Terpenes are remarkable compounds that plants use to attract pollinators, repel pests, repair cell damage, and manage other crucial functions. They are powerful plant healers. In addition to performing specific actions, each terpene has a distinct aroma and taste.
Like cannabinoids, terpenes activate receptors in the human endocannabinoid system (ECS), a network of neurotransmitters that stretches from head to toe. The ECS system is important because it balances the immune system, regulates brain signaling, maintains body temperature, heart rate, and breathing rate, and plays a role in digestion, mood, and memory.
These impressive molecules, called terpenes, are already used in medication, perfumes, cosmetics, beauty products, food flavorings, and cleaning solutions. They are particularly abundant in cannabis and hemp plants, and research into many terpenes is just beginning.
Here are the terpenes we use in our Jampha CBD collections. We’ve gathered some of the research on each one. There are additional benefits and plant sources for each terpene since the body of research is continually growing. Terpenes are found in many plants, with as many as 300 terpenes found in hemp.
Sources: Hemp, Chamomile
Used in skin care for its antioxidant, anti-aging, and wound healing properties
Pungent camphor is also found in herbs like rosemary, basil, and mint but is most abundant in laurel trees.
Ancient Japanese and Chinese medical practitioners have long used camphor to treat pain, swelling, and inflammation. Today, camphor is combined with menthol for topical pain relief. You’ll also find camphor in lotions and creams to reduce inflammation, and it is easily absorbed through the skin.
Camphor is included in the following Jampha CBD products:
It’s also an antioxidant, which supports heart health and helps the body fight the biochemical changes resulting from stress. Nerolidol’s robust anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties reduced the inflammation in rats’ brains and protected them from oxidative stress.
Essential oils contain terpenes mixed with other compounds. If you diffuse a rose or lavender essential oil, terpene molecules in the air create a floral aroma. Essential oils have a mix of terpenes with other concentrated plant compounds.
As is the case with powerful medicine, the correct dose is beneficial, but an overdose can be harmful. This general rule is particularly true with essential oils. People tend to think, “it’s just plants,” without realizing the remarkable impact of plant molecules on the body.
While terpenes are safe to eat, and some are FDA-approved as food additives, a few can be toxic in high quantities. CBD is carefully crafted with a healthy level of targeted terpenes.
Next time you catch the scent of fresh orange, pine, or garden flowers, take a deep breath. Those are terpenes, and they are good for you.
Cannabis and the industrial hemp plant have a remarkably high concentration and variety of terpenes. Full-spectrum CBD harnesses the power of these plant molecules, individually and together, in an entourage.