What are the therapeutic benefits of terpenes?

What are the therapeutic benefits of terpenes?
Cannabis Health News

You may have heard about terpenes alongside CBD and THC in your cannabis-based products, but which ones should you look out for? And what are their therapeutic benefits? Cannabis-based products contain more than just CBD or THC. Along with over 100 other cannabinoids, many CBD products and cannabis flower contain a host of compounds known as terpenes which are thought to work in synergy with active ingredients like CBD to boost the therapeutic effects.  What are terpenes?  Terpenes are naturally occurring compounds found in many plants and animals, not just cannabis. They produce the aromas, flavours and sometimes the colours of vegetation. Lavender, for example, includes the terpene linalool which gives the plant its aromatic scent.  Terpenes are responsible for the difference in smell, taste and effects between cannabis strains.  While cannabinoids produce the primary benefits associated with cannabis, terpenes are thought to play a big role in how cannabinoids react with the body and the brain.  This is referred to as the entourage effect – a concept that suggests compounds within the cannabis plant work together to enhance its effects. Cannabis consumers have spoken about the entourage effects for a number of years, but now science is confirming people’s claims.  For instance, a study conducted last year at the University of Arizona Health Sciences department found that cannabis terpenes used independently of cannabinoids created similar pain-relieving properties. When combined with cannabinoids, the pain-reducing effects were amplified without an increase in negative side effects. What are the different terpenes? There are thousands of terpenes in existence with over 150 identified in cannabis. While the effects of most terpenes are still poorly understood, a handful are well-researched and support anecdotal evidence from cannabis consumers.  Linalool Linalool produces the stress-relieving and sedative effects associated with lavender and chamomile, as well as certain…

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