What are Terpenes, and why is it important in Full Spectrum CBD Oil? Terpenes are what gives plants an aromatic smell, such as an orange with a citrusy scent, or pine trees with a unique aroma. Terpenes are a huge part of essential oils (lavender, frankincense…) as they give the special aromatherapeutic properties. So, why are we talking about terpenes in our Full Spectrum CBD oil?
It has been discovered that terpenes can play a large role in healing, along with the cannabinoids found in the industrial hemp plant. In fact, cannabinoids and terpenes work together in something called an "entourage effect".
The entourage effect simply means that cannabinoids, such as the CBD, CBG, CBN, THC, along with 100+ compounds and terpenes, work together in a beneficial way in the human endocannabinoid system. Whole plant therapy does its best job when utilizing all the compounds, and not just a single compound as CBD - as found in isolate, pure CBD products.
There are at least 20,000 different terpenes in plants, and the cannabis plant has more than 100 of these terpenes. Most of these terpenes in the hemp are formed inside the cannabis trichomes, and their presence is affected by the intensity of the light exposure and spectrum.
Terpenes found in many plants could potentially regulate inflammation and help with many other neurological issues through the endocannabinoid system, the system which keeps the body in balance through homeostasis. By binding to CB2 receptors (one of two receptors in the endocannabinoid system), terpenes, such as Beta-Caryophyllene, Myrcene, and Limonene can improve overall health and well-being by controlling pain, inflammation, sleep, and mood.