Like CBD? You’ll LOVE terpenes
You’re probably already familiar with terpenes. You’ve experienced them all your life. Terpenes are what gives lavender its floral scent and relaxing effects. It’s what gives an orange its citrusy scent. They even give pine trees their unique aroma. Terpenes are also compounds of the cannabis sativa plant and are like the essential oils of the plant. As CBD has no smell or taste of its own, the terpenes are what give cannabis its distinct aroma and flavor. Surprisingly enough, there are at least 100 terpenes in the cannabis plant.
Synergistic effects of CBD & terpenes
If you thought cannabinoids alone caused healing to the body, guess what. Terpenes have been discovered to play a BIG role in in that too. In fact, both cannabinoids and terpenes work collaboratively in something called the “entourage effect.”
Basically, it’s the whole plant that does the best job, not just THC or CBD or terpenes alone. When all these compounds work together, it creates an enhanced effect. While relief does come from using a CBD oil or a THC oil, whole plant therapy has been the most common use.
Terpenes can easily intensify or downplay the effects of the cannabinoids. Have you ever noticed how two similar strains can produce profoundly different effects? One may leave you with couch lock and the other may energize you? That’s another aspect of the entourage effect, which is driven by both cannabinoids and terpenes.
Did you know? There are at least 20,000 different terpenes in existence. Believe it or not, the cannabis plant has more than 100 of these terpenes! Many terpenes that are produced by the cannabis plant are also found elsewhere in nature. However, there are some terpenes that are in high concentrations in cannabis plants.