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What Are Terpenes? Explaining the Secret Ingredients of Cannabis.

When it comes to hemp and cannabis in particular, most people are familiar with cannabidiol (CBD) and tetrahydrocannabinol (THC). 

Broadly speaking, CBD is responsible for mild health and wellness benefits while THC, one variety of which is Delta 9, is known for the psychoactive effects akin to a pleasant euphoria. 

CBD and THC are cannabinoids, which bind with the endocannabinoid system, which includes receptors such as CB1 (receptors in the brain and central nervous system) and CB2 (receptors found in the immune system and peripheral organs.) 

When you drink our Delta 9 drinks, for example, the cannabinoids CBD and THC bind to your cannabinoid system to create the psychoactive and wellness effects you are looking for. 

Terpenes Are Essential to Cannabis

While cannabinoids are found exclusively in cannabis plants, there are smaller molecules called terpenes that are found in the vast majority of plants, including, yes, cannabis. 

More specifically, they occur naturally in the essential oils of plants. Terpenes are made up of the simplest organic compounds, hydrocarbons.

In the cannabis plant, terpenes are found in trichomes, the visible crystal resin on cannabis that helps protect the plant from predators and the elements.

As far as surface effects go, terpenes lend cannabis plants their smell and flavor, but this is only the beginning of what terpenes offer. 

Like cannabinoids, terpenes bind to the endocannabinoid system, resulting in a wide variety of effects. There are more than 200 known terpenes, many of which differ by the effects they have on a consumer. 

Below, we will go into some of the most common terpenes found in cannabis, and what they do for a user.

Humulene

Shown to alleviate asthmatic and allergic reactions, and may play a role in preventing the spread of cancer

Limonene

This terpene is responsible for certain aromatic properties of cannabis, but also binds with receptors in the immune system, creating anti-inflammatory effects. 

Myrcene 

Another aromatic and anti-inflammatory, this terpene can slow the process of osteoarthritis

Caryophyllene 

A terpene unique in cannabis plants because it binds with CB2 receptors (most bind with the CB1.) This causes direct wellness effects, as CB2 receptors are found throughout the immune system. 

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Terpenes are essential for making our hemp-derived products effective. If you are interested in learning more about the many products available in the world of cannabis, do not hesitate to reach out to us today, and we can help you find the cannabis product that is right for you!

If you are looking to find out more about cannabis, then be sure to check out our blog, which updates you on everything in the world of cannabis! 

From THC+CBD Bourbon Balls to Delta 9 gummies, we sell a wide variety of high-quality wellness and recreation products on hectares.com and in-store at Bourbon Country Cannabis’ Nulu Location (819 E Market St Suite 101, Louisville, KY 40206). 

Stop by our store or check us out online, and you’ll be sure to find what you are looking for!

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