What Are Terpenes and How Do They Affect The Body?

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For years tetrahydrocannabinol, more commonly known in its abbreviated form THC, has continued to gain the spotlight for the psychoactive effects it produces for both the body and mind. However, the medical side of cannabis is growing in popularity, and that is causing avid users to look for specific terpene profiles, rather than focusing their attention on THC content. In this article, we're going to go a bit further in-depth, sharing what terpenes are and how they affect the body.

What Are Terpenes?

Terpenes are compounds found within the cannabis plant, among other types of plants, which are aromatic and most known for the variety of flavors they provide. For instance, some terpenes may smell and taste like oranges or lemons to name a couple. Although terpenes do exist in other plants, they are most commonly associated with cannabis due to the higher concentrations of terpenes that exist within the plant.

Diving further, terpenes are often used in a variety of cannabis products, such as CBD Tinctures and Delta 8 THC Cartridges to enhance the experience, along with providing natural organic flavor. The Superstrain Delta 8 Disposable Vape Pen, for example, uses a combination of clean Delta 8 THC distillate and a blend of terpenes to provide its variety of flavor options. It is the aromatic oils that is within terpenes that cause these different scents and flavors, which is why it is especially important to choose products terpenes that offer the specific type of flavor you desire.

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Why Are Terpenes Important?

Terpenes are an important part of cannabis use, especially today when it is commonly being used for its medicinal benefits. Terpenes provide a range of benefits, stretching from the entourage effect to the variety of soothing effects, to the taste it offers. While terpenes have never been shining glory of cannabis, without it, your experience would definitely be less desirable. As new products are being developed and expert terpene profiles are being used with them, they are becoming more popular than ever.

How Do Terpenes Affect The Body?

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Terpenes affect the body in many ways. In fact, there is a substantial amount of evidence that tie terpenes to direct physiological effects on the body. For instance, terpenes such as linalool provide calming effects and pain relief, where as terpenes such as limonene are known to elevate your mood. There is a massive assortment of terpenes available, and each one provides some type of medical benefit and effect on the body. Medical benefits could range from acting as an anti-bacterial to alleviating insomnia, stress, depression, and more. Terpenes can provide effects that range from acting as a sedative to enhancing THC's psychoactivity. There are so many ways terpenes affect the body, and these examples are just a few of them.

What Type of Terpenes Exist?

Believe it or not but there are more than 20,000 terpenes that exist, and out of that massive 20,000, there are as many as 100 that have been identified in the cannabis plant alone. The cannabis plant produces many terpenes, yet ones like Limonene, Myrcene, Terpinol, Linalool, and Beta-Pinene are some of the most commonly used. These terpenes, as previously shared, greatly affect the body and also provide a variety of soothing scents and delicious tastes, such as lemon, orange citrus, apple, and even woody flavor notes.

How You Can Benefit From A Terpene Blend?

You can greatly benefit from a terpene blend from its medicinal benefits and the effects it offers. One of the most popular benefits from a terpene blend is that when it is combined with other cannabinoids, such as Delta 8 THC or CBD, it creates an entourage effect, boosting the benefits and enhancing the effects to a heightened level. For example, when you combine the terpene Pinene with THC, it will actually help counteract any compromised memory that is caused by using THC. This is just one of the benefits of a terpene blend, and there are so many more to take advantage of and explore.