When we think about what’s inside of a luscious green cannabis plant, it’s safe to say that most people immediately jump to thinking about either THC or CBD. While these two dominant cannabinoids get much of the attention and recognition, there’s one lesser-known compound that is just as valuable… Terpenes!!
Having impressive therapeutic abilities, both working alone and synergistically with other cannabinoids, terpenes are a unique and impressive compound deserving of the spotlight. Throughout this article, we will take a closer look at what terpenes are, three of their most prominent benefits and how they shape our overall experience with cannabis.
What Are Terpenes, and What Do They Have to Do with Cannabis?
Terpenes, also known as terpenoids, are an aromatic compound found in a variety of natural plants. The reason that terpenes are more commonly associated with cannabis is based solely on their abundance in these plants. Scientists have discovered over 100 different varieties of terpenes in one single cannabis plant — it’s no wonder why so many of us associate them with weed.
Terpenes are an oily compound that, much like CBD and THC, are secreted from the glands of a cannabis plant. Their fundamental role is to emit a particular scent, depending on the variant of terpene that’s in question. Some of the more commonly known aromas include pine forest, lavender, citrus oranges, rosemary, and fresh mint, only to name a few.
The Importance of the Entourage Effect
Terpenes share a special relationship with the cannabinoids we know and love. Researchers have discovered that the interactions of cannabinoids with terpenes may provide even greater benefits for the user when compared to taking each compound independently. This phenomenon is known as the ‘entourage effect’ and its synergistic qualities have opened the door to even greater interest in terpenes.
The Benefits of Terpenes
For years, researchers have studied the intricacies of cannabis to find out which extracted compounds play a beneficial role in our health and well-being. With this, science has found terpenes to be responsible for countless physiological effects associated with cannabis.
Before diving into the beneficial properties of terpenes, it’s important to note that our health is not just about our physical self. Instead, our health is an integrated system made up of our mind, body, and spirit. For this reason, the essence of a true beneficial compound is one that expresses itself on each individual system.
Let’s take a closer look at the three most distinguished benefits that terpenes provide.
There is more than enough stress and uncertainty in the world around us today. What if we told you it’s possible to take back some control over your mental health and wellbeing by introducing you to the world terpenes. Among the many beneficial roles terpenes play in our health, anxiety relief is one of the more highly-recognized areas.
A 2020 study looking at the role terpenes and cannabinoids play on mood disorders and anxiety found that the entourage effect helped to improve relaxation and minimize symptoms of anxiety.
The most beneficial terpene that helped with this was found to be Myrcene, which is more abundant in Cannabis indica strains.
While low-levels of inflammation can be beneficial to our bodies, longer-lasting inflammatory responses can be incredibly harmful. This type of inflammation can contribute to chronic diseases such as diabetes, obesity, cancer, heart disease and so much more.
Cannabinoids are well-known for their anti-inflammatory qualities. However, it wasn’t until only recently that science has tapped into the anti-inflammatory traits of terpenes. While CBD exerts prolonged inflammatory relief throughout the body, there is some evidence to believe certain terpenes are able to provide a fair amount of acute relief. However, more research needs to be done on the combined influence of CBD with terpenes to make a true claim about the entourage effect.
Memory and Focus
If you feel like your memory and focus is not like it used to be, you’re not alone. While there is a very natural element of some memory loss associated with aging, it’s definitely not something you need to surrender to!
One of the more impressive yet lesser-known qualities of terpenes is its ability to improve your memory and levels of alertness. As many people know, higher levels of THC are presumed to be associated with minor short-term memory loss. However, strains of cannabis that incorporate greater quantities of terpenoids can help to counteract this THC activity. Myrcene, Linalool, Pienene, and Limonene are all terpenes that express these memory and focus enhancing qualities.
Why Choose State B Cannabis Beverages
At State B Elevate, we use our knowledge and expertise to hand-select specific terpenes that will provide the greatest benefits in each of our 3 cannabis beverages. With this, each individual cannabis drink will offer a specific state of consciousness, perfect for any mood you’re in. Feeling mentally clear, calm and stress-free are only a few of the many impressive qualities we are confident we can deliver on with our drinks.
For Resolve, we chose Linalool
Resolve is a blackberry and calamansi flavoured beverage that fuels perseverance, stability, and composure. Research has determined that Linalool is shown to express certain antimicrobial, anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties. Made with 6mg of THC and 4mg of CBD, the addition of Linalool offers a brilliant lavender kick to strengthen Resolve.
For Sparkle, we chose Beta-Caryophyllene
Sparkle is a raspberry and yuzu flavoured shot of passion. Beta-Caryophyllene is used in this beverage to incorporate pain-relieving and antibacterial properties. In addition, this terpene adds a peppery wood fragrance that combines brilliantly with the fruity undertones. Made with 5mg of THC and 5mg of CBD, Sparkle helps to enhance self-awareness and revitalize the nervous system.
For Zing, we chose Myrcene
Zing is a passionfruit and lime flavoured beverage that provides you with an immediate dose of focus. As discussed earlier, Myrcene is a terpene that’s better known for its role in both anxiety-relief and short-term memory enhancement. The earthy aromas of Myrcene combined with peppermint and clematis flower essence help to awaken the senses and keep you focused on the present moment.
Shop State B
Take a look at our line of State B Cannabis Beverages where you’ll find a wide range of options to choose from. Here, you can find out more about the impressive qualities of terpenes, along with the numerous other botanical ingredients used in Resolve, Sparkle, and Zing beverages. Take advantage of the State B experience today and let us know if you recognize the specific aromas and flavours that these magical terpenes have to offer.