You may already know that CO2 extractors are a great way to get terpenes out of plants. But you probably don't know these 9 intriguing facts about terpene extracts.
Put simply, terpenes are essential oils that work to enhance your "high." They also hold several medical benefits. The more in-depth definition of terpenes is they are aromatic organic compounds found in plants and some insects. Cannabis has naturally high levels of terpenes.
If you are like many people, though, you may wonder why terpene extracts matter. That's a good question. There are three things that make terpenes so appealing:
They directly affect the high you achieve and contribute to The Entourage Effect from cannabis
They have a number of proven medical benefits
They provide vape oil and cannabis with the natural flavor
As you can see, terpenes offer several benefits. In addition to all the benefits listed here, there is some other information about terpenes you may find interesting. If you are ready to learn more, keep reading.
1. Proper Storage of Terpenes Helps Maintain the Flavor and Aroma
If you want to maintain the flavor profile and aroma of terpene isolate or strains, they have to stored properly. If proper storage isn't provided, then the terpenes gradually lose the potent flavoring and attractive aroma.
In most cases, the terpenes you purchase provide storage instructions. It's best to follow these to avoid issues.
2. Terpenes Provide Therapeutic Effects
While aromatherapists have stated for years that essential oils offer healing benefits, many want to know if they cause any, actual physiological changes in your body. Studies have shown they do.
Any terpene that has a concentration of more than 0.5 percent is considered pharmacological interest. This means it can effectively alter behavior and bring about various physiological changes.
In fact, in one study, depressed patients were exposed to citrus essential oils. Not only did cases of depression fall, but nine out of the 12 patients stopped taking their antidepressants altogether.
3. Terpene Quality is Impacted by How the Plant is Fed
Regardless of if it is cannabis or another type of plant, the quality of the terpene extracted is impacted by what the plant is fed. If you want to consume cannabis-based terpenes, it's a good idea to find out how the plant was maintained, fed and grown.
When consuming terpenes from other sources, such as fruits, trees, and plants, make sure to find out about the sourcing process. This includes the source choice, storage methods, and extraction.
4. Terpenes Purpose isn't to Make Humans Happy or Feel Better
Humans have a bad habit of thinking that evolution has their species at the center. However, when it comes to terpenes, this isn't the case.
Terpenes aren't on earth with the sole purpose of benefiting humans. In fact, they are actually part of a plants defense system. Terpenes work to protect against high temperatures and pest invasions.
They are just one of those natural mysteries that also happen to make humans feel great.
5. There are Over 200 Terpenes in the Cannabis Plant
According to research, the cannabis plant is made up of a wide array of terpenes that determine each of the strains unique flavor and aroma. Many even claim this is what impacts the cannabis strain's effect.
Many of the terpenes found in cannabis are also found in more common plants, such as Myrcene, which is found in hops, lemongrass and wild thyme and Limonene, which is found in citrus fruits.
6. Cancer Cell Death is Caused by Some Terpenes
Even though the majority of research regarding the effect terpenes have on cancer cells has been done during preclinical studies, this fact doesn't minimize how promising the results have been.
For example, Limonene has shown to have chemopreventive, apoptosis-including, and antiproliferative effects. This means it helps to keep cancer cells from spreading and may cause them to "commit suicide."
7. The Terpene Linalool Can Help Prevent Seizures
Have you ever taking a quick whiff of lavender oil? If so, you know how relaxing it can be. What you may not realize is that Linalool, which is the dominant terpene found in lavender, is known for its anticonvulsant properties.
Scientists have discovered that glutamate, which is the primary excitatory neurotransmitter found in the brain that causes seizure activity, is modulated by the application.
Unfortunately, there has been no research carried out on humans to date.
8. There's a Real Terpene Wheel
Have you ever taken an art class and used a color wheel? This shows you the different colors. Believe it or not, terpenes have a similar wheel.
The terpene wheel displays the type of terpene, where it is found, its aroma and its flavor profile. While it may sound weird or even silly to have a terpene wheel, it is important to realize there are more than 30,000 known terpenes. The wheel can prove to be extremely useful.
9. The Health Benefits of Terpenes are Becoming More Mainstream
For more than 20 years, terpenes were "hidden" and kept off the radar as a viable alternative to traditional pharmaceutical medicines.
However, as more studies have been done, terpenes are gaining more viability and traction toward treating things such as cancer cell growth, sleep deprivation, pain, inflammation and more.
Terpene Extracts: Now You Know
When it comes to terpene extracts, there's still a lot that scientists don't know. The research into these substances is ongoing to discover more about what they are capable of.
If you are interested in learning more about terpenes, the extraction process or other information about cannabis, be sure to visit our site. We provide updated, accurate information for those interested in the cannabis industry.