Everything you need to know about Terpenes

Terpenes and CBD work in conjunction to create something called the Entourage Effect. Here we breakdown the basics, and run through how they work alongside each other in the human body.

27 October 2022

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What are Terpenes?

Terpenes are organic compounds found in plants, mainly responsible for flavour and scent but also contribute to the entourage effect. They are a common term when speaking about CBD as cannabis plants contain a high concentration of different types of terpenes.

What do terpenes do?

The purpose of terpenes is to protect the plant they’re present in from harm, such as animals and the environment around them. They also contribute to the regeneration and oxygenation of plants, which is why some are considered to be beneficial in herbal remedies.

The different tastes and smells in CDB come from the terpenes. CBD that is full-spectrum is widely known for being the most potent, with a very hempy taste and smell, whereas CBD isolate is the opposite – all terpenes and other compounds are filtered out, leaving a colourless and taste-free powder.

The effects of Terpenes

Terpenes can affect the body in a variety of different ways. One factor is they are known for being anti-inflammatory, which is why lavender is used widely in multiple recovery products, as it’s very potent in terpenes.

CBD skincare often has potent scents like lavender, jasmine & sandalwood, as the combination of the terpenes and CBD interact together to contribute to the entourage effect, a complex theory suggesting the right combination of various cannabinoids and terpenes will produce more effective in the body than just one isolated compound.

The entourage effect is influenced by the presence of terpenes, meaning that theoretically the more that are present, the more active the entourage effect is in your body.

Sources

  1. https://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/what-are-terpenes

  2. https://weedmaps.com/learn/dictionary/terpenes#terpenes-vs-terpenoids-whats-the-difference

  3. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC8414653/