If you're familiar with hemp and cannabis, you may have heard the term "terpenes" before - at your local dispensary, from your favorite budtender, or maybe by a friend at the smoke sesh. But what exactly are terpenes, and what can they do to improve your smoke?
Terpenes are aromatic compounds that create the different scent profiles for hemp, as well as many other familiar plants and herbs. Many of our favorite smells - like lavender, citrus, and pine - are due to the plants' specific combination of terpenes! These fragrances have also been associated with different types of physical and mental benefits, making terpenes a perfect pairing for CBD and THC!
Here's a breakdown of some of the most common Terpenes:
Pinene - Also found in Pine Needles, Rosemary, Basil, and Parsley, the earthy tones of Pinene have been known to aid with Alertness and Memory Retention. Pinene has also been known to act as a bronchodilator, meaning it can help open the airways and increase oxygen flow!
Myrcene - Myrcene, found in Hops, Mango, and Thyme, is responsible for a strains' spicy, peppery flavor. This particular terpene can help reduce Pain and Inflammation. It also has both Antioxidant and Antimicrobial benefits!
Linalool - This popular, floral terpene is commonly known for being Anti-Anxiety and an Antidepressant, with high relaxation qualities. This Terpene can be found in Lavender, Cinnamon, and Mugwort, as well as many haircare, skincare, and cleaning products!
Limonene - Associated with the more fruity, citrus aromas, Limonene is often used for its Energizing effects, and can also help reduce Anxiety and Depression. Limonene is present in Mint, Dill, and citrus fruits like Oranges and Lemons.
Caryophyllene - Another earthy scented terpene, Caryophyllene produces a spicy, peppery, wood-like aroma, and can be found in plants like Black Pepper and Cinnamon. This terpene can be Anti-Inflammatory, Anti-Anxiety, and has the potential to act as an Antidepressant!
* Pro-Tip! : When vaping Flower or Concentrates, set your vaporizer to the lowest heat setting to get the most flavor out of your Terpenes! Higher heat settings can burn off Terpenes before they can be tasted! *
Now that we know what Terpenes can do, it's easy to see how Terpenes and CBD/THC complement each other! By working together, the Terpenes and Cannabinoids found in our Anchored products can offer a perfectly curated smoke for any occasion!