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Terpenes and why they are important when taking CBD

Recently at Uncle Stu's Smoke and Vape Aurora I've had a lot of questions on what terpenes exactly are. People new to CBD specifically are confused on what terpenes do, why CBD products that contain terpenes might be more beneficial than those that don't or funny enough how to pronounce them! Terpenes have different properties and can affect the use of cannabinoids in various ways. Some terpenes can increase the potency of cannabinoids while others can mitigate it. They certainly play a role in how the plant makes you feel. Terpenes are volatile, aromatic oils that produce strong effects on the body. They affect receptors and neurotransmitters in the brain, mimicking antidepressants. Terpenes do more than just give delicious flavor. 

Humulene

Aroma: Hops, woody, earthy

Vaporizes At: 222ºF (106ºC)

Potential Medical Value: Anti-inflammatory

Also Found in: Hops, coriander, cloves, basil 

Ocimene

Aroma: Sweet, herbal, and woody

Vaporizes At: 122ºF (50­ºC)

Potential Medical Value: Antiviral, anti-fungal, antiseptic, decongestant, antibacterial

Also Found in: Mint, parsley, pepper, basil, mangoes, orchids, and kumquats

 

Terpinolene

Aroma:  Piney, floral, and herbal

Vaporizes At: 366ºF (186ºC)

Potential Effects: Relaxing

Potential Medical Value: Antioxidant, sedative, antibacterial, anti-fungal, anti-cancer

Also Found in: Nutmeg, tea tree, conifers, apples, cumin.

 

Alpha-Pinene

Aroma: Pine

Vaporizes At: 311ºF (155ºC)

Potential Effects: Alertness, memory retention, counteracts some THC effects

Potential Medical Value: Treatment of asthma, pain, inflammationulcers, anxiety, cancer

Also Found in: Pine needles, rosemary, basil, parsley, dill


 

Myrcene

Aroma: Cardamom, cloves, musky, earthy, herbal

Vaporizes At: 332ºF (167ºC)

Potential Effects: Sedating “couchlock” effect, relaxing

Potential Medical Value: Antioxidant; treatment of insomnia, pain, and inflammation

Also Found in: Mango, lemongrass, thyme, hops

 

Limonene

Aroma: Citrus

Vaporizes At: 348ºF (176ºC)

Potential Effects: Elevated mood, stress relief

Potential Medical Value: Treatment of anxiety, depression, inflammation, pain, and cancer

Also Found in: Fruit rinds, rosemary, juniper, peppermint

 

Beta-Caryophyllene

Aroma: Pepper, spicy, woody, cloves

Vaporizes At: 266ºF (130ºC)

Potential Effects: Stress relief

Potential Medical Value: Treatment of pain, anxiety/depression, ulcers

Also Found in: Black pepper, cloves, cinnamon

 

Linalool

Aroma: Floral

Vaporizes At: 388ºF (198ºC)

Potential Effects: Mood enhancement, sedation

Potential Medical Value: Treatment of anxiety, depression, insomnia, pain, inflammation, and neurodegenerative disease

Also Found in: Lavender

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