Terpenes are trending hot. There are hundreds of identified terpenes: the plant oils and resins that give specific scents…and powerful healing benefits.

Sniff a sprig of lavender. Ah. Crush some rosemary leaves. Hmmm. Inhale the piney fragrance of a Christmas tree. Black pepper? Achoo! A clove studded ham.Yum. Rub orange peel on your fingers. Breathe.

These distinctive aromas have one thing in common: they are the product of the terpenes present in the plants.

Marketers for medical cannabis often use phrases such as full spectrum (contains all the elements of cannabis plus THC), broad spectrum (has had the THC taken out), and isolates (which, as the name says, refers to specific cannabinoids extracted from cannabis or hemp). The most widely promoted is CBD isolate–pure cannabidiol, stripped clean of all other elements. And, while CBD is good,  CBD alone is not enough. You need TERPENES. Why? Traditional herbalists have known for thousands of years that the aromas and tastes of plants exhibit healing phytochemical properties.

Terpenes are a large class of organic hydrocarbons developed by plants over eons as protection against hungry insects, birds, and animals. Terpenes (or terpenoids) give plants distinctive aromas and can be found in the oils and resins produced by plants.

Current media marketing for hemp is loaded with references to terpenes and their contribution to the ‘entourage effect.’ Cannabis or hemp can contain upwards of 140 different terpenes. Certain strains are higher in some terpenes than others—some produce a sedating effect, others are energizing, some are targeted for pain. Some make you crave pizza at 3 AM.

Cloud Forest Botanicals has been producing high quality tinctures from traditional botanicals for over 10 years. Two years ago, we began combining CBD isolate from organic HEMP with traditional herbal extracts from organically grown botanicals and then adding terpene extracts from specific plants (also organically grown) to our proprietary formulas. In this way, we are able to tailor each of our formulas to enhance specific effects, such as muscle relaxation, pain relief, anti-stress, etc.

Some examples of terpenes and their benefits:

  • Myrcene. Found in citrus, hops, mango, bay leaves, eucalyptus, wild thyme, lemon grass and many other plants. Sedative, relaxing, aids digestion, provides protection against peptic ulcers.
  • Pinene is the most widely encountered terpenoid in nature. Anti-inflammatory, anti-parasitic, bronchodilator, anti-cancer.
  • Limonene is found in citrus fruit rinds, rosemary, juniper, peppermint, and pine needle oils. Has an energizing, mood lifting, anti-fungal action. Currently being researched as a treatment for breast cancer.
  • Beta-caryophyllene. Thai basil, cloves, cinnamon, black pepper, and lavender. Properties are antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, and for the treatment of chronic pain. Powerful muscle relaxer.
  • Linalool. Found in hundreds of plants, linalool helps to promote relaxation, reduce anxiety, boost the immune system, reduce lung and bronchial inflammation.
  • Terpineole. Most prominent in pine oils. Has been shown to be anti-inflammatory, anti-oxidant, anti- hypertension.

These are just a few of the hundreds and hundreds of identified terpenes. Here’s a chart that gives an idea of the complexity of the terpene world:

Leafly-Cannabis Terpene Wheel Infographic

One last thing

When seeking a CBD or hemp product, keep in mind that CBD alone is not enough. You need terpenes.  It isn’t enough to simply be told, “Oh, it’s the Entourage Effect. You’ll be fine.” Talk to your herbalist. Ask questions. What effect are you seeking? What condition are you hoping to address?

Hasta Luego – oh, and, a belated Happy 2021 to everyone. 2020…whew. What a ride.

The Cloud Forest Queens

Elizabeth and Dianne

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