” is the mechanism by which a plant’s terpenes act synergistically with other cannabinoids to produce a range of effects on the body. In the specific case of CBD and terpene interaction, these chemicals react to create a buffer against the psychoactive properties of THC, which is the active component in cannabis. The “Entourage Effect” also explains how terpenes can increase the body’s receptivity to cannabinoids and enhance their effectiveness.
Terpenes found in medicinal hemp products vary, with some terpenes only found in negligible amounts. But some common terpenes give different hemp products a characteristic aroma and therapeutic effects.
As the name suggests, d-limonene has a zesty citrus aroma and is one of the most common terpenes found naturally in lemons, oranges, and grapefruits, as well as hemp. It has been found to have antibacterial properties, and studies have shown it to be an effective treatment for respiratory tract disease in combination with other essential oils.
Myrcene is found in varying amounts in nearly all varieties of cannabis, as well as parsley, bay and other herbs, and has a grassy, earthy aroma. Myrcene combined with CBD, and other cannabinoids has been known to induce a sedative effect, treat insomnia, and relieve muscle cramps.
Found in significant amounts in lavender as well as hemp, linalool is often used in cosmetics due to its pleasant floral aroma and for therapeutic uses to relieve anxiety and reducing inflammation.
Pinene is the fresh aroma found in pine, rosemary and almost all varieties of hemp. A-pinene has been found to be toxic to certain strains of staphylococcus bacteria, making them an effective antibacterial agent.
Nerolidol is responsible for the scent of ginger and lemongrass, and studies have shown it to have a number of positive health benefits from antibacterial and antifungal properties to antinociceptive and anti-inflammatory benefits.
The combination of CBD and active terpenes offers the best hemp oil for pain relief and may enhance the effectiveness of the cannabinoids present. Try Relevium pain relief creams today and live a better, fuller, freer life by calling on (360)-200-7417 or filling out our easy-to-use contact form.