What Are Terpenes In CBD Oil?

What Are Terpenes In CBD Oil And Which Ones Are Best for You?

When it comes to cannabis and CBD oil products, it’s often the scents that we notice first. But the different scents and flavors of cannabis plants are not just a way to tell them apart. It also determines what kind of medicinal role each plant has to offer. When you smell a plant, what’s giving off that scent is something known as a terpene. And it has more to offer than just a distinct smell. It is now one of the biggest areas of interest for cannabis researchers, as terpenes in CBD oil have the potential to help treat everything from insomnia to cancer.

Terpenes are essential oils found in all plants, flowers, vegetables and herbs, and they have healing properties by themselves. While still in the plant, they help protect the plant from various threats, like fungus, insects and stressors in their environment. When you smell the fragrance of peppermint and lemongrass, you’re actually smelling the terpenes limonene and myrcene.

Although more than 200 types of terpenes have been identified, not all of them have the same kind of value or effects. Only a few have risen to the top of the list as having useful therapeutic properties, and they are gaining more interest for their therapeutic value.

How Do Terpenes Work?

When combined with CBD, the healing properties of terpenes can benefit users by binding to neurotransmitters and receptors in the brain. They can increase dopamine activity or enhance norepinephrine activity. Or they can help us relax or they may help boost our energy. Research has found that terpenes directly affect the brain’s neurotransmitters in many different ways, so learning more about what properties are provided by different terpenes can help you choose which products are best for you.

In particular, the medical cannabis industry is interested in seeing how to use this new information to improve results with cannabis products. One of the benefits of terpenes in high-THC cannabis is that they help balance the psychoactive effects of THC and can decrease the anxiety associated with it.

The much talked-about “entourage effect,” in which all of the compounds within the plant work together, has long been thought to be associated only with THC cannabis. But today researchers have found that oil from hemp plants can also produce the entourage effect, resulting in health and wellness benefits for a broad spectrum of uses.

Since terpenes have so many different effects and applications, it’s useful to do your homework as you look for the product that is best for you. Third party lab reports often include a “Terpene Profile” section where you can see the levels of each terpene in a product. Here’s a look at some of the most popular terpenes used and their common uses:

Terpenes in CBD Oil Graphic from CBD Oil Users

Where Can I Buy Terpenes?

People commonly purchase terpenes to add them to their existing CBD oil products. The company that we recommend for terpenes is True Terpenes. They are the industry leader and produce natural, organic steam-distilled terpenes from various plants sourced from within the USA. Their terpenes can be used individually to take advantage of each terpene’s unique effect or combined in different formulas.

Brian Peterson

Brian Peterson has been a CBD consumer advocate and educator since 2015. He is the founder and managing editor of the CBDOilUsers.com website. He's also the lead administrator of the CBD Oil Users Group, the largest CBD group on Facebook. His passion is educating consumers so that they can make their own decisions when purchasing and using CBD products.

  1. Thank you for providing this information. Love learning and I value you and your products ☺️

  2. Great article! Do you have references about the way the terpenes influence the brain?

  3. Thank you for ALL the effort put into providing factual, documented educational resource material for those of us who choose to use CBD Oil to treat our health challenges, be it physical or mental.

  4. The more I read, the more I learn. Thanks for the big effort on your part. Turns out 69% of all cbd oils on the market aren’t what they say they are. Definitely pays to do your research.

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