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What Are Terpenes?

Organic compounds responsible for creating the unique aroma of each individual cannabis plant. Not only does it just provide scent, they provide therapeutic benefits like their cannabinoids partners, THC and CBD. They are produced by a variety of plants and insects! Terpenes are formed in the same trichomes as cannabinoids. They bind to the same endocannabinoid receptors located throughout the brain and the body. For example, whatever receptor they react with, different terpenes may help to induce sleep and relax muscles while others reduce sleep and elevate mood, or reduce inflammation and increase energy. Everybody reacts differently!

The presence of certain terpenes can increase or decrease the amount of psychoactive cannabinoid THC is absorbed. Essentially, terpenes control potency!

Additional Definitions

Trichomes: Small hairs or other outgrowth from the epidermis of a cannabis plant. They are translucent or white looking crystals originally developed to protect against predators and elements. They have clear mushroom shaped glands that ooze terpenes as well as the therapeutic cannabinoids like THC and CBD.

Cannabinoids: Chemicals unique to the plant. Terpenes can modify how much of each cannabinoid is absorbed.

The Entourage Effect: When terpenes work together with cannabinoids, therapeutic potentials increase.

Most Common Terpenes

  • Limonene: Used for stress relief, digestion, acid reflux, and is anti-inflammatory, anti-bacterial, and anti-fungal.
  • Linalool: Used for anxiety and stress relief and is an anti-depressant and muscle relaxant.
  • Myrcene: Used as an antiseptic, analgesic, and antioxidant, and as a muscle relaxant and anti-carcinogen.
  • Pinene: Helps improve airflow to lungs, promotes alertness, and is anti-inflammatory and a topical antiseptic.

Here at Herbology, we are able to help our patients get the relief they deserve when they qualify for medical cannabis.


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