You've heard of CBD extraction - but do you know why it's important to extract terpenes in the process? Cannabinoids aren't the only beneficial part of the cannabis plant. When CBD extraction neglects terpenes, patients miss out on many important benefits. Fortunately, new CBD extraction technology has made terpene extraction easier than ever. Wondering why terpenes matter, and how CBD can be extracted with terpenes?

In this guide, we'll go over everything you need to know. Read on to learn what extracted terpenes can do for you!

What Are Terpenes?

You might be a CBD or cannabis enthusiast and never have heard of terpenes. However, we can guarantee that you've experienced them. Terpenes, in short, are responsible for the unique smells and tastes associated with the marijuana plant. These are the reason why different strains taste and smell different. Some strains are even named after the effects of their terpenes - it's not hard to guess what blueberry kush tastes like. Terpenes are oils or waxes that naturally occur in the plant. The glands that produce terpenes also produce familiar cannabinoids like THC and CBD. Are terpenes only found in cannabis? Not at all - many other plants contain terpenes. For example, mangoes have a terpene called myrcene, which has led some experts to suggest eating mangoes for a stronger high. Cannabinoids interact with the body's natural endocannabinoid system, and so do terpenes. This leads to many health benefits associated with ingesting terpenes, which is why it's so important for CBD extraction to preserve the terpenes.

Now, let's take a look at some of the best-known terpenes and their benefits.

Health Benefits of Terpenes

Terpenes aren't psychoactive, but much like CBD, they don't need to get you high to offer benefits. Of course, they can also make the consumption experience more pleasant, by giving those appealing smells and tastes.

Here are some of the best-known terpenes and what they can do for you.

MYRCENE

As mentioned above, this one is also found in mangoes, making for a great weed-and-fruit pairing. Myrcene naturally tastes a bit musky, earthy, or even clove-like, with a bit of fruitiness. It's a sedative and anti-inflammatory that can help relax tense muscles. If you've ever experienced the "couch-lock" sensation after smoking Indica strains, this terpene may be to blame.

LIMONENE

As you might expect, this terpene has a citrusy smell and flavour. Your beloved Lemon Haze contains limonene that gives it that distinctive quality. However, this terpene is also associated with plenty of medical benefits. It can promote weight loss, treat bronchial issues, and even help combat cancer.

ALPHA BISABOLOL

This terpene has a floral quality, so you won't be surprised that it also appears in the chamomile plant. This is another anti-inflammatory terpene, and it also has anti-bacterial properties that make it ideal for healing wounded areas. The Oracle strain contains a lot of this terpene.

BORNEOL

You'll recognize this terpene by its camphor-like, earthy scent. It's an analgesic and antiseptic and helps dilate the respiratory tracts, promoting easy breathing. Many insomniacs find that this strain helps them sleep better at night, too. Many haze strains, such as K13, have a lot of this helpful terpene.

DELTA 3 CARENE

If you love a strain with a piney, earthy taste, you probably love Delta 3 Carene. This tasty terpene is another anti-inflammatory and can even help dry up a runny nose. Delta 4 Carene is found in many strains, as you can probably guess by its distinctive taste.

LINALOOL

This spicy-floral terpene appears in a number of herbs and spices, including cinnamon, mint, some flowers, and even certain fungi. Linalool is beneficial to the nervous system, aiding in skills, and it's an anti-inflammatory too.

EUCALYPTOL

This is a spicy, pleasant terpene that's used in many health products, but is only found in a few cannabis strains so far.

ALPHA-PINENE AND BETA-PINENE

The pinene terpenes are naturally found in pine trees and offer a notable pine smell and taste to cannabis strains. Most strains have at least some of these delicious, anti-inflammatory terpenes.

CAMPHENE

Camphene has an herbal smell and taste, and it's an antibiotic and an anti-inflammatory. (If you haven't guessed by now, cannabis and CBD are great anti-inflammatories across the board.) Camphene can help with bacterial infections, and it's often found in the Indica strains.

CARYOPHYLLENE

Did you know the hops in your favourite beer are related to the marijuana plant? This terpene gives a hops-like taste to certain strains of cannabis. Many people with anxiety, depression, or stress-related issues benefit from caryophyllene. A well-known strain that contains this terpene is Train Wreck.

TERPINEOL

This terpene has a lovely taste that blends pine and cloves. It's only found in a few strains, though. Terpineol is a natural antioxidant that promotes good health.

Terpene-Friendly CBD Extraction

As you can see, terpenes are an important component of the cannabis plant. Of course, those who don't enjoy the cannabis-related high have turned to CBD to gain the benefits. In the past, CBD extraction methods didn't effectively preserve terpenes, though, and users missed out on both the great taste and medical benefits they offer. The best extraction method for preserving terpenes is CO2 extraction. This method has become popular for a number of reasons. It's non-toxic, sustainable, and best of all, it allows all the best properties of the cannabis plant to get preserved in the extract. In fact, CO2 extraction systems allow for certain aspects of the plant to be isolated, allowing further research on the benefits of terpenes. The more researchers find out about this aspect of the cannabis plant, the more benefits are discovered. Terpenes make for better tasting and smelling extracts, but they also provide more potent medical benefits.

Whether or not you want your extracts to get you high, you'll want the terpenes to be there. That's why we suggest looking for extracts that use modern CO2 extraction techniques to preserve the terpenes as much as possible.