What are Terpenes?

Have you ever brushed against a rosemary plant or sniffed into a freshly bloomed rose? Those powerful therapeutic aromas you smell come from terpenes, the organic compounds that give a plant its distinct aroma, taste, and color. These lovely fragrances plants give off have different qualities, some may induce feelings of relaxation, make you feel focused, energized, or may even give off an unpleasant odor to turn you away. The adaptive purpose of terpenes is to either lure in a pollinator or repel predators. If you enjoy aromatherapy and using essential oils, you are already familiar with how terpenes function and their amazing power to uplift, calm, and delight our spirits. There has been an increase in interest and studies of how terpenes can be used to support various health issues.


Terpenes in Hemp

hemp terpenes There are over 200 terpenes that have been discovered in varieties of cannabis sativa plants, such as hemp. The most commonly talked about active ingredients in hemp are CBD and THC, In addition to these substances, naturally occurring terpenes represent an important part of hemp plants. A gift from mother nature, they are responsible for some of the positive effects you experience from your CBD oil. You can also experience their soothing effects and benefits in a delicious cup of Hemptealicious™. More and more scientific studies are being done on the effects of whole hemp compounds on skin problems, immune system, sleep, mood balance, and various health issues. Terpenes in hemp lend to its scent, flavor, and color. These active compounds are also found in other plants and herbs. Pure Hemp Botanicals CBD oil tinctures are known for their mild, earthy flavor and tranquil effects due to the unique breakdown of active hemp compounds in the formulation.


Top Five Hemp Terpenes

Below we will breakdown the five most common terpenes found in hemp formulations. Here we will highlight the terpenes that are present in high concentrations. These terpenes have been identified and well studied. Research has found consistent and common effects of these terpenes which contributes to the experience an individual may have when utilizing whole hemp formulas for wellness support.


1. D-Limonene

A common terpene denoted for its citrus scent that is commonly found in citrus fruits, rosemary, and peppermint. Research has identified D-Limonene to have antibacterial activity and support cellular health along with having calming benefits to the nervous system. Clinical studies are ongoing, to discover the uses and effects this terpene has on our health.

2. Myrcene

A terpene found in many varieties of cannabis and hemp with a distinct herbal scent and grassy taste. Myrcene is also found in hops, bay leaves, thyme, lemongrass, parsley, and more. Studies have found Mycerene to have calming effects, benefit muscle cramps, and soothe discomfort in the body.

3. Linalool

Linalool is a popular terpene also found in lavender. This terpene is loved for its mood-enhancing and relaxing effects. Research has identified Linalool also helps to soothes discomfort from swelling. CBD oils often highlight this active ingredient for its calming effects that help with worry and stress.

4. Alpha-Pinene

If you enjoy the scent of pine trees, you are a fan of the terpene Pinene. This terpene can be found in almost all varieties of cannabis and is also in basil, dill, rosemary, and many more plants. Whole hemp formulas may contain this terpene, and the effects of it are recorded to be a soothing experience to help ease tension in the body.

5. Nerolidol

Nerolidol shares some of the commonalities among other hemp terpenes in terms of medicinal value. It has a gentle woodsy, fruity scent and is found in Jasmine, ginger, tea tree, and lemongrass. Some studies have identified Nerolidol to have mild sedative effects which are great for sleep support.  It may also support skin health. More research is needed to prove the effectiveness of this terpene as a wellness solution.