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.