What Are Terpenes?
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Terpenes are a group of naturally occurring compounds found in plants and, on occasion, animals. Terpenes give plants their flavor, aroma, flavor, and physiological properties. It is all thanks to terpenes that different cannabis strains smell and taste different from one another, and give you different effects like relaxation, focus, or pain relief.
More than 150 terpenes can be found in cannabis, and with intentional and selective breeding programs, cultivators can affect terpene levels, changing the scent and flavor profile of a particular strain. Perhaps more importantly, terpenes can also enhance the therapeutic effects of cannabis
Where Are Terpenes Found in Cannabis?
Cannabis terpenes are most concentrated within the trichomes of female cannabis plants. The trichomes are the sticky, almost crystalline glands that coat the exterior of cannabis buds, and produce a strong aroma, especially in later stages of growth.
What Do Terpenes Do for Plants?
Terpenes are not merely for the benefit of humans but play an important role in the health and growth cycle of the cannabis plant. Terpenes support plant immunity, attracting useful and beneficial wildlife while deterring harmful pests. Terpenes also help to alert the plant to environmental risks and trigger immune responses to illness, injury, or infestation.
Most Common Terpenes
Among the more than 150 known cannabis terpenes, there are five that you will encounter more often than others.
- Beta-Caryophyllene: Spicy and peppery, anti-inflammatory and pain-relieving, also found in cloves, black pepper, and rosemary.
Fun Fact! This is the only terpene known to bind to the CB2 receptors in the endocannabinoid system, which is found in the immune system, and the first terpene to be known to bind to receptors in the endocannabinoid system period.
- Humulene: Earthy and musky, anti-inflammatory and energy boosting, also found in balsam fir and ginger root.
- Limonene: Citrusy, mood-elevating, and anti-stress, also found in lemons and grapefruit.
- Linalool: Floral and herbal, anti-anxiety and pain relieving, also found in lavender and cilantro.
- Myrcene: Earthy and herbal, anti-anxiety and pain relieving, also found in lemongrass and thyme.
- Pinene: Pine-like, focus, and energy boosting, also found in Evergreen trees and basil.
How Do Terpenes Contribute to the Effects of Cannabis?
Aromatherapy has been a popular health practice for centuries, but only recently have we made the connection between terpenes and their therapeutic effects. While terpenes can offer some benefits on their own, they become far more powerful when combined with cannabinoids.
Acting in conjunction with cannabinoids like CBD and CBC, terpenes boost the beneficial effects of cannabis like stress reduction, improved focus, pain relief, and so on. Terpenes also contribute a host of unique benefits like anti-viral and anti-cancer properties, and may even be able to help activate the endocannabinoid system to enhance bioavailability.
In the past, cannabis was primarily coveted for its key cannabinoids, but as the industry and our understanding of cannabis have advanced it has become evident that the full spectrum of compounds found in cannabis plays a role in the plant’s therapeutic benefits.
Myriam’s Hemp Terpene Boost Blends
Our tinctures are always made with full-spectrum hemp oil blends, formulated to retain the essential nutrients and compounds that promote physical health, mental health, and wellbeing. While each of our unique formulas includes naturally occurring terpenes, customers can also add custom terpene blends designed to produce specific benefits for your unique needs.
Choose from one of our pre-made blends, or create your own! Hemp isn’t a one-size-fits-all solution, and you could need a blend as unique as you are. Our terpenes are USDA-certified organic, and specifically formulated to enhance the natural qualities of our tincture blends. To add any of our tincture boosts, simply scroll down and make your selection before adding a tincture to your cart.
Want to learn more about the terpenes we offer for our custom boost blends? Check out our video covering everything you need to know about these therapeutic compounds.
The immunity blend includes terpenes that boost your natural immune response and support your body’s response to pathogens, germs, and inflammation.
The calm blend takes the relaxing effects of cannabis to the next level for stress reduction and emotional well-being. Our calm blend has even been recommended by doctors as a natural treatment for OCD.
The focus blend gives you better, longer focus with a proprietary blend of mentally sharpening terpenes. Our focus blend has been recommended by doctors as a natural treatment for ADHD.
The energy blend helps to naturally support energy and stamina whether you need a boost after a sleepless night, want to ditch the caffeine or struggle with brain fog.
Pain Relief Blend
The pain relief blend increased the anti-inflammatory and pain-relieving properties of cannabis, giving you better rest, more peaceful sleep, and improved comfort throughout the day.
Custom Terpene Blends
If you already know which terpenes you want to add to your hemp tincture, we also offer custom blends! Just remember that custom blends can’t be combined with our boost blends. Choose up to four terpenes to add to any of our tinctures:
- Alpha Pinene
- Beta Pinene
- Delta 3 Carene