The Power of Plants and how we use Terpenes to enhance Wellness
Terpene. When you first hear this word or see it written, the first thing that comes to mind for a lot of people, is that it has something to do with gasoline, painting supplies, or chemicals. Well, only one of those is actually correct, but maybe not what you think.
Terpenes are a class of naturally occurring hydrocarbon chemicals found in many different types of plants. They are especially common in conifers, citrus plants, cannabis, and certain types of flowers. It’s what gives these plants their rich scents and distinct aroma.
They are the main ingredients in essential oils and have been used in other traditional medicines for hundreds of years. Cannabis, in particular, has a high and diverse concentration of terpenes. Often the terpene profile is overlooked and is arguably quite important. Understanding the effects of the properties of terpenes then allows the realization of how cannabinoids and terpenes work synergistically together.
Now, recall the one word we used to describe Terpenes. That word was “chemicals.” Yes, they are organically occurring hydrocarbon chemicals found in plants. Research has found many beneficial and synergistic terpenes in the Cannabis plant that work with the other cannabinoids. Since all chemicals have unique and specific chemical properties, very specific terpenes found chemically in cannabis are also found in other plants. For example, the terpene, Beta Caryophyllene, which is found in many essential oils, especially clove oil, comes from the stems and flowers of Syzygium aromaticum, Cannabis sativa, rosemary and hops. It has the chemical formula: C15H24 – no matter where or what plant in which it is found. This terpene has gained the attention of scientists when it was discovered to be one of the first non-cannabinoids to directly activate cannabinoid receptors – specifically CB2 receptors. The activation of CB2 receptors in the endocannabinoid system reduces inflammation.
Using Beta Caryophyllene in this example, we have taken the power of plants, in the form of terpenes , and carefully blended them with our Broad Spectrum and Full Spectrum CBD tinctures. This allows us to target a specific state. It’s Canna Meadows’ Target Formula.
Each of our Target Formula Tinctures have different concentrations of CBD per bottle, however, the concentration of the Terpenes is the same , regardless of the MG of CBD.
The terpenes we use are all rated as “Food Grade” and “GRAS” (Generally Regarded As Safe). They are all non -GMO as well. We have done extensive research on how terpenes and the power of plants can boost and enhance the desired effects of CBD. They are a large contributor to the newly coined term “entourage effect”, which is the synergistic response on the endocannabiod system. Further, 100% of our terpenes are free from THC.
Each of our Target Formulas have a description of the terpenes in each Tincture. There is plenty of data online regarding the various terpenes for you to choose the Target Formula best for your desired effect. As with all of our CBD products, we always recommend “go low, go slow” when dosing. Changes in dosing are best observed over a few days.