The Science and Benefits of Terpenes - Part 1

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Photo Credit: Leaf Science

In this two part series, we will talk about cannabis terpenes and discuss how they might be a powerful actor to consider in your medical marijuana regimen. Terpenes are generally known for their contribution to the flavor and scent of different plants, including cannabis. In fact, there have been over 200 terpenes identified in cannabis. But while people are generally focused on cannabinoids for therapeutic relief, they often don’t realize that terpenes can be a powerful component for relief as well. Researchers have found terpenes may reduce inflammation, relief pain, and act as a sleep aid.

Terpenes can work alone, while also enhancing the effects of cannabinoids by influencing when and how they activate their receptors. They can also bind with cannabinoid receptors to buffer against some of the more intense effects of cannabinoids, preventing THC from producing anxiety and depression while enhancing its benefits. To enjoy the benefits of terpenes, patients should opt for vaporization or using live resin. This is because of the fact terpenes can become damaged as a result of coming into contact with direct heat through combustion.

Now that we have discussed a brief overview of cannabis terpenes, we will continue our discussion in the following post by examining the major terpenes found in cannabis, and reveal how they may be powerful agents in your therapeutic regimen. This information has been provided by Leaf Science and approved by our Chief Medical Officer.