Lately it has been all the rage to boast about terpene content in CBD, but does it really matter? Doesn’t all CBD contain plant terpenes? Terpenes give the cannabis plant its aroma and flavor, and provide medicinal benefits as well. Terpenes are also thought to play a roll in what is known as the, “entourage effect,” which states all the parts of the plant work together in harmony for maximum benefit.
Does CBD contain terpenes?
So, do all CBD products contain terpenes? Well, that depends on the extraction technique used. Some brands leave as many terpenes in the finished product as possible. Other brands remove some of the plant terpenes to achieve a cleaner taste that makes the product more palatable to consumers. At Hemp Daddy’s, we use a CO2 extraction technique the removes some of the plant terpenes, but the finished product is still heavy in the beneficial plant terpenes. This gives us a palatable product that doesn’t taste too hempy or plant like, yet retains medicinal properties.
When looking for a high-quality CBD product it’s important to look for the lab results that show terpene content. So far, most of the research that has been done focuses on the medicinal benefits of CBD, not terpenes. But just like terpenes in essential oil, the hundreds of terpenes found in cannabis also have medicinal and therapeutic benefits.
At Hemp Daddy’s, each batch of CBD might contain different terpenes; this is because not every cannabis plant on our farm is of the same strain. The strain of the plant also determines what terpenes are in the plant.
What are the benefits of terpenes?
Just like there are many beneficial cannabinoids in the cannabis plant, there are many different plant terpenes that all have their own unique medicinal benefit.
Below are a few of the better known terpenes and their prospective benefit:
- Mycrene – This terpene is a powerful anti-inflammatory, and a muscle relaxant and sedative.
- Alpha Bisabolol – Known for its anti-bacterial properties, this terpene helps heal wounds and fight inflammation
- Borneol – This terpene is an antiseptic, pain reliever, can help open air passages (great for people with asthma), and helps insominacs
- Linalool – known for its ability to help with neurological function and has anti-inflammatory properties commonly used in patients with liver cancer.
Each terpene contains its own aroma and flavor, cannabis enthusiasts have sought to target specific terpenes in their plants for flavor, scent, and medicinal benefits. This is why there are so many different strains of marijuana.
Terpenes are a natural part of the cannabis plant, and all CBD products will contain at least a trace amount of terpenes, but at the end of the day the most important thing to look for is high CBD content with a full-spectrum of cannabinoids. It has become quite popular to blast about terpene content as a selling point, but just remember it’s more important to find a product with a clean extraction using USA grown organic hemp.