This article has been scientifically reviewed for accuracy by our Chief Science Officer, a Terpene researcher, Dr. John Streicher, Ph.D.
How Terpenes Enhance CBD: Our Full-Spectrum CBD+Terpenes Oil
In our previous article, we overviewed the basics of terpenes: what they are, how they enhance CBD, and the unique benefits that they contribute to the effects of our products. Divine Elements takes a research-based approach to formulate our CBD products; our team has a specialized background in the science of terpenes, and we bring that specialized knowledge into the formulation of our products. Our bestselling Full Spectrum CBD Oil + Terpenes, for instance, is abundant in natural terpenes which may enhance the benefits of CBD and broaden its therapeutic scope.
But why are terpenes so important to the benefits of our Full Spectrum products, and why does their presence make such a drastic difference in the number of benefits that our products can provide? In this article, we explore how terpenes enhance the benefits of CBD while adding their own, distinctive therapeutic properties to amplify the healing scope of our products.
More Benefits, Greater Therapeutic Scope
Each terpene is associated with its own myriad of unique therapeutic benefits, and terpenes contribute these benefits to the overall impact of our products. More therapeutic compounds translate to more benefits, giving our products a broader therapeutic scope, and the potential to help more people–no matter what benefit you’re looking for from CBD. Our holistic formula combines CBD, minor cannabinoids, and an abundance of terpenes to target the widest range of concerns–and impart the highest number of therapeutic properties–in order to make the full benefits of the hemp plant realizable for all.
Terpenes & The Endocannabinoid System
Terpenes may enhance CBD–while producing their own, unique benefits–by interacting with the endocannabinoid system (ECS). The endocannabinoid system is a network of receptors and neurotransmitters that spreads throughout the body and brain and influences nearly all aspects of our physical and mental health. These include CB1 and CB2 receptors, which, as we will discuss momentarily, are crucial to the way in which terpenes enhance CBD. The primary function of the endocannabinoid system is to maintain homeostasis, a state of internal equilibrium in which the functions of the body and brain operate harmoniously and in balance.
The endocannabinoid system maintains homeostasis by producing endocannabinoids–naturally occurring cannabinoids produced within the human body–that bind with these receptors, which are found throughout the body and brain, to balance the physiological processes that control our bodily and mental health.
However, due to any number of factors–from stress to sleep, genetics and diet, or the other stressors inherent to everyday life–we often become cannabinoid deficient, and the ECS stops producing enough cannabinoids to bind with cannabinoid receptors and balance our physical and mental processes.
Luckily, this is where CBD comes in–and terpenes, as research suggests. Terpenes and CBD can perform the same function as the endocannabinoids that our body produces on its own like relieving pain and stress, by binding with cannabinoids and other receptors and balancing the bodily functions that they control. This is why CBD has such a wide range of purported benefits, from helping sleep to easing joint stiffness. Like endocannabinoids, CBD enters the system as a chemical messenger, sending signals to the brain when one of our bodily functions has become imbalanced–and binding with the receptors that control that system in order to restore equilibrium. This translates, in many cases, to symptom relief.
- Example: Say, for instance, that you become endocannabinoid deficient, and the physiological system responsible for modulating sleep becomes imbalanced. The ECS cannot produce enough endocannabinoids to target and rebalance the area of the brain responsible for sleep, and sleep homeostasis is disrupted, and you might experience trouble sleeping as a result. With CBD, however, the same individual can rebalance the processes that have become imbalanced naturally by supplementing the ECS with extra cannabinoids–CBD–and allowing it to restore balance to the body and mind, resulting in a common benefit associated with CBD: healthier sleeping patterns.
Isn’t this fascinating info? But why all of this information, and how is this relevant to terpenes? How do terpenes act within the ECS, and how do they impact CBD’s interactions with these crucial targets for a variety of common wellness issues? Read our next article to find out why terpenes may play such a big role in helping to regulate the endocannabinoid system, therefore increasing CBD’s overall effectiveness and ultimately helping you feel better while using CBD.
Isn’t learning about Cannabis and the physiological system in our body that can be modulated by it fun?! Read on!
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