The hemp plant is complex. It contains so many different compounds aimed at helping your body deal with everyday aches and pains. One of the most vital parts of the plant’s makeup is terpenes.
Terpenes are the aromatic compounds found in many plants, but they are often associated with cannabis because it has high terpene concentrations. Terpenes also can have healing benefits alone and when paired with other compounds.
How Terpenes affect people:
Because of the aromas these compounds emit, they are often the basis of essential oils. The idea is when paired with hemp and the rest of the compounds, it has healing benefits. This is part of what is known as the entourage effect.
The entourage effect is the theory that all of the compounds found in cannabis work synergistically together when they are combined, producing a more beneficial effect compared to taking them alone. They have been shown to possibly provide neuroprotective and anti-inflammatory effects and could help improve CBD’s therapeutic benefits.
That is why full-spectrum CBD products have gained so much attention. They are thought to utilize the entourage effect to get the full benefits of the plant.
Let’s dive into some of the most common terpenes found in hemp.
Common Terpenes found in hemp:
There are over 100 types of terpenes in the natural world and many of those are found in cannabis plants. Here are four different types of hemp terpenes:
- Pinene: The most abundant terpene found in the natural world. And you may be able to guess by its name it has a distinct pine smell. Pinene is found in many trees and plants it’s also found in hemp. Pinene has been shown to help with mental focus and energy among other benefits.
- Limonene: This is a terpene with a citrus flavor. It has been linked to multiple benefits such as weight loss, treating bronchitis, and has also been explored for cancer treatment.
- Myrcene: A musky and earthy aroma with a hint of fruit. It’s known for its healing qualities. It has been used as an anti-inflammatory, muscle relaxer and a sedative.
- Caryophyllene: This has a hoppy smell. This is in part because of the similarities of hops and hemp, which are cousins in the plant world. It has been shown to help with depression and anxiety.
Terpenes play a vital role in the efficacy and enjoyment of hemp products. They not only give off those great smells that we all have come to love here at Horn Creek Hemp Farm, but they improve the effectiveness of hemp products. Utilizing the entirety of the hemp flower maximizes its value.
We always put an emphasis on utilizing everything the plant has to offer, and by doing so we are able to come up with some outstanding products aimed at helping deal with everyday aches and pains.