Terpenes and CBD -The relation-
Terpenes are a very diverse group of organic compounds produced by plants, fruits and vegetables. Their main quality is how aromatic they are, producing the strong aroma associated to them.
Apart from their smell, they also give unique, taste and effects to flora.
Terpenes have a mayor role in nature. They can attract pollinators with their aromas, while in other situations, they cause a strong reaction to repel predators. Sometimes they can even play a protective role in the plant, helping to recover from damage or keeping away diseases.
Over 100 different terpenes have been found in the Cannabis Sativa L. plant. Given these vast amounts, isn’t a surprise the strong scent associated with hemp.
People have been using terpenes for centuries and are widely used to create the flavours and scents of many everyday products, such as perfumes, body products, and foods. They are also the base for aromatherapy and its essential oils.
Terpenes production in hemp
The trichomes serve as the primary defense from insects once the plant begins to flower, producing a bitter taste and strong aroma released by the terpenes. On the other hand, they also act as protection from the harsh elements, shielding the plant’s delicate parts from winds.
The combination of all these natural elements gives each plant its unique “chemical signature” allowing experts to differentiate between plant varieties exactly as a wine enthusiast would do with wine.
Do terpenes have any effects on people?
The presence of terpenes in your CBD oil can have an impact on your experience. Also, is possible that the effect of terpenes could change in the presence of phytocannabinoids. This can trigger the entourage effect.
More research is needed to fully understand each terpene effect when combined all together with phytocannabinoids and flavonoids.
Terpenes could bring us closer to an appropriate homeostasis level or “perfect equilibrium” thanks to their bioactivity. You can learn about this in our endocannabinoid system post
Ever heard of “forest bathing”?
It comes from the Japanese tradition of Shinrin-Yoku. A forest bath involves to consciously and intentionally wandering in a forest to immerse the body through its regenerative atmosphere.
Forest bathing is an ancestral precursor of aromatherapy.
Only by doing these walks in nature (especially if there are conifers, firs, and pine trees around) our bodies can literally take in the terpenes produced by the flora. It’s one of the reasons why people feel invigorated and relaxed after a long stroll in the woods.
Nature is health!
Most common terpenes
We find Myrcene in plants such as hops, lemongrass, and thyme. It can also be found in mangos and is also the primary terpene found in Cannabis Sativa L.
It’s an abundant terpene found in Cannabis Sativa L. responsible for the distinct smell of orange peel and another citrus. We can also find it in various types of plants like juniper, fir or larches.
Its name says it all. Pinene is found most abundantly in the pine tree and is what gives pine needles its distinctive smell. We see it in two varieties
-Alpha, which is responsible for that beautiful pine aroma.
-Beta, which has a scent like Rosemary, Dill, or Parsley.
We can find in over 200 plants like Lavender, Laurel, Mint and Birch trees. It’s even found in some mushrooms.
This terpene has a spicy, woody, peppery scent. We find it, for example, in black pepper and cinnamon.
Voice of Nature recommends you starting visiting woodlands near you (if not already doing so) or woods of your choice on your travels.
This way, you can incorporate a healthy and enjoyable habit onto your lifestyle.
If unfortunately, you don’t have any nearby or during busy periods; You can also add terpenes your lifestyle through the use of our hemp extracts.
Remember that cannabinoids and terpenes are non-psychoactive, actually, like most compounds of the hemp plant.