Found in Mother Nature’s medical cabinet, terpenes are molecules that are found in the essential oils of plants, and are the substance responsible for a plant's distinct fragrance. Essential oils that hold numerous medicinal benefits such as an increased blood flow, enhanced cortical activity, and the ability to kill pathogens. While lower levels of terpenes are found in many plants and insects to repel predators, cannabis is said to naturally have one of the highest levels of terpenes. Terpenes are also what give cannabis its distinct, strong smell.
Cannabinoids and terpenes work together to synergistically create what is known as the “entourage effect”, amplifying the therapeutic benefits of the plant’s individual components in the body. Through magnifying the effects of individual components, the medicinal impact of the whole plant is greater than the sum of its parts, thus “the entourage effect.”
The essential oil revolution throughout the years has brought new scientific research and awareness to the numerous medical benefits of terpenes and aromatherapy. Terpenes offer help through the treatment of pain, inflammation, depression, anxiety, addiction, epilepsy, cancer, fungal and bacterial infections, and more.
While nearly all major terpenes in cannabis are anti-pain or anti-inflammatory, some can increase or decrease the psychoactive effect of the THC in cannabis, which can be an important factor when choosing between the 200 different kinds.
Terpenes used with CBD may take away THC’s psychoactive effects and only amplifies the beneficial effects of the cannabinoid-terpenoid interaction, without causing THC-induced anxiety.
No matter what need you'd like to meet, there is most likely a terpene for you!