As you delve further within the CBD industry, you’ll start to notice the word “terpenes” is brought up more often than naught when speaking about Full Spectrum CBD. Terpenes are a very important factor in the synergy between the compounds in CBD. In this article, we’ll explain what Terpenes are, and why you should know about them.
What are Terpenes?
Terpenes are a natural compound found in flowers, fruits, plants and herbs. They’re responsible for the aroma that some plants and flowers may have. They’re the reason why oranges smell citrusy and why roses smell like nasturtium and cloves. There are over 200,000 terpenes that exist, and there are at least 120 of them are found in hemp plants.
Apart from being responsible for the light aromas from plants, terpenes also play a huge part in manufacturing CBD. When Full Spectrum CBD is extracted from the hemp plant, CBD compounds and terpenes are usually intact. Because terpenes are natural compounds in CBD, they play a primary role the synergy between CBD and the other compounds found within it—this is called the “Entourage effect”. The “Entourage Effect” is the synergy between all the natural compounds found in CBD; compounds like terpenes, flavonoids and Omega Acids work together to produce potentially heightened relief in consumers. The benefits of the “entourage effect”, is why many prefer to consume Full Spectrum CBD.
So, what does Terpenes do exactly?
When we consume CBD, it interacts with our endocannabinoid system. The endocannabinoid system is a complex, biological system that plays a key role in a range of functions and processes such as our mood, appetite, memory, reproduction and sleep. By attaching to CB1 and CB2 receptors in the endocannabinoid system, CBD is able to produce beneficial results to our body. When terpenes are present, they interact with cannabinoids, which heightens the effect that CBD has on the body, while also providing a healthy amount of nutrients.
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