What Are Terpenes? Your Complete Guide to the Benefits of Terpenes

benefits of terpenes

There are over 60 peer-reviewed studies about the benefits of medical marijuana, and 68% of these studies found medical marijuana to be beneficial.

Are you new to using medical marijuana or hemp? While you may know all about the benefits of cannabinoids such as CBD, do you know the benefits of terpenes?

Terpenes are a crucial aspect of marijuana. They give both marijuana and hemp its classic smell, they’re responsible for marijuana’s distinguished taste, and they also pack many medical benefits.

But terpenes are more complex than we think they are. Here are the benefits of terpenes and all other crucial information you should know.

What Are Terpenes

All plants have terpenes. They are naturally-occurring hydrocarbons in plants.

Terpenes, along with terpenoids, are the constituents of the essential oils in both plants and flowers. For example, some flowers give off a sweet aroma because of its terpenes.

These oils are what gives cannabis its unique scent and flavor. Terpenes are also varied, meaning they produce different aromas and flavors, depending on the strain.

For example, if you ever smelled the hemp plant, you can easily identify its earthy and slightly “skunky” scent. This is due to the unique terpenes found in hemp.

Other factors affect terpene production in cannabis. This includes maturation, climate, soil type, fertilizers, and the time of day.

Cannabis terpenes have a major job: warding off predators. In addition, the scent lures in pollinators such as bees.

There are currently over 200 identified terpenes in the cannabis plant.

The Benefits of Terpenes

Condensing terpene benefits to a few examples is difficult. That’s because there are hundreds of terpenes and they each offer their own unique health benefits. But we will discuss some of the most common benefits.

Relaxation and Stress-Relief

55% of CBD users say the cannabinoid helps them relax. While CBD helps your body produce the endocannabinoids that benefit your mental health, terpenes also provide stress-relieving benefits.

Many terpenes, such as myrcene, offer sedative qualities. While other terpenes, such as limonene, induce happiness that melts stress away.

Enhances Focus

On the opposite end of the spectrum, CBD also helps improve your focus. Many think it’s because the cannabinoid improves your sleep, meaning you’re alert when you wake up.

We can also thank terpenes found in hemp and marijuana strains. For example, pinene is said to improve memory and focus. If you love the musky scent of hemp, pinene’s earthy scent is the reason for this aroma.

Improves Mood

No matter why you take CBD, all users can agree on one thing — your mood improves for the long-run. Terpenes play a crucial role in this. Linalool is a great example.

Do you feel happy when you smell lavender? That’s because linalool is also a major terpene in this famous flavor. It’s also abundant in cannabis.

Linalool helps decrease the effects of depression as well as decreases pain and is even antibacterial.

Most Common Terpenes

Your marijuana or hemp strain will likely contain these terpenes:

  • Myrcene
  • Pinene
  • Caryophyllene
  • Limonene
  • Humulene
  • Linalool
  • Terpinolene
  • Ocimene

These terpenes range in aromas from woodsy to spicy and even sweet and tangy. They offer a range of benefits such as stress relief to anti-viral and anti-bacterial properties.

Terpene Isolates vs Full Spectrum

Should you take terpenes alone, such as isolating cannabinoids? There are pros and cons to it. Here’s a look at vaping or consuming terpene isolates versus “full-spectrum” cannabis products.

Terpene Isolates

The major benefit of taking terpene isolates is you know what’s in the product and you know what you’re treating.

It’s similar to taking a CBD isolate; you know CBD won’t get you “high” and you know you’re only consuming the health-boosting cannabinoid.

Why does this matter for terpenes? Let’s say you want to heal with terpenes and want an uplifting but relaxing terpene. You can take myrcene isolates for that sensation. This also helps if you love the smell and taste of cloves!

Since terpenes are oils, you can extract them from the plant and isolate them. This is why terpenes are available to vape and are even available as edibles.

Full-Spectrum

“Full-spectrum” is a term that means consuming all healing qualities of the marijuana or hemp plant.

While each cannabinoid or terpene offers its own benefits, consuming the plant full-spectrum ensures you’re consuming every beneficial aspect of the plant.

Let’s emphasize on terpenes. For example, one cannabis strain can have as many as 27 terpenes. If you only consume one terpene, you’re depriving yourself of the healing the additional terpenes can provide.

But what if you want to try full-spectrum marijuana but don’t want to consume psychoactive THC?

Focus on full-spectrum hemp oil. Hemp combines zero-to-little THC but is packed with non-psychoactive cannabinoids such as CBD and also has a decent amount of terpenes.

How to Take Terpenes

When you discover if you want to focus on terpene isolates or take full-spectrum hemp oil, it’s time to take your product! But how do you consume cannabis? Vaping and ingesting are the two most common methods.

Vaping

After the terpenes and/or cannabinoids are extracted, they’re made into a product that you can easily add to a vape pen and inhale. Vaping is gentle on the lungs and you can gain immediate relief.

Ingesting

You can take terpene oil or hemp oil and apply the product under your tongue as a tincture. You can also add this product to your food or beverage.

Heal With Terpenes Today

Are you healing with cannabis? If so, take your healing a step further with terpenes. With more cannabis research underway, we’re better understanding the benefits of terpenes.

Like cannabinoids such as CBD, they offer advantages such as stress relief as well as improving your mood and even destroying bacteria.

Should you take terpene isolates or full-spectrum hemp oil? Every consumer will have a different preference. Either way, we offer both CBD and hemp products as well as terpene products. Shop our terpene selection today!