Top 8 Hemp Terpenes Facts You Should Know
Author : Jessica Assaf
The Magazine: Top 8 Hemp Terpenes Facts You Should Know
Terpenes are the main class of aromatic compounds found in hemp and many other plants. They are the molecules that are responsible for the scent, flavor and sometimes even the effect on the human body.* The most fascinating characteristic of terpenes is their ability to interact with other compounds in the plant and activate synergistic benefits called “The Entourage Effect.”*
Hemp has hundreds of terpenes that work together to activate other compounds in the plant. Studies suggest that terpenes may adjust the strength of individual cannabinoids, like Cannabidiol (CBD), improving the overall benefits of hemp.* Because our sense of smell is linked to emotion and memory centers in the brain, it is believed that there is a “cause and effect” between the scent of terpenes and improved overall mood.*
Do hemp terpenes contain CBD?
Terpenes do not contain CBD. As a cannabinoid, CBD is a distinct type of compound that exists alongside, but independently of, terpenes. Terpenes instead promote particular aromas and flavors, as well as alter the way cannabinoids like CBD interact with the series of receptors found throughout the brain and body known as the endogenous cannabinoid system.* Because of this, terpenes are thought to play a role in augmenting cannabinoid effects.* Each cultivar of hemp and cannabis has a unique combination of terpenes known as its “terpene profile.”
Studies suggest that terpenes may adjust the strength of individual cannabinoids, improving the overall therapeutic benefits of hemp.