As one in more than a hundred chemical components in the hemp plant, CBD is having its well-deserved spotlight moment within the discussion of cannabis and wellness due to it anti-inflammatory, pain relieving, and calming effects. However, there’s more information known about another element of the plant besides cannabinoids — terpenes. Today, we cover the basics of terpenes, how they interact with the body, and their applications in plant-based wellness routines.
Some commonly found terpenes:
Myrcene: Also found in mangoes and basil, myrcene is often used for sleep, but it also lowers the “blood-to-brain barrier,” meaning faster onset of active ingredients. It can be very abundant naturally, or controlled for in cultivation. It’s also commonly used for pain relief. Linalool: This terpene is also found in lavender and has shown incredible anti-inflammatory and calming properties, as well as having a promising anti-epileptic effect. Pinene: Pinene is one of the most common terpenes and can be found in cannabis, pine needles, rosemary, and parsley, and its potential effects include memory retention, anxiety treatment, and inflammation. Limonene: With a distinct citrusy fragrance, limonene is a natural mood elevator and stress reliever, with antifungal properties. It is particularly effective in topicals because it enhances cannabinoid absorption through the skin.
Finally, I have some documentation to share with you about the efficacy of cannabis for migraines. We see it and hear from our clients almost daily about the "life changing" results of consuming CBD. One of those is headaches, specifically migraines.
A study from the University of Colorado, published in Parmacotherapy, showed that the frequency of migraines in patients who used cannabis dropped from 10.4 per month to 4.6—a number that’s both statistically and clinically significant. The study’s senior author, Professor Laura Borgelt, said “There was a substantial improvement for patients in their ability to function and feel better.” Borgelt and her team reached their conclusion after reviewing the medical charts of 121 patients collected over a four-year period. A large majority of subjects experienced some reduction in headaches: 85 percent reported a decrease, while 12 percent had no change, and only a small, but unfortunate 2.5 percent experienced more migraines.
While this is good news, the study only looked at the effects of cannabis on migraine and not the biochemistry of how it achieves them. “We believe serotonin plays a role in migraine headaches, but we are still working to discover the exact role of cannabinoids in this condition,” Borgelt said.
Secondary findings showed that different cannabis delivery routes had different strengths: Inhalation, is one of the quickest for onset, generally within 2 minutes was best for treating acute migraines. On the other hand, sublingual and edibles, which have a longer onset, helped prevent headaches.
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What is CBD?
While many people consume cannabis for its psychoactive elements, which are induced by the cannabinoid THC, there are other elements to the plant that promote wellness without any psychoactive features. There is a reason to believe that the future of cannabis lies not in its ability to get consumers “high,” but in its scientifically-researched ability to reduce stress, boost immunity, and help regulate mood, pain, and sleep. Cannabis’ future as a promoter of wellness stems from the high concentration of CBD, more formally known as cannabidiol, that exists within the plant. CBD interacts with the body’s endocannabinoid system (or ECS), a biological system that helps to regulate cognitive and physiological processes like appetite, memory, mood, and pain sensation. However, unlike THC, CBD does not directly interact with two primary receptors in the ECS. This allows CBD to maintain a healthy and functioning ECS without the psychoactive effect of feeling “high.”
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One of our most popular line of products is our vast array of full spectrum hemp extracts. They come in a range of dosages, and we also offer extracts in either orange or mint flavors, to help with the taste. These full spectrum extracts provide the benefits of CBD along with other essential flavonoids, terpenes, and other compounds to help promote pain relief and reduce anxiety. Because our full spectrum extracts have the potential for a “false-positive” on a drug test at higher doses, we also offer CBD isolate extracts and oils. These products contain zero THC and are perfect for those with employers with in-depth drug testing requirements. These products provide the benefits of our full spectrum products without any of the worries. We also offer “Happy,” our unique THC-free, CBD-rich hemp extract that contains mood elevating ingredients that help generate an uplifting feeling that never feels overwhelming. This product also has a great taste, with strong notes of fresh citrus that keep you smiling all day long. Finally, our Good Night Sleep Formula CBD extract will help induce sleep without the next day grogginess that typically accompanies most sleep aids. Just take 30 to 45 minutes before bedtime to experience some of the best rest of your life.
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the endocannabinoid system (ECS) plays a fundamental role in homeostasis. The ECS is involved in fertility, appetite regulation, pregnancy, pre- and postnatal development, pain sensation, mood, the pleasurable effects of voluntary exercise and the formation of memory. The ECS, it seems, plays an important part in the development and plasticity of the human brain throughout a person’s lifetime. There is a good reason why mammalian bodies produce their own cannabinoids, in particular anandamide and 2-arachidonoylglycerol (2-AG).
When the ECS is disrupted, or if a person’s genetics do not encode cannabinoid receptors or endocannabinoids properly, health problems occur. The ECS can be disrupted by injuries or illnesses, which can form a part of an inflammatory event (e.g. a long-term viral or bacterial infection) that can cause both short- and long- term changes to the functioning of the ECS. Age also plays a factor in how the ECS functions, just as the brain changes over the course of one’s lifetime. Keeping the ECS “in balance” could therefore help overcome or theoretically even prevent conditions that affect the human brain as it ages. There are several neurological and mood disorders where disruption to the ECS is seen. Some of these conditions are genetic and can occur at any age, whilst others are more likely to occur as we age (although there may still be a genetic component). Some are also autoimmune conditions. There are several studies and reports suggesting that CBD and other cannabinoids (including THC in some instances) may be useful for the treatment of neurological and mood disorders such as: