Terpenes & CBD: Everything You Need to Know

Terpenes & CBD: Everything You Need to Know

Published Mar 17

Written By Lani Berry

You've seen terpenes mentioned in relation to CBD before, but what exactly is it? Cannabis terpenes are the aromatic oils that give each strain of cannabis its unique scent and flavor, with over 100 different types identified so far. They’re also what make it such an effective natural treatment option in so many ways. On top of providing an array of health benefits, terpenes and CBD interact synergistically to enhance each other’s effects when used together. Here’s everything you need to know about the relationship between terpenes and CBD, including what they are, how they work together, and how you can take advantage of their synergy to achieve even better results!

What Are Terpenes?

Terpenes are often overlooked in favor of the more famous CBD compound, but research is beginning to show that terpenes are responsible for a wide range of benefits. So what exactly are terpenes? And how do they work with cannabinoids like CBD? Terpenes bind with our CB2 receptors, which are found on top of the cells within our immune system.Through this binding, terpenes can reduce inflammation and help modulate immune system responses. Terpenes also give cannabis its unique smell, and depending on the quantities of the types of terpenes found with your particular product, the scent can change from batch to batch. And always remember: it’s best to consult with a medical practitioner before trying any new products containing terpenes so you know if it will react negatively with any medication you might be taking.

What are the benefits of terpenes?

Terpene oils are natural extracts from plants known for providing an array of medical benefits. Terpenes have been shown to have antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, and neuroprotective properties and may also reduce anxiety or depression, suppress pain, and relieve nausea. In addition, terpene extracts can help with sleeping disorders and increase appetites in those who are underweight. A particular terpene extract called tetrahydrocannabinol acid (THCA) is believed to be responsible for boosting our moods and reducing feelings of anxiety by activating endocannabinoid receptors in our brains. Are you a fruit fanatic? You're in luck! The most common sources of these extracted terpenes include varieties of hemp and citrus fruits like oranges, lemons, limes, grapefruits, pomelos, and bergamots.

How do terpenes work with CBD?

Terpenes and terpenoids, derived from terpenes, have been shown to work synergistically with cannabinoids (such as CBD). Some research shows that these types of compounds bind to specific receptors in your brain and body. This process has been found effective for treating pain, inflammation, depression, anxiety, and more. In addition, a 2011 study found that products containing both terpene and cannabinoid combinations were more effective at relieving pain than taking either compound on its own. Combining CBD oil with terpenes creates a powerful synergy that may enhance each other’s effects and help them penetrate deeper into your system. It’s a bonus since many people find certain terpenes pleasant-smelling, not to mention they provide a very helpful therapeutic effect.

How should these oils be consumed?

There are two ways you can use terpene-rich CBD oils. You can take them sublingually, which means dropping them under your tongue for absorption into your bloodstream. The second way is to directly swallow a dropperful of these high-CBD oil tinctures and let them work their way into your system that way.  Regardless of how you ingest them, though, be sure not to smoke or vape with high-CBD oils to prevent wasting any potential therapeutic effects. Don't know where to start when it comes to CBD oil? Verma Farms offers all this soothing goodness in one bottle, using only natural ingredients, delicious Hawaiian-inspired flavors, and hemp grown right here in the US. Check out our CBD oils and experience the power of terpenes yourself!

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