Terpenes - pronounced “tur-peens” - sound kind of funny yet familiar-ish?? If you’re a DREEM fan, you know that the terpene advantage of our DREEMCBD is what sets us apart from many formulas on the market. Within the last few years, terpenes have become a major topic of study and conversation for the role they play in how cannabis affects us. We thought you may like to know more about these microscopic droplets we hand-selected & doctor formulated to work in your favor.
What the heck is a terpene?
Terpenes are the complex building blocks of any plant resin and develop in the plant over time, becoming most concentrated when the plant is ready to harvest. These hard-working hydrocarbons bring the aroma, flavor and most importantly the physiological effects we receive from many plant-based supplements and oils. We utilize Co2 extraction methods to enhance our CBD products with these tenacious teammates found throughout the plant kingdom. Think essential oils, which are very popular and quite medicinal. Secreted in the flowers’ sticky resin glands, terpenes provide the plant with natural protection from bacteria & fungus, insects & environmental stress, while also helping to attract pollinators. Through distillation, vaporization or CO2 extraction, they are released from plant leaves. The process is of utmost importance when selecting a product containing terpenes, therefore it is wise to ask the manufacturer about their methods to ensure the goods are viable.
What should we know about terpenes?
Safety is a great place to start! Treated as GRAS (generally recognized as safe) by the FDA, numerous studies support they’re effectiveness and dozens of companies currently sell terpene-based items, some of which you may have in your home. Conifers and Citrus plants, which happen to be highly fragrant, are unusually high in terpenes. Both pinene and limonene, respectively, are anti-bacterial and anti-microbial therefore you find them in blemish-care products as well as natural cleaning products. Love lavender for its relaxing, sleep-inducing wonder? You are enjoying calming linalool – which sounds like a nice comfy blanket, doesn’t it? 😊
Terpenes are reliable. Research has concluded that in growing cannabis, environmental factors are non-influential, so terpenes are constant no matter who grew it. This allows for a plant profile that is predictable and results that are more favorable. In cannabis, terpenes are exponentially valuable and give great advantage to the highly prized cannabinoids THC and CBD which typically steal the spotlight. In many cases, the presence of terpenes leads the user to experience the effects of the THC or CBD at an elevated level. The way terpenes and cannabinoids interact synergistically is know as “The Entourage Effect”.
Our bodies are tuned for terpenes. There are more than 200 terpenes in the cannabis plant alone and we are often attracted to the smell of a terpene our body needs. How cool is that? Not only do we have an endocannabinoid system, we have an olfactory system (nose) to clue us into what the endocannabinoid system might be deficient in! It also explains why we either relish or turn away from certain foods, flowers, aromas, etc.
How might terpenes help me?
Most folks are using CBD for pain relief, insomnia and anxiety release, with little knowledge of the tiny terpenes carrying the load! Just like THC and CBD, terpenes have medicinal benefits—they can be anti-bacterial, anti-inflammatory, analgesic, sleep-aid, anti-depressant, anti-anxiety, anti-nausea, anti-proliferative, anti-spasmodic and more. As the science behind terpenes matures, we may be able to provide supplements that are more condition-specific therefore matching users with an ideal product for improving health & lifestyle!
We’ll discuss each of the 6 unique terpenes utilized in DREEMCBD Terpene Advantage
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