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The advantages of terpenes

The advantages of terpenes

If you've ever taken a whiff of particularly aromatic plants like lavender, you've encountered terpenes. Terpenes are aromatic compounds that make up the special scent of many plants such as cannabis, pine, lavender and oranges.

However, creating the aroma of hemp and other plants is not the only purpose of these important chemicals. Terpenes have a protective function for the plant and can also provide some health benefits for the human body.

Read on to learn more about the benefits of the terpenes in CBD.

WHAT ARE TERPENES?

Terpenes are fragrant organic compounds found in hemp and other plants that bind to receptors in the human body and provide a variety of health benefits. Terpenes are responsible for the aroma and flavor of some hemp-derived CBD products, such as our Oils or Pastes, and influence their effects by interacting with cannabinoids.

The terpenes extracted from hemp are formed inside the trichomes. Cannabis trichomesTheir relative presence is directly influenced by both the spectrum and the intensity of light exposure. Terpene profiles vary from hemp plant to hemp plant and influence their unique aroma profiles. Different hemp plants produce different scents based on their unique blend of terpenes.

WHY DO PLANTS PRODUCE TERPENES?

In some plants, terpenes serve to attract pollinators or ward off predators such as insects or predators. Terpenes also play a protective role by helping the plant recover from damage, while others act as part of the plant's immune system to ward off harmful germs.

TYPES OF TERPENES

We already talked about different Types terpeneseach with a unique flavor profile and purpose. Some of the most common terpenes found in hemp plants are:

  • Caryophyllene -A terpene in hemp that is also found in hops, cloves and rosemary. It has an herbaceous aroma that is synonymous with these plants.

  • alpha - Humulen -This terpene is dominant in hops. It is also found in sage, clove, basil, black pepper and ginseng and has a correspondingly "hoppy" aroma.

  • Limes -is most commonly found in citrus fruits and provides the citrus scent.

  • Linalool -This terpene is found in rosewood, bergamot, coriander, rose, jasmine and lavender. It produces a very pleasant floral aroma and is often used in soaps and perfumes.

  • Myrcene -is most commonly associated with the characteristic "earthy" aroma of most hemp plants.

  • Ocimene-Produces a strong, sweet, herbal fragrance. A wide variety of plants, including mint, mangoes, basil and orchids.

  • Pinene -As the name suggests, it is often found in pine trees and other conifers; pinene is also responsible for the "pine-like" aroma of certain hemp plants.

  • Terpinolene -is often found in plants known for their pleasant fragrance, such as rosemary, conifers, lilacs and apples. It produces a fresh herbal citrus aroma.

  • alpha-Bisabolol-This terpene was first isolated from Matricaria chamomilla (Asteraceae) in the twentieth century and has since been detected in other aromatic plants such as Eremanthus erythropappus, Smyrniopsis aucheri, Vanillosmopsis species, and Salvia runcinata.

ADVANTAGES OF TERPENES

So what are the benefits of terpenes for humans? Terpenes have been shown to interact with the endocannabinoid system, or ECSas well as with the immune, nervous and gastrointestinal systems. Terpenes also assist other cannabis molecules in producing desired effects. This is known as the entourage effectand is the reason these aromatic compounds have become such an important area of cannabis research.

There are many potential health benefits associated with terpenes, but most of the research to date has been based on animal and laboratory studies. More research is needed to fully understand the role of terpenes in health.

Some of the potential benefits of terpenes that should be explored are:

  • Beta-Caryophyllene is referred to by scientists as both a cannabinoid and a terpene because, unlike other terpenes, it behaves like a cannabinoid and directly activates the body's cannabinoid receptors. Beta-caryophyllene is abundant in the hemp plant. It has a wide range of potential beneficial effects, most of which are due to its influence on Inflammation.

  • alpha - Humulen can be an effective anti-inflammatory, as preliminary Research shows.

  • Lime is the second most abundant terpene found in nature and is also used in a variety of products such as cleaning products and fragrances. It may have a synergistic effect with CBD to reduce occasional anxiety and improve mood overall, based on Preliminary research.

  • Linalool May have Anticonvulsant and Sedative Properties. It has also proven itself in inhibits the growth of fungi in laboratory studies.

  • Myrcene is the most abundant terpene in cannabis. It is known to have a strong calming effectand can also be an effective anti-inflammatory agent. A Study from 2015 in cell culture models suggests that myrcene may be helpful in slowing cartilage degradation and its effects on osteoarthritis should be further explored.

  • Ocimen can have an anti-inflammatory effect and can act as a antiviral and antifungal Features.

  • Pinen can also have an anti-inflammatory effect Features. It has been shown to interact with GABA receptors, which may contribute to a sense of calm.

  • The use ofalpha-Bisabolol as an anti-inflammatory agent is ubiquitous. This compound also has several other pharmacological properties, such as. Analgesic and antibiotic.

TERPENE AT Dutch Green Alternative

Our hemp extract contains naturally occurring phytocannabinoids, terpenes, flavonoids and more. It's used in formulas to support a sense of calm, focus, manage everyday stress, recover from exercise-induced inflammation, and maintain healthy sleep cycles. In addition, we gently remove all natural terpenes from our industrial hemp plants and add them back to our finished products to maintain the most natural taste and smell while unlocking their full therapeutic potential.

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