CBD and Terpenes
CBD and Terpenes —
While researching CBD, you may have come across the word “terpene”. If you have never heard of this word before, it might sound intimidating especially when combined with CBD. The good news is that terpenes are not scary substances whatsoever. It is important to know what these are, especially if you are putting them in your body. Let’s explore the relationship between CBD and terpenes.
Terpenes are natural chemicals found in all plants and produce that nice smelling aroma of which they are associated. While plants mainly produce these to repel pests and attract pollinators, they also provide many other benefits.
Terpenes have both anti-inflammatory properties as well antioxidants. It is important to note when buying CBD that terpenes are different than terpenoids. While terpenes are the natural components of the plants, terpenoids are chemically altered terpenes. When drying and curing a cannabis plant, terpenoids can form.
CBD and terpenes work together to make an overall more effective product. This includes the two components working together to provide pain relief, reduce inflammation, and alleviate anxiety, among many others.
What are the most common terpenes?
There are five main terpenes in CBD including linalool, limonene, pinene, myrcene, and caryophyllene. Each of these provide different benefits that help CBD act more effectively.
Linalool is found in many plants including lavender and causes a sedative calming effect. This is beneficial when using CBD to ease or reduce anxiety and stress. Linalool is also known to help promote better sleep.
Limonene is found in many citrus fruits. This terpene has antifungal properties and is known to improve mood, reduce anxiety, and reduce inflammation.
Pinene is found in the pine needles of many coniferous trees. Not only does it have a distinct smell, but it also contains many anti-inflammatory properties and is an antibacterial agent.
Myrcene is known for the relaxing effects it has on the body as well for its antibacterial and analgesic properties. This terpene has been known to cause drowsiness but also has a rich earthy smell.
The terpene caryophyllene can be found in cinnamon and black pepper and produces analgesic and anti-inflammatory effects. This terpene can also interact with the endocannabinoid system the same way as cannabinoid.
We’ve learned that terpenes aren’t anything to fear when seen on the label of a CBD container and it is important to know all the facts and be educated on their benefits and how they interact. CBD and terpenes make a strong force that can help alleviate a multitude of ailments. Green Balance CBD is made from pure organic Colorado hemp containing many of these natural terpenes.
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