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How Natural Terpenes Help Increase Hemp CBD’s Effectiveness

Update Date: May 05, 2019 10:41 PM EDT
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Terpenes are naturally in many things you eat on a regular basis. Just about every plant has terpenes, spices and herbs also have terpenes. In cannabis, terpenes play a role in the flavor and aroma of strains. Hemp still has terpenes, but not as many, so to help hemp CBD products be more effective, adding natural terpenes that are help specific conditions or symptoms helps that formula be more effective.

Below we'll go through a couple of hemp CBD formulas and their common terpene inclusions to help you understand the reasoning behind the formula used.

Anxiety Formulas

There are several terpenes commonly used in hemp CBD anxiety product formulas. Each of these terpenes occurs naturally and brings a different flavor or aroma profile to the formula. Terpenes are also found in cannabis. In CBD products, cannabis terpenes are often avoided to allow more access to hemp CBD products when the product includes plant-derived terpenes.

Linalool is found naturally in:

  • Cinnamon
  • Mint
  • Birch
  • Lavender
  • Citrus

Linalool has anti-psychosis properties to help reduce anxiety and stress. It is not only used in hemp CBD products, but is also used in perfumes. It has a floral smell to it. Linalool may also help reduce seizures.

Beta-Caryophyllene is found naturally in black pepper and cloves. Cloves are often used in pure oil form to reduce topical pain. When used in hemp CBD products, it can help regulate depression. Depression can stem from debilitating anxiety conditions, mental health disorders and even increased stress. Maintaining good mental health helps regulate anxiety a little better.

Limolene is known as the second most common terpene in cannabis plants. It is also found in citrus plants. Limolene helps reduce anxiety and depression. The flavor of limolene is described as lemony.

Mycrene is the most common terpene in cannabis plants.

Mycrene is naturally found in:

  • Mangoes
  • Bay leaves
  • Lemongrass
  • Thyme
  • Hops
  • Eucalyptus

Mycrene is a relaxant terpene, which is ideal for anxiety because your body is overly excited and needs help slowing down in order to calm down.

Hemp CBD formulas often contain more than one terpene. Combining terpenes is not dangerous as all are included to help combat the symptoms of a main health condition but also help calm the varying symptoms that accompany the condition.

Inflammation Formulas

Hemp CBD inflammation formulas contain multiple natural terpenes to help reduce multiple symptoms in the body. Since there are dozens of reasons for inflammation and it can occur in almost every part of the body, adding additional terpenes helps tackle underlying symptoms of a main condition.

For example, increased inflammation leads to increased pain. Increased pain can cause depression and/or anxiety. So, you want your hemp CBD inflammation formula to reduce all of those symptoms.

A common terpene in inflammation formulas is alpha-pinene. It comes from conifer plants and pine trees. It has a piney aroma and flavor to it. It helps reduce inflammation and can help reduce the psychoactive effects of THC. One condition that is often not associated with inflammation is asthma. Asthma flares up when the bronchial tubes become inflamed.

Mycrene, as mentioned for anxiety formulas, is also commonly found in inflammation formulas. It helps reduce inflammation and pain. When inflammation gets in the way of sleep, mycrene is there to help with that too.

Beta-caryophyllene helps inflammation from arthritis and gastrointestinal disorders. Inflammation can make ulcers more painful. Autoimmune disorders may also promote inflammation, in which beta-caryophyllene can aid in reducing.

Humulene is a terpene that is commonly found in hops, and helps give beer that hoppy flavor. It's also found in coriander. It is known for its anti-inflammatory and anti-bacterial properties. Humulene is not as common as other terpenes in hemp CBD inflammation formulas.

How the Terpenes Increase Effectiveness

Hemp CBD alone can be effective, but adding terpenes to hemp CBD not only increases their effectiveness but makes the liquid forms of hemp CBD taste and smell better. Multiple terpenes are used in manufacturers' formulas to tackle multiple symptoms that are often residual symptoms of a health condition.

Another reason that multiple terpenes are used is to ensure that you obtain ample relief from all-natural remedies. One terpene in combination with hemp CBD may still be effective, but may not provide the amount of relief that you require.

Your Body's Response to Terpenes and Cannabinoids

Your body has an endocannabinoid system that aids in controlling your central nervous system. Your body produces natural cannabinoids, but imbalances or deficiencies in those cannabinoids means that you need to obtain them from outside sources, like hemp CBD. When you first start using hemp CBD products, you may not notice an immediate change in your symptoms.

It can take your body up to two weeks to adjust to the external, natural cannabinoids. You may notice an improvement in your mood, focus or sleep better almost immediately, but noticing overall relief may take a little longer.

Introducing natural terpenes, in concentrated forms, along with cannabidiol is similar to starting a new medication. It takes time to start working. While you may notice relief on the first day, your body is still getting used to the new medication.

Adding natural plant-based terpenes to full spectrum hemp CBD products is the only way to achieve the entourage effect via hemp.

Increased Effectiveness of Hemp CBD Products

To increase the overall effectiveness of hemp CBD products, consider microdosing. Taking one large dose once or twice a day may not provide enough relief between doses. Microdosing also helps ease your body into the new, but natural, terpenes and the hemp cannabidiol.

A single dose, averaging from 10mg to 25mg, often only provides relief for a couple of hours. Taking three to four, or more, smaller doses of hemp CBD products throughout the day helps you better maintain an even balance. You're also less likely to experience a sudden anxiety attack, sudden pain or insomnia.

Closing Thoughts

As you can see, there is more than just one component to most hemp CBD products. Always read the ingredients, because those with food allergies may be allergic to a terpene in the formula. For instance, if you are allergic to black pepper, beta-caryophyllene will be a terpene you want to avoid. While it isn't likely that the small amount of a terpene in a formula will cause an allergic reaction, those with severe allergies are more sensitive and may experience a negative reaction.

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