If you have done only a few minutes of research on CBD, you have probably encountered terms like ‘the entourage effect,’ ‘full spectrum CBD,’ ‘broad spectrum CBD’ and ‘cannabis terpenes.’ If these terms are unfamiliar to you, don’t worry! They haven’t been around long and are just now becoming mainstream terminology. One of the most important aspects of the CBD industry are terpenes.
Cannabis connoisseurs are notorious for having the most ridiculous terminology. The different strain names used to classify marijuana ‘breeds’ are straight comedy. Terpenes, however, need to be taken seriously especially if you are taking CBD regularly. While lesser known than CBD and THC, terpenes have a major impact on both hemp and marijuana plants.
What Are Cannabinoids and Terpenes?
Terpenes are chemical compounds found in all plants. They give the plant its unique smell and medicinal properties. They are essential in the plant’s survival. Some terpenes attract animals such as bees to promote pollination. Others use their smell to deter unwanted predators.
CBD and THC are both cannabinoids. There are over 100 known cannabinoids each with slightly different chemical make-up that have different effects on the body.
These two chemical compounds make up the cannabis plant. They are what makes CBD oil full spectrum. Unlike isolate CBD, full spectrum leaves these important compounds in the extraction process.
Full spectrum CBD advocates swear by the phenomenon known as the ‘entourage effect.’ This is the combination of CBD, other cannabinoids, and terpenes all working together to deliver an increase in effects. This isn’t just stoner science. There are a number of studies that demonstrate that CBD’s benefits are more present when paired with THC.
CBD and Terpenes
The role terpenes play in CBD is still not fully understood. Scientists believe that terpenes have their own health benefits. Because we are all built a little different, some people benefit more than others by introducing terpenes to the body.
Famous cannabis researcher and neuroscientist, Dr. Ethan Russo believes some terpenes to work in a similar way that CBD does in relation to THC. His paper, Taming THC, explains that CBD and some terpenes act as a suppressant to the unwanted effects of THC.
Cannabis Terpenes and Their Potential Benefits
Below are some of the cannabis terpenes and their benefits. This information is from Leaf Report.
Limonene – Anti-anxiety and anti-cancer properties.
Commonly used for issues related to digestion, gallstones, liver detoxification, weight loss, and sleep disorders
- Pinene – Anti-depressant, anti-inflammatory, and anti-microbial properties. Commonly used for issues related to asthma, bronchitis, depression, memory, and mental illness
- Humulene – Anti-bacterial, anti-inflammatory, anti-tumor effects. Commonly used for issues related to appetite suppression, infections, and pain relief
- Linalool – Anti-anxiety, anti-epileptic, anti-psychotic, pain killing properties. Commonly used for issues related to depression, convulsions, insomnia, and pain relief
Taking these terpenes doesn’t mean all your problems will disappear, but it is extremely surprising to see all the benefits that terpenes have the potential to provide. Most would think that terpenes would be more commonly used outside the world of cannabis.
Full Spectrum CBD From The Green Queen
At The Green Queen, we believe in the entourage effect. We think that CBD should be consumed with all the other compounds from the plant, just like mother nature intended. That’s why we formulated a full spectrum CBD oil.
Our CBD oil comes from organic hemp grown in Italian volcanic soil. Every aspect of our process is done with the consumer’s best interest in mind. Full spectrum CBD oil provides our users with all the cannabinoids and terpenes from our organic hemp plants.
Introduce your body to the entourage effect today with one of our full spectrum CBD oils.