What are the benefits of terpenes?
Here’s a quick overview of some of the most popular terpenes in cannabis and their impact on our short-term and long-term well-being:
Limonene is a sweet, citrusy terpene reminiscent of summertime bliss. Its aroma matches its mood-boosting therapeutic properties perfectly. Limonene works wonders to combat anxiety, stress, depression, and nausea. And it’s great for any time of day.
Linalool has a unique floral and sugar aroma with a sprinkle of tropical spiciness. Linalool promotes prosocial interactions, relaxation, and sedation. It also decreases anxiety levels, pain responses, and aggressive behavior. Plus, linalool performs well as an antimicrobial.
Myrcene or β-myrcene has an earthy and somewhat citrus-like aroma. Myrcene is hailed for its effectiveness in fighting inflammation, pain, muscle tension, insomnia, bacteria, fungi, and DNA damage.
Alpha-Pinene (α-Pineneα) is a woody and pine-flavored terpene that bolsters memory retention, energy, alertness, airflow, and protein digestion. It also counteracts inflammation system-wide, wrinkles, insects, infections, as well as coughing and breathing problems.
Caryophyllene smells and tastes like a gourmet mixture of spices and peppers. Caryophyllene is a strong pain reliever, anti-inflammatory, anti-depressant, and anti-anxiety. The terpene also helps reduce digestion problems and gastrointestinal issues.
What is the entourage effect?
Combining terpenes with cannabinoids and the spectrum of other beneficial nutrients in whole-plant, full-spectrum cannabis has synergistic impacts on the mind and body.
The interplay between cannabis ingredients and the unique synergy that’s produced is coined the “entourage effect.”
The exact interactions that occur depend on your concoction of terpene essential oils and cannabinoids, of course.
But, in essence, the entourage effect improves the performance of the endocannabinoid system (ECS) and unleashes profound medicinal properties.
Here are just a few benefits of the entourage effect:
- Facilitates the passage of cannabinoids through the blood-brain barrier and throughout the bloodstream.
- Enhances the permeability and effectiveness of cannabinoids at the cellular level.
- Maximizes relief from pain, inflammation, depression, anxiety, epilepsy, cancer, and infections.
- Mitigates the THC-induced “stoned” feeling, which may be a pro or con depending on your cannabis and wellness goals.