WHAT ARE TERPENES?
Terpenes are organic compounds found in cannabis, as well as many other plants, that are responsible for the plant’s noteworthy smell. But, that is not all that these powerful compounds do! Over 100 terpenes naturally occur in the cannabis plant, with the purpose of protecting the plant from predators in the wild.
Not only do terpenes make each strain smell differently, which is why budtenders have you smell the raw flower, they also have their own unique therapeutic benefits. Each strain of cannabis has a unique terpene profile that contributes to how your body experiences the cannabinoids.
Some terpenes, like Myrcene, create a sense of relaxation while others, like Beta-Caryophyllene, are known for their anti-inflammatory properties. We will be highlighting the many benefits of terpenes found in our products in future blogs.
WHY ARE TERPENES ADDED INTO CKSOUL PRODUCTS?
Terpenes play an incredibly important role in finding relief with cannabis. Each of our products contains an added terpene blends to preserve the power of the whole plant! When cannabis products are created with heat, terpenes are lost, which is why it is so important to reintroduce them back into our products. When you lose the terpenes you lose the unique benefits that they add to cannabis.
Terpenes also play a significant role in how you feel and how the body experiences cannabinoids. They work with CBD and THC cannabinoids by acting on the endocannabinoid receptors and neurotransmitters and to create what’s known as the entourage effect. Some terpenes even bind with endocannabinoid CB1 and CB2 receptors. Adding them to our products essentially helps to enhance the plants many therapeutic benefits!
WHAT ARE THE BENEFITS OF TERPENES?
Every terpene has its own unique benefits, that add a nuanced effect to our tinctures. Because of the entourage effect you will have a greater impact from all of the compounds than one single compound. Terpenes are synergistic with fats, meaning they dissolve best in the MCT oil used in our products. They act on serotonin, norepinephrine, dopamine, and GABA receptors, all of which directly affect mood.
Cannabis compounds, like terpenes and cannabinoids work together for the greatest therapeutic benefit. Each one of our products has a carefully selected terpene blend that nuances the strain and supports the indicators on our product packaging. See the image below for a breakdown of common cannabis terpenes and their benefits. Follow along each week as we break down the different terpenes we use in our products.