What Are Terpenes, and How Do We Use Them?
If you’ve been researching CBD or using hemp-based products, you’ve probably heard of terpenes. But you might not know the fantastic benefits these aromatic compounds deliver to the human body. You might be surprised to find your favorite health and beauty products are already packed with these good-smelling ingredients.
Imagine the scents of fresh pine, lavender, or your favorite flower. That scent is the magic of terpenes. Terpenes are naturally occurring organic compounds that influence how plants smell. They are little powerhouses, too! In some plants, terpenes are protective and act a repellant to predators. They are also the all-natural ingredient providing good smells and flavors to your favorite health and beauty products. You’ll find terpenes in Relive Everyday’s new dreamy smelling REM sleep series, and it’s RE-ASCEND capsules for bone and joint support.
To understand how terpenes work in CBD, you need to know a couple key terms.
The first term is cannabinoid. Cannabinoids are chemical compounds found in the cannabis plant which interact with the cannabinoid receptors found throughout the body and brain in a system called the endocannabinoid system. The second term is the entourage effect. This effect refers to the synergy created when terpenes and cannabinoids work together to make cannabinoids more intense. Too sciencey? Know that terpenes and cannabinoids work together to bring the body into homeostasis and balance.
Benefits of Terpenes
With the popularity of herbal teas, aromatherapy, and essential oils, you probably already know about the benefits of popular terpenes—you just didn’t realize terpenes were the compound behind what makes these plant-based products so powerful.
Here are a few examples of potent terpenes. Look for citrus, pine, and lavender terpenes in Relive Everyday’s REM Sleep Tincture Series.
Limonene is the terpene that gives lemons, orange, and citrus their distinctive smells. Studies show limonene appears to be anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, antiviral, antidiabetic, and anticancer.
Linalool is a terpene found abundantly in lavender plants and is responsible for its rich scent and calming effect. Linalool may affect the body in a variety of ways. It’s considered anti-inflammatory, antimicrobial, neuroprotective, antidepressant, anticancer, and anti-anxiety.
Pinene is the terpene which gives pine, rosemary, and basil their distinctive smells. Studies show pinene can be therapeutic for bronchial issues by opening up the lungs. It’s also anti-inflammatory.
Beta-caryophyllene is the terpene in black pepper. It may be anti-inflammatory and an analgesic, meaning it helps reduce nerve pain and chronic pain. This could be a helpful alternative to addictive pain medications. Black pepper is a critical ingredient in Relive Everyday’s RE-ASCEND capsules that contain ingredients clinically proven to alleviate join discomfort, reduce stiffness, and improve mobility.
Researchers continue to study the medicinal benefits of terpenes. They could make their way into more alternative therapies and products. In the meantime, the next time you stop to smell herbs, flowers, and plants, know just how good the terpenes are for your body and soul.