Cannabinoids Terpenes: The Latest Craze in Flavors and Scents
There’s something about the complex flavor in a bud of Cannabinoids that seems to soothe the mind. The sweet fruity taste that most consumers identify with is from CBD terpenes, a compound in the Cannabinoids plant. In some states in the US where recreational Cannabinoids is legal, companies are blending beverages, foods, vaping oils, lotions, and tinctures with Cannabinoids terpenes along with CBD and THC.
But what are Cannabinoids terpenes, and what role does it play in recreational and medical consumption?
CBD terpenes: what are they?
Cannabinoids terpenes come from the same glands that produce THC and cannabinoids. The aromatic oils are distinct in flavors such as pine, mint, berry, and citrus.
The development of the distinct aromatic oils from Cannabinoids did not start like any other potent smelling herbs, but for adaptive purposes to attract pollinators and repel predators. A Cannabinoids plant has over 100 terpenes, distinct based on composition and type of the strain. For example, a strain with a blueberry flavor will have descendants with the same blueberry aroma.
Apart from the exciting, diverse flavors, the compound has this fascinating ability to interact with cannabinoids and other compounds in Cannabinoids. There is a growing notion in some circles that Cannabinoids terpenes play a central role in differentiating the various strains.
The difference between Cannabinoids types
Every terpene in the Cannabinoids plant is unique in its effects. Some will promote relaxation, while others are perfect for enhancing focus. For example, α-Pinene, mostly found in rosemary, is associated with mental alertness and linalool has anti-anxiety properties.
The effect of each Cannabinoids terpene varies based on other cannabinoids. More research is required to understand this entourage effect. The differences are, no doubt subtle. However, terpenes possibly add some medicinal value by bridging the interaction of the therapeutic cannabinoids with our body.
The minimal understanding of the interaction of terpenes is not stopping various companies from using them in their products. The manufacturers are getting creative in adding different flavors to increase their customer base, and it is working.