What are Cannabis Terpenes?

What are Cannabis Terpenes?

You have probably seen the word terpenes in the cannabis world, but they aren't only found in the cannabis plant. Terpenes are compounds that make plants smell the way they do. Lavender and Rosemary all have terpenes that give them their unique aroma and can even help protect them from predators. Plants have many different terpenes and often the combination of these is what adds potential
health benefits.

Certain terpenes work with our endocannabinoid system, in the same way CBD can, which can help to achieve balance and yield health/wellness benefits. Terpenes are actually part of that "entourage effect" that happens when all of the plant compounds work together to enhance each other's properties. Different strains of cannabis plants produce different combinations of terpenes, which is why certain strains are better for specific needs.

Specific terpenes are known for their scent/flavor and the benefits they may yield. Limonene is known for its citrus aroma and possible anti-inflammatory, anti-anxiety/stress benefits. Myrcene is known for its possible calming effects and its more herbal scent and flavor, and can possibly help with insomnia. Myrcene can also be found in thyme, mango, and lemongrass.

Terpenes are just another reason that plant-based products can help us in our journey to achieve balance and wellness.

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