"It smells amazing in here!"
Those tiny little crystals pictured in the photo above are the primary reason many people make that comment when they enter the doors of Broad River Hemp Company. Those crystals are known as terpenes.
Terpenes are found in just about any plant. With the every growing popularity of essential oils, do you really know what is responsible for giving off the aromas? The scents that your massage therapist mixes to help you relax during your massage is simply terpenes that have been extracted and bottled to be used to trigger a specific response when added to a carrier oil or that little diffuser in the corner.
Cannabis sativa plants are also loaded with these aromatic little gems. They work not only to give flower its ever familiar scent but also aid in giving different strains a different feel. Whether it be indica, sativa, or somewhere on the hybrid spectrum, each strain has its own unique blend of terpenes working alongside cannabinoids to achieve whats known as the entourage effect. In this post we will break down some of the more popular terpenes found in hemp.
Myrcene is a herbal terpene commonly found in hops. This terpene is believed to be excellent in reducing inflammation and insomnia. Also very popular for its calming properties.
Pinene is commonly found in rosemary and basil. This terpene is known for its piney aroma. It is attributed to increased alertness and memory retention. Pinene is believed to also counteract effects of THC.
Limonene is a citrusy terpene found in peppermint known to elevate mood, aide in stress relief, and reduce anxiety and depression.
Caryophyllene is found in cloves and cinnamon. This peppery terpene is believed to reduce pain, anxiety and depression as well.
Humulene is also found in hops but its earthy aroma is also found in wood. This is another terpene that has excellent anti-inflammatory properties.
Terpinolene is commonly found in tea tree, cumin, and lilacs. This fruity terpene boasts antioxidant, anti-fungal, as well as antibacterial properties, making strains with high levels of this terpene excellent for topicals.
Of course, these are only six of the many, many terpenes found in this powerful plant. These along with the many others found in hemp combine with cannabinoids, that we discussed in an earlier blog, to achieve a "greater good" also known as an entourage effect.