Terpenes, CBD and The Entourage Effect
If you've ever practiced one of those popular lavender sleep sprays on your pillow, or brewed yourself a cup of peppermint tea and seemed oddly invigorated by its scent then you have already, possibly without knowing it, experienced the results of plant terpenes.
Terpenes are what provide plants and flowers their flavor and aroma. They are present when you catch a smell of a juicy orange as you peel it, or when you can breathe 'freshness' in the air when you've just mowed the lawn.
Decoding the Effects of Terpenes
People have been using the idea of terpenes in aromatherapy for centuries. It was once thought that aromatherapy using plants and herbs was successful for some people because of the way the fragrance struck the emotional centers of their brain. This makes a lot of sense, but as researchers are finding, there is more to terpenes than that.
While the terpenes they bear do not affect the plants themselves, a growing body of study is seeing that they do affect other organisms - like humans. For instance, one study led by a global team of researchers and published by the National Institutes of Health in the USA found that several terpenes had remarkable anti-inflammatory properties. And this is just one of the many investigation projects ongoing right now as experts seek to decode the effects of terpenes.
Terpenes and CBD
In the research we just mentioned the researchers note that, in their tests, terpenes from cannabis were more effective than those in essential oils. Cannabis includes more than 100 terpenes that have been identified so far. These terpenes are found in other sources as well, but some are especially plentiful in certain efforts.
What are some of these? Here's a quick look:
Limonene - This is the terpene that presents citrus fruits their refreshing smell. It's also what produces that pine aroma that fills the air around Christmas time and provides rosemary its unique scent.
Myrcene - Myrcene has a calming, clove-like scent that's also a little musky. It can be found in ginger, rosemary, cardamom, and black pepper.
Linalool - Although you might not have recognized its name Linalool has a lavender citrus scent that you love. It's a terpene discovered in jasmine, lavender, basil, and thyme as well as in the skins of citrus fruits like lemons and limes.
Pinene -As the name suggests, this terpene has a pine smell, but it's also discovered in juniper berries and frankincense.
Beta-Caryophyllene - Beta-Caryophyllene is usually observed in basil, black pepper, and oregano.
Mentha - A fresh minty terpene
These are just a few of the terpenes found in many efforts of cannabis and you'll find them in Dr. Watson CBD commodities. While we make no claims that these terpenes will assist with any situation we do recommend you do a little research of your own to discover what they have to give in conjunction with CBD.
Terpenes and CBD Together
You may have heard by now, and if not you will now, that hemp plant-based cannabinoids imitate those naturally produced in your body and that they interact and influence the body-wide endocannabinoid method. That method has a part to play in almost every bodily function.
Researchers have found that terpenes do the same thing. This indicates that when CBD and terpenes are connected they act synergistically. That, in more basic courses, means they intensify one another's properties to have a bigger influence. It's described the Entourage Effect.
While that almost seems like a continuation of a famous comedy series, it's severe stuff. These rather amazing mixtures improve each other and, for those who find an advantage in taking CBD, may improve that benefit even further.