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The Entourage Effect of Broad Spectrum Hemp Extract

You might be wondering “What are terpenes and why should I care?”

Most people familiar with cannabis know about CBD and THC. Those are just two of approximately four hundred beneficial compounds naturally found in hemp. The hemp plant is a treasure trove of complimentary phytonutrients that promote health. This is why a high quality broad-spectrum hemp extract is important.

A premium broad-spectrum hemp extract is a rich blend of complimentary cannabinoids, terpenes, flavonoids, and other phytonutrients that support health. Mother Nature put all of these beneficial plant compounds in the hemp plant for a good reason. These botanical compounds are synergistic. That is, they work together for a greater purpose. The whole is greater than the sum of the parts. Their combined effect is greater than the use of singular ingredients. This is known as the” Entourage Effect” and it’s the primary reason that a broad spectrum hemp extract is preferable to a CBD “isolate”. Individuals who wish to avoid the psychoactive effects of THC, or those who may be drug tested, can still find a quality, THC FREE, broad-spectrum hemp extract with complimentary non-psychoactive cannabinoids, terpenes, and other phytonutrients which provide the Entourage Effect.

Exactly What Are Terpenes?

One of the most under appreciated compounds in the hemp plant is terpenes. Terpenes are a diverse class of volatile organic compounds produced by a wide variety of plants. They give some plants their unique scents and serve a variety of important purposes. Terpenes can attract specific pollinators and repel pests. They also regulate plant metabolism. In the human body, they are capable of modulating many natural body functions including cognition, pain perception, inflammation, and stress response.

We are surrounded by terpenes daily. They give plants like lemons, limes, oranges, lavender, rosemary, basil, eucalyptus, peppermint, and pine their characteristic fragrance. They are a major component of essential oils and contribute to the therapeutic properties of aromatherapy. We know that citrus terpenes can be energizing and uplifting while lavender terpenes are relaxing. The scent of rosemary has been shown to have a positive effect on memory and mental focus. Terpenes contribute specific therapeutic properties to your hemp extract as well. They can help us to “target” specific issues to achieve the desired effects.

There are more than one hundred different terpenes in the hemp plant, but the ones listed below are the most prominent. They may or may not impact the scent and flavor of the hemp extract. In some cases, their effects are an undetectable but subtle component of the Entourage Effect. In other cases, we may use a specific terpene for the flavor and aroma it produces.

The Most Common Terpenes in Hemp:

  1. Myrcene is the most prominent terpene in hemp, often making up 60-65% of the total terpene profile. for some hemp strains. It has a scent that is similar to cloves and it is described as being relaxing and calming. Myrcene also has natural anti-inflammatory effects.
  2. Limonene is found in citrus fruits like lemon, lime, orange, grapefruit, and bergamot. It is also an important component of rosemary, juniper, pine, and peppermint. It is generally the second or third most prominent terpene in hemp. Lemonene has been shown, in clinical studies, to increase attention, mental focus, and naturally improve energy levels and the feeling of general well-being. The natural antibacterial and anti-fungal properties of limonene make it a great choice for home cleaning products or as a natural preservative in organic, chemical-free cosmetic products.
  3. Caryophyllene is the terpene most commonly associated with black pepper, Thai basil, cinnamon and clove. This warm, woody, peppery, spicy aroma has been described as uplifting the mood “like a warm hug”. Several studies have suggested that caryophyllene may reduce the craving for alcohol.
  4. Pinene is naturally found in the pine tree and other conifers. A secondary form of pinene is also present in rosemary, dill & parsley. Both forms may be present in the hemp plant. Pinene can support a healthy respiratory system as well as improving energy and concentration.
  5. Humulene was first identified in the hops plant, a member of the hemp family that gives beer its somewhat bitter “hoppy” flavor. The characteristic aroma is earthy and woody, with spicy, herbal notes. You’ll also find humulene in coriander, basil, clove, black pepper, and sage, as well as in the balsam fir tree. Humulene is best known for its anti-inflammatory effects and its tendency to decrease appetite.
  6. Linalool is the primary terpene found in lavender. If you have ever used lavender for its relaxing effect, you have benefitted from linalool. It is also found in mint, laurel, rosewood, birch, and cinnamon, as well as the hemp plant. When dealing with stress, linalool is a great tool to have in your toolbox.
  7. Eucalyptol (also known as cineole), is the primary terpene in the eucalyptus plant. It is also found in sweet basil, sage, bay leaves, rosemary, and cardamom. The scent is minty and spicy at the same time. Eucalyptol is used in wellness products to support healthy breathing, as well as to enhance mental focus and concentration. It is being extensively studied for its anti-inflammatory effect.
  8. Carene has a sweet and pungent smell that resembles lemon, musk, and pine. It is found in basil, pepper, cedar, pine, and rosemary. it’s a component of many essential oils used in aromatherapy. Among its potential benefits are its anti-inflammatory effects. Carene is also being studied for its potential to stimulate memory and recall.
  9. Nerolidol is a hemp terpene also found in neroli, ginger, tea tree (melaleuca), lavender, orange blossom, and jasmine. It has a very unique woody yet floral aroma. This terpene has antioxidant, anti-inflammaotry, and relaxing qualities. Its antibacterial and antifungal properties make it a good natural cleaning additive as well as preservative in natural cosmetic formulations.

REAL Results From a Brand You Can TRUST

It is evident that the therapeutic benefits of hemp go FAR beyond just CBD and THC. A high quality broad-spectrum hemp extract is a superior choice. Careful sourcing of premium quality hemp, responsible & efficient extraction to preserve the integrity of essential compounds, and science driven formulation of products are essential to get the results you deserve. Rigorous and comprehensive scientific testing by an independent certified lab is the gold standard.

Transparency assures your ability to verify levels of cannabinoids and terpenes in every batch of every product, as reported by the independent certified testing laboratory on an official Certificate of Analysis (COA). In addition, the COA should prove that the product has been adequately tested for pesticides, heavy metals, chemical solvents, bacteria, mold, and foreign matter contamination. Hemp helps the planet by pulling toxins from the soil, so you need to know that your product is free from toxic contamination. Companies who go the extra mile to guarantee purity, potency, and integrity are eager to share their stellar results. Do your homework to get real results you can feel, from a brand you can TRUST!

Resources

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    doi: 10.1016/j.plantsci.2019.03.022. Epub 2019 Apr 4.
  3. Molecules. 2020 Dec 8;25(24):5792.
    doi: 10.3390/molecules25245792.
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