There are many components of marijuana that are known to have therapeutic benefits. The most commonly talked about are CBD and THC. While THC has many medicinal benefits such as being able to reduce tumors, nausea, depression, PTSD and autism, it also has psychoactive properties that are not always desired. You could consume a smaller dose to get the benefits with less effect or you could consume a THC free CBD concoction instead. CBD is another powerful compound that has been found to have innumerable medicinal benefits. It is a powerful ant-inflammatory, antispasmodic pain reliever that has been found to be very calming yet uplifting without having any psychoactive effects. It can be used to treat stress, depression, insomnia and anxiety with no psychoactive result. For this reason, CBD has become a popular form of treatment for a variety of conditions across the country.
The Balancing Power of CBD and THC
The medicinal benefits of both THC and CBD have been attributed to more than just their chemical composition. A lot is attributed to their effect on the endocannabinoid system (ECS). The human body contains a system that is made up of CB1 and CB2 receptors that govern homeostasis in the body. They manage sleep, appetite, blood pressure, mood, the nervous system and the basic functions of the body. The CB1 and CB2 receptors are found all through the body and its organs. When there is a problem with the functioning of this system, either due to age or some other influence, the CB1 and CB2 receptors are not able to maintain equilibrium. Both THC and CBD trigger the receptors and help to bring the body back into balance.
How Terpenes Bring Out the Character of Cannabis Strains
Terpenes are another non-psychoactive compound found in marijuana that can have a strong medicinal effect on the body. Terpenes are the components in plants, flowers and fruit that add both aroma and flavor. They play a distinct part in the medicinal effects of herbs in general and give the distinct character, smell and taste to every plant. These terpenes are also found in marijuana and are produced from the same glands that CBD and THC come from on the plant. Each strain contains a different host of terpenes that gives the plant its unique flavor, smell and effect. Over 100 terpenes have been associated to marijuana plants and each strain contains its own unique blend. Berry, citrus, pine and mint are common ones that are found in a variety of popular marijuana strains. Like CBD and THC they have their own individual set of medicinal effects.
CBD-Infused Terpene Oil Brings the Best of Both Worlds
Now a combination of CBD with a medicinally effective and tasty terpene has entered the market with a bang and for good reason. The taste and flavor alone may seem like reason enough to develop this product, but adding the medicinal effects of the terpenes makes it a powerful and extremely useful product. CBD is packed full of medicinal benefits. Its anti-inflammatory and pain killing effects makes it useful for just about any illness. Even internally inflammatory conditions such as Alzheimer’s has been found to be treated with the use of CBD. The oil is used to treat all kinds of seizures including those induced by epilepsy. Those who have suffered from trauma related brain injury swear by its effects and many who have taken dangerous opioid pain killers in the past have found their symptoms relieved by the use of CBD. Add to this the effect of a specifically chosen terpene and you have a remedy for any situation.
The Most Common Terpenes in Marijuana
There are many varieties of terpenes, too many to list, but these are some that occur frequently in marijuana plants.
This is probably the most commonly found terpene in female marijuana plants. It’s also regularly found in hops. It smells a lot like cloves and has powerful analgesic, anti-inflammatory and antibiotic properties. Myrcene is a powerful sedative and muscle relaxer with antispasmodic effects.
This is a citrus-y terpene that occurs in “lemon” strains such as Lemon Diesel. It has an uplifting, relaxing effect that can elevate someone’s mood. Studies showed that people who had been exposed to limonene had increased focus, mental attention span, general wellbeing and a healthier sex drive. It also has anti-bacterial, anti-fungal and anti-carcinogenic properties and can reduce gastric acid.
This terpene has a spicy, minty taste and smell that is also found in rosemary as well as eucalyptus. It has strong pain relieving qualities and is also known to improve circulation and energy. Eucalyptol assists with concentration, inner balance and equilibrium and improves peace of mind.
This is a terpene found in lavender and other flowers and has a very floral smell. It is used to treat a variety of cancers and has a strong sedative effect. Linalool has an anti-convulsing, antidepressant and anti-anxiety effect on people.
This is a powerful terpene which, just as its name suggests, smells like pine. It’s also found in rosemary, sage and thyme which are all plants that have been used for thousands of years for medicinal purposes. Pinene is a great expectorant, bronchodilator, anti-inflammatory and local antiseptic. It can clear the mind, improve memory and facilitate focus.
This terpene has a menthol, minty somewhat camphor-like smell. It’s commonly used in Chinese medicine to treat stress, fatigue and physical regeneration and recovery after illness. Borneol has a calming, stress relieving affect and is found in the Super Silver Haze marijuana strain.
There are many more terpenes to be discovered and explored but those mentioned above offer a good way to understand how the smell, taste and medicinal properties of a plant can come together through the various combinations of terpenes. Once you understand how this works, you will never drink tea or eat fruit in the same way since these medicinal properties are present wherever the terpene is found. Add together with the powerful medicinal properties of CBD and you have an exciting remedy on your hands that can be used to improve your life in countless ways. It’s no wonder these products are hitting the marketplace with such an enthusiastic response.