What are Terpenes
Terpenes: Full name Monoterpene is a large and diverse group
of naturally occurring organic compounds, produced by a wide variety of plants, fruits and spices.
This phenomenal group of chemicals make up the biggest group in the plant world.
Within Hemp; Terpenes are the little gems that provide the Cannabis smells and tastes; each variety plant has different terpenes, producing the distinctive aromas, fruity or earthy tones.
Just as the aroma in food adds to the taste, Terpenes aroma add to the benefits of taking CBD.
The gift that keeps on giving
Terpenes enhance the benefits of CBD, with an array of elements; it could transpire these elements carry similar benefits to CBD.
Sadly, some Terpenes are lost during the process of extraction. Due to the drying process of the buds, some of the Terpenes do not survive.
Terpenes are so delicate, many of them are removed, before the cleaning process of the CBD extraction and added back to CBD Oils once they have been cleaned and cooled. Generally, Terpenes are added back to the same batch from which they were removed.
Each variety of Hemp is different and possesses different levels of terpenes, flavonoids and lipids (fatty acids)
There are over 100 naturally occurring Terpenes in Hemp
Here are a few examples of Terpenes:
Limonene occurs in many foods, in Lemon and Orange rind, Juniper, to name a few. The citrus aroma comes from the Limonene. As with the cannabinoids these carry their own benefits; useful for their antibacterial properties, helps with digestion, mild sedative effects, stimulates weight loss and assists with stress. The beautiful lemon aroma from Hemp & Cannabis comes from this Terpene.
Is considered one of the more important of the terpenes. Myrcene is present at high levels in a lot of herbs and commonly used in a lot of food flavourings. Myrcene has a musky, earthy taste and found in hops, lemongrass and Mangos. Myrcene acts as an anti-inflammatory a muscle relaxant and just like Limonene as a sedative.
Is considered the most dramatic Terpene due to its vast properties. Caryophyllene found in many herbs and condiments, pepper, cloves, rosemary, oregano, cinnamon basil, are just a few examples. This beauty provides a party of aromas from floral to earthy to citrus to earthy. Called beta-caryophyllene, you will find this as an ingredient in most aromatic oils.
Caryophyllene is a bigger molecule than the above terpenes. It is a rare terpene in that carries many direct benefits.
Terpene Oil can be purchased, giving you the smell and tastes of the plant without the CBD or THC’s. To use in cooking or smoke, create your Vape Oils or Vape Juices.