You’ve probably heard of the essential oil craze and people swearing that diffusing specific essential oils can help treat different issues. Lavender is popular for creating a calming environment for sleep. Peppermint is supposed to open your sinuses. Lemon wakes you up. These effects can be attributed to the terpenes found in the essential oils.
Terpenes are not only found in essential oils, but in all plant life, including cannabis.
Terpenes are what gives cannabis its flavors and smells. They are produced in the resin glands, the same way that CBD and THC are created. While they affect flavors and smells, terpenes also add different qualities to your cannabis experience. Some terpenes may increase mental awareness while other terpenes have a more sedative effect. That’s why you can get different results with your cannabis depending on what terpenes are in play.
This is called “the entourage effect,” meaning that your cannabis experience is shaped by not only the type of cannabis you’re using but also the terpenes that are involved.
What are the terpenes found in CBD?
These are the five most common terpenes that can be found in cannabis:
- Pinene: The most common terpene in the world, this is what gives cannabis (and pine needles, basil, parsley, etc.) its signature woodsy smell. Pinene is famous for its anti-inflammatory properties and is thought to help promote a sense of alertness and brain clarity.
- Myrcene: While pinene is the most common terpene in the world, myrcene is the most common terpene found in cannabis. Myrcene is used as a relaxer and is responsible for that calm, sleepy feeling you may get when using cannabis. Though most people think CBD can make you tired, it’s really myrcene that causes the drowsiness.
- Limonene: As its name suggests, limonene is the citrus smell that’s found in fruits and perfumes. It promotes mental clarity, stress relief, and elevated moods.
- Humulene: With its earthy smell (think coriander, cloves, hops, etc.) humulene is a terpene that suppresses appetite, unlike other terpenes. If you’re prone to the munchies or trying to watch your weight, strains with humulene terpenes are worth looking into.
- Linalool: With a floral smell, linalool balances out the psychotropic effects of THC, helping you balance anxiety and stress. It’s also used as an anti-inflammatory and anti-depressant.
While there are plenty more terpenes to explore, these five are commonly found in cannabis.
How to customize your CBD experience with terpenes
Now that you know a little bit about how terpenes work, you can customize your CBD experience with terpenes. The most notable way to customize your CBD experience with terpenes is to enhance your CBD products with different flavors.
For example, if you’d like to add flavoring to your vape or CBD oil, you can customize your experience by choosing the type of taste you’re going for.
You can also take it a step further by choosing CBD products with terpenes that are based on the effects you’re looking for. Terp Toads come in different flavors, each one with a different desired effect:
- Strawberry AK:
May help with: Stress, Depression, Pain, Headaches
Effect: Relaxation, Euphoria, Focus
Flavor: Strawberry, Sweet, Floral
- Pineapple Express:
May help with: Stress, Depression, Pain
Effect: Happy, Uplifted, Euphoria
Flavor: Pineapple, Tropical, Sweet
- Blueberry OG:
May help with: Eye Pressure, Fatigue, Insomnia, Stress
Effect: Happy, Relaxed, Sleepy, Euphoria
Flavor: Blueberry, Sweet
Terpenes are a great way to enhance your experience with CBD and truly customize how the products interact with your system.
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