Believe it or not, there’s more than just THC and CBD involved in the therapeutic value of cannabis. Terpenes are a major compound in cannabis and other plants known for its beneficial uses to the body as well as how it influences other cannabinoids when consumed.
Think of it this way – if cannabinoids are the gas in the tank, terpenes are the driver of the car. Terpenes influence the high and specific effects we feel from consuming cannabis, in conjunction with an abundance of other cannabinoids and compounds.
In our previous blog, we broke down two major terpenes – myrcene and limonene. In this blog, we’re defining another two of the major terpenes found in cannabis: beta-caryophyllene and terpinolene.
Beta-caryophyllene, or caryophyllene for short, is a terpene commonly known for its peppery, spicy notes. This terpene is found specifically in black pepper, cinnamon, cloves, basil, rosemary, and oregano.
Fun fact about caryophyllene: it’s the only terpene in cannabis known to act as a cannabinoid. This terpene binds to CB2 receptors, activating the endocannabinoid system and making it a wildly used compound for its therapeutic benefits and impact.
Some of these therapeutic benefits include antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties, as well as potentially helping with anxiety and depression, and even chronic or nerve pain.
More recently, studies have found this terpene to help target and ease neurodegenerative disorders such as Parkinson’s disease and Alzheimer’s disease. Caryophyllene works with CB2 receptors to soothe inflammation in the brain.
Within our LRP cultivars, you’ll find this terpene dominant in the following:
With a similar piney and woodsy aroma, terpinolene is another commonly known terpene found in cannabis and specific cultivars. You’ll also find this terpene in plants like conifer trees, lilac, sage, nutmeg, and even apples.
When imagining the aromatic profile of terpinolene – think of the woodsy fresh scent of pinene combined with the citrusy zest of limonene. As a result, this terpene produces a citrusy, spicy pine scent that makes it as complex as it is enticing.
Although typically present in small amounts, this terpene is usually a part of a cultivar’s terpene profile, just not a leading role. As an essential oil, terpinolene holds many antibacterial and antifungal properties, making it a common ingredient in soaps and cleaning products. Other therapeutic benefits of this terpene include uplifting, buzzy effects in large quantities.
Of the different types of cultivars Lazy River features, Alderpoint Sour is especially known to have a dominant percentage of terpinolene.
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Terpenes are a major component to the overall feelings and effects of cannabis. The essence these compounds bring to the plant is what defines each cultivar and makes the plant entirely unique. At Lazy River Products, we take pride in cultivating our own top-quality, indoor grown cannabis. We believe in the best cultivation practices and methods in order to produce cannabinoid and terpene-rich cultivars and flavors.
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