When considering what kind of Hemp to choose to relax, de-stress, or reduce any pain or tension you might experience, you may have run across discussions about the role of terpenes.  While THC and Hemp tend to get the most airtime in the cannabis community, terpenes are also important naturally occurring compounds found in hemp plants. There are over 20,000 known terpenes in the plant kingdom. Currently, around 80 to 120 terpenes are found in different hemp varieties, with more being studied and discovered all the time.  Terpenes play an important role in wellness on their own, but in Hemp, they can offer the additional benefit of something called the “entourage effect.”  Terpenes may amplify the effects of Hemp within the body’s own endocannabinoid system and help Hemp get to work. 

What Are Terpenes? 

“What is a terpene?” “What are terpenes?” “What do terpenes do?” “Are terpenes weed?”  As a lesser-discussed botanical element, terpenes can generate a lot of confusion, especially when it comes to Hemp. However, terpenes are found in and produced by almost all plants, not just in hemp.  Terpenes are the organic compounds that give plants their scent, smell, and many of their medicinal properties. You may be familiar with terpenes from using essential oils, scented candles, naturally flavored foods, or more. For instance, if you’ve ever smelled a jasmine flower, peeled orange, or a pine-scented car freshener, you’ve already made good use of terpenes.  Plants produce terpenes as a part of their immune systems. They protect plants against harsh weather and work to keep off invasive insects, bacteria, and fungi. Terpenes are widely praised for their antibacterial, anti-inflammatory, and sometimes antiviral properties. Terpenes help plants, but they also have positive impacts on humans and animals. While terpenes are not psychoactive in the way THC is, many of these compounds affect the body and mind and are considered bioactive. Some terpenes, such as curcumin, naturally occurring in turmeric, have long been used in traditional medicine as an anti-inflammatory. Like the phytoncides found in conifer trees, others have beneficial effects on the lungs and mind, as studies of Japanese forest bathing have shown.  Terpenes are not exclusive to specific plants. Different herbs, spices, and plants will often share strains of terpenes that give them similar scents or properties. For instance, linalool, a terpene that gives lavender its distinctive soothing fragrance, is also found in some varieties of cannabis, as well as sweet basil, sweet orange, and bay leaves. Linalool is even used as an additive in some cleaning and beauty products because of its de-stressing and lightly insecticidal qualities. 

Cannabis Terpenes

When you think of terpenes in weed or hemp, you might think of different strains of the cannabis plant. However, all hemp plants have terpenes. Terpene distribution does not necessarily depend on Sativa leaf or Indica varieties.  Terpenes are produced within the hemp plant using specialized hairs, called trichomes. Trichomes are located on both the stems and leaves of the plant and usually run along the surface. They are responsible for creating the plant’s resin and give cannabis its distinctive musky odor and flavor. Some of the factors that influence the development of different terpenes in cannabis are:
  • Harvest time
  • Climate
  • Soil
  • Age of the plant

Terpenes Chart

Because there are around 120 currently known terpenes in hemp plants, with more still being discovered, creating a complete list of terpenes is a complex undertaking. However, using a terpene chart can help growers and buyers identify certain strains, and decide which will have the best effects for them. Additionally, finding Hemp with a high terpenes-to-cannabis ratio may be more effective than selecting a Hemp isolate. 

Terpenes Cannabinoids

Terpenes Cannabinoids You may be wondering why all the fuss about terpenes when what you’re searching for is the relief provided by Hemp, the other compound in hemp. However, research shows that whole-plant therapy may be the most effective way to absorb Hemp into the body. Terpenes play a valuable role in helping Hemp communicate with the body’s endocannabinoid system to provide maximum saturation, and thus maximum relief. This idea is known as the “entourage effect.”  Research has encouraged the use of broad or full-spectrum Hemp, meaning Hemp that retains its natural terpenes, as a way to best absorb the benefits of Hemp. Some full-spectrum Hemp oils even retain trace amounts of THC, though not enough to produce any psychoactive effects. Hemp use for mood disorders and epilepsy shows that using full-spectrum Hemp may allow the total benefits of Hemp to react within the body and brain. By contrast, Hemp isolate, the most refined version of Hemp, may not be as completely absorbed by the body and may not be as effective as taking a full-spectrum Hemp. 

Pure Relief Hemp

If you’re looking to take advantage of the natural terpenes in Hemp and want the benefits of a full-spectrum product, Pure Relief offers Hemp smokeables, edibles, oils, and tinctures. All Pure Relief products are cultivated from U.S.-grown plants and are lab tested for quality and purity.  Pure Relief Hemp oils are available in different strengths, sizes, and flavors, so you can select the experience that’s best for you. Even the lightest concentration oil, at 17 mg of Hemp per dose, still offers the full benefits of cannabis terpenes within every drop. Pure Relief products make use of this natural synergy, delivering a Hemp experience that provides the benefit of the entire plant. 

Takeaway

Many terpenes support wellness, promote relaxation, and ease inflammation. Cannabis terpenes are known for the additional benefit of contributing to the entourage effect, allowing Hemp to interact most effectively within the body’s endocannabinoid system.  For full-spectrum Hemp products that naturally deliver the complete benefits of the plant, Pure Relief offers a wide variety of oils, tinctures, smokeables, and edibles to help you get the relief you seek.
June 23, 2021
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