Hemp Terpenes: What are their Benefits?
In previous pieces, we have discussed cannabidiol, a buzzword in the hemp product industry. Another up and coming yet lesser-known topic in the industry are terpenes, another natural compound found in hemp plants. Keep reading to learn all about terpenes, and more specifically, the types of terpenes found in hemp. Also, we will discuss cannabinoids and terpenes interact in hemp products for pets.
What is Hemp?
Derived from Cannabis Sativa, hemp is a species of the plant that has 0.3 percent or less THC. This low of a percentage of THC and consuming a product made from it will not cause any noticeable psychoactive effects. The primary cannabinoid found in hemp is cannabidiol. This compound is known to interact with the endocannabinoid system, found in the central nervous system and immune system, making it a popular ingredient in products that offer medicinal benefits.
What are Hemp Terpenes?
Another natural compound found in hemp, terpenes determine how a plant smells. In the case of hemp, a mix of floral, pine, and citrus-like scents. Aside from a scent, they also contribute to a plants taste and color. In the case of hemp, you will find more than 100 of the existing 20,000 terpenes. Some of these terpenes occur in higher concentrations than others, and all of which produce their own effects. Below are just a few of the different types of hemp terpenes:
The primary terpene found in cannabis plants, Myrcene is also found in mangoes. This terpene is responsible for giving marijuana its distinctive aroma. Myrcene offers both relaxing and anti-inflammatory properties.
The second most concentrated terpene found in cannabis is Limonene. It too can be found in various citrus fruits and is responsible for the citrusy smell. Limonene is not present in all cannabis strains. This terpene has powerful anti-fungal and antibacterial properties, and can help reduce stress and boost your mood.
The Beta-caryophyllene terpene is found in a variety of herbs like oregano and black pepper. It is has been shown to treat ulcers and work as a gastro-protectant.
Alpha & Beta Pinene terpene
The Pinene terpene is that which is found in pine trees and lends pine needles with their strong scent. It is found in two varieties: 1. Alpha; responsible for the pine aroma, and 2. Beta; which smells like rosemary, dill, or parsley. Pinene is known for its anti-inflammatory and antiseptic effects.
Also found in Lavender, Linalool is commonly used for its relaxing effects. It is known for having both anti-anxiety and anti-depressant effects. Linalool can also help balance out the anxiety sometimes produced by the consumption of products that contain THC.
With a strong spicy, woody, or peppery aroma, Caryophyllene is the terpene found in black pepper and cinnamon. This terpene is commonly used for anxiety, depression, and inflammation.
The Humulene terpene has a unique effect, the decrease of nausea and appetite, in addition to anti-inflammatory and antibacterial properties. This terpene is also found in hops, cloves, and basil.
The Benefits of Hemp Terpenes
So where do terpenes come in to play in regards to hemp products? In hemp for pets and humans, products containing these two compounds have synergistic effects. That is, the two compounds work better together than they do individually. In regards to Cannabis, this is also known as the ‘entourage effect’. Overall, they work together to increase the effectiveness of the benefits provided by the non-psychoactive compounds found in hemp.
When it comes to Frenchie Fries Co. hemp products for pets, our oils and chews are specifically formulated to help support a better life for your dog or cat. Delicious, tail-wagging, and supportive, your pet will reap all of the benefits of our THC-free, 100% organic, all-natural, whole-plant hemp products. Learn more about the powerful properties of hemp over on our blog & be sure to sign up for our email for future news!