Tuesday, March 27, 2018

Terpenes CBD

TERPENES Terpenes are created by plants to produce scents and tastes that attract animals and insects that aid in reproduction and help in the spreading of seeds. They also produce scents and tastes that repel animals and discourage them from eating the plant or its’ fruit. These same terpenes have effects on the human body that healers have known for centuries. Terpenes act on receptors and neurotransmitters in the human body to send messages to the brain that have an effect on the body. Terpenes act as serotonin uptake inhibitors in a way similar to antidepressants like Prozac. They are also able to enhance norepinephrine activity a similar way to tricyclic antidepressants like Elavil. They can also increase dopamine activity and augment GABA which is the “downer” neurotransmitter. This is why we like or dislike certain scents and flavors. Without getting too technical the following is a brief explanation of the most prevalent terpenes in cannabis and their effects on the body.

 Myrcene: Myrcene is the most common terpene in cannabis plants. It is highest in concentration in Indica strains. Myrcene is mostly used as a sedative but is also used as an analgesic, anti-inflammatory, antibiotic, antiseptic, antifungal, antibacterial and antimutagenic. It can also inhibit peptic and gastric ulcers. Myrcene is a good sedative and can relieve pain. Myrcene is also found in musk, cloves, citrus and other herbs.

Limonene: Limonene is a terpene that is formed from another terpene called Pinene. It promotes a general uplift in mood and attitude. Limonene helps with the absorption of other terpenes. It is a powerful antidepressant and anti-anxiety terpene. It can also help with acid reflux and promotes weight loss. Other uses of Limonene areas an antifungal, antibacterial and anticarcinogen. It is currently being used in clinical trials as a treatment for breast cancer. It is found naturally in juniper, peppermint, citrus, lemons and oranges.

Linalool: linalool is most commonly used for nervousness and anxiety. It is also effective as an anti-epileptic, anticonvulsive, sedative, pain relief and anticarcinogen. It is also effective as an anti- insomnia agent and is found naturally in lavender and citrus fruits.

Beta-Caryophyllene: Caryophyllene is most effective in pain relief. It has anti-inflammatory properties and can also act as an antioxidant. It has been found effective as treatment for muscle spasms and insomnia as well. It is also known to be used for glial cancer and leukemia. It naturally occurs in pepper and other spices.

Alpha-Pinene: Pinene is thought of as the “stem” terpene. As with stem cells it reacts with chemicals to form other terpenes. It is an effective antiseptic but is primarily used as an expectorant and bronchodilator. It has anti-inflammatory effects and is known to increase memory and concentration. It is also known to boost energy levels in the body. It naturally occurs in pine needles and other conifers and is used in Chinese medicine as an anticarcinogen.

Humulene: Humulene is a powerful anti-inflammatory. It is used for pain relief and inflammation. It is also believed to have antitumoric qualities and may reduce tumor size. It also has anorectic or appetite suppressive qualities and is used in Chinese medicine for weight loss .It is found naturally in coriander.

 Although the FDA has not evaluated any of this information and terpenes are not meant to necessarily represent a cure for any condition natural healers and animals have known their benefits for centuries. New information from research is leading to a better understanding of their effects on the human body. Please consult your physician before starting any treatment or therapy.

     STRAIN                             PROMINENT TERPENES                                EFFECTS

Blueberry OG                    Myrcene, Humulene and                 Anti- inflammatory, pain, sedative
Indica                                  Beta caryophyllene                anti carcinogen

Pineapple Express            Beta caryophyllene, Myrcene                  Anti-inflammatory, relieves chronic
Sativa                                  Limonene.                      Pain, Noropathy, antidepressant.

Sour Diesel                         Beta caryophyllene, Myrcene           anti-inflammatory, chronic pain,
Sativa Hybrid                      Limonene, Humulene                 calms muscle spasms, antidepressant

Strawberry AK                    Myrcene,Alpha Pinene                   Sedative, anti-inflammatory, sleep aid
Indica                                   Linalool.                          Helps with psychosis and anxiety,
                                                                                                                      Boosts immune system.