Frequently Asked Questions

Terpenes are the key to understanding CBD and hemp extracts.

You’ve probably heard all about how scientists have identified more than 100 different cannabinoids in the hemp plant. Did you know they’ve also identified more than 100 terpenes?

If you asked, “What are terpenes?”, don’t worry. Scientists have only started seriously studying these compounds in the last few years. This guide will explain everything you need to know about terpenes.

What Are Terpenes?

Terpenes are compounds that occur naturally in plants. They’re responsible for aromas and flavors. The distinctive scent of lemons or a pine tree is all thanks to these powerful compounds.

The distinctive scent of the cannabis Sativa plant is also the work of terpenes.

Making plants smell good isn’t the only thing terpenes can do though. In fact, science has recently started uncovering more of what these compounds may be capable of.

The Power Behind Plant-Based Wellness?

Most people think that any potential benefits of hemp come from cannabinoids like CBD and THC. These compounds have their place, but terpenes may also play a role.

Terpenes may be responsible for the potential benefits associated with many plants used in traditional healing. Lavender, for example, is thought to promote sleep and relaxation.

Science can now say that it might actually be true, and it’s thanks to the terpene linalool. This compound appears to have sedative effects, which means it can help you catch your 40 winks.

Teaming Up for Higher Effectiveness

There’s also some suggestion that terpenes and cannabinoids might actually work together.

Terpenes may also be the reason some strains of cannabis have certain effects. Some high CBD strains seem to promote relaxation. Others might make people feel more energetic.

The difference could come down to terpene content. A strain that’s high in the terpene myrcene may promote feelings of relaxation and sleepiness. By contrast, one that has more terpinolene could make you feel more focused and uplifted.

The entourage effect theory says terpenes work together with cannabinoids. In doing so, they amplify these effects.

A List of Terpenes and Their Benefits

A terpenes chart is useful for mapping terpenes and their potential effects. You may be able to find one for your favorite strain. Some CBD and hemp producers are now listing terpenes on their products as well.

So, what terpenes can you find in hemp and cannabis products? What effects do they have?

As mentioned, there are more than 100 identified terpenes. Here are the top 5 terpenes to remember. 

5 Terpenes to Remember

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Pinene is responsible for the smell of pine trees and rosemary.
It may help us breathe easier, feel calmer, and promote
increased mental focus.

Potential Medical Value:

  • Anti-Inflammatory
  • Anti-Anxiety
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Linalool is known as a comfort aroma. Found in lavender, cotton, and linen, it’s responsible for
the soothing smell of fresh warm sheets and towels.

Potential Medical Value:

  • Anti-Anxiety
  • Sedative
  • Antibacterial
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Body Buzz 

Present in mangoes and hops, Myrcene smells earthy, yet tropical and is known for its potentially relaxing and comforting effects that make it easy to stay on the couch.

Potential Medical Value: 

  • Anti-Fungal
  • Insomnia Relief
  • Anti-Inflammatory
  • Anti-Bacterial
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This spicy aroma is found in peppers. Beta Caryophyllene may elevate mood, alleviate depression, and allow your worries to float away.

Potential Medical Value: 

  • Anti Fungal
  • Pain Relief
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Readily associated with lemons and citrus, limonene may promote stress relief + mood elevation, encouraging conversation and overall happiness.

Potential Medical Value:

  • Anti-Anxiety
  • Antidepressant

Taking Advantage of Terpenes Benefits

Terpenes occur naturally in almost every plant, including hemp plants. If you use cannabis, then you can usually access the benefits of terpenes as well.

What about if you use CBD products? Full-spectrum and broad-spectrum CBD products may still have terpenes. The refinement process for making CBD isolate, though, destroys terpenes.

Some companies have recognized how important terpenes are. They’re now putting terpenes back into the products they make with CBD isolate.

Adding terpenes to an ultra-pure CBD product also allows for granular control over the profile. It allows for custom blends of terpenes that deliver the right effects and better flavors.

Discover the World of Terpenes

Terpenes provide flavor, and they may have powerful benefits for your well-being. Check for a terpene chart with any CBD product you want to use, and you’ll have an even better understanding of its effects.

Looking for great products that offer you the best of CBD and terpenes together? Check out the shop! A more flavorful wellness experience is just a few clicks away.

More FAQs

CBD (short for Cannabidiol) is one of the most popular compounds found in hemp and is unique in that it displays a broad range of potentially therapeutic applications, making it an especially attractive agent in a variety of wellness products.

Hemp (or industrial hemp) is a type of plant from the cannabis family that has thousands of potentially useful applications in everyday life, including home goods, healthcare and industrial products.

Hemp-derived CBD is CBD that has been extracted from industrial hemp, which was declared legal by the federal government in 2014.

Unlike its cousin – the marijuana plant – hemp contains less than 0.3% of tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), so it can’t get you high.

CBD is typically available in two forms: “Full spectrum” is an extract that includes all of the cannabinoids from the hemp plant, while the other form (CBD isolate) will be a more concentrated form of CBD with higher purity.

Any CBD product you purchase from Sympleaf Wellness will not register on any drug test (that goes for any CBD that has been extracted from industrial hemp). Not all CBD products are extracted from industrial hemp, so it’s important that you know the source.

It’s our belief that a consumer that pays for any product or service should get what they pay for without worrying about quality. That’s a fundamental component for any successful company. Beyond compromising business integrity, mislabeled products or products with improper measurements – accidental or otherwise – pose a couple of risks to customers:

Legal: depending on your state, if you’re caught using an illegal substance (regardless of whether you were aware), you can be charged. Of course, the company that sold you the product could be held liable, but its best to simply avoid the situation entirely.

Physical: different amounts and concentrations of chemicals will affect everyone differently. If you use a product that doesn’t accurately indicate the proper dosage, then your understanding of the product’s potential effects will be skewed. This will make it difficult to gauge dosages of other products you may try in the future.

It’s important to remember that there’s currently no legal requirement for any company to accurately label its CBD products and until there is, consumers should carefully vet the companies from which they purchase their products.

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