Terpenes And How They Benefit You

What Are Terpenes

        Cannabis has many different chemical compounds that help create the well rounded high you feel when you ingest it. Among the more important compounds are Terpenes. Terpenes are scented molecules that are found not only in weed but many other plants and fruits. Just doing a basic check around your kitchen, items like citrus fruits, apples, and even beer,  will show you how common these molecules are in your daily life.

 

Effects Of Terpenes On Your Mind And Body

        The question then arises, “What kind of effects do terpenes have on my mind and body?” This may seem like an easy question to answer but in reality, the answer changes based on the combination of terpenes you’ve ingested. Different combinations can make you feel tired or energetic, and can even help with pain relief. Here at Cool Grinder, we will explore how they help provide and amplify the basic medicinal benefits of marijuana. Some of the most well-known terpenes found in cannabis are linalool, limonene, pinene, myrcene, and caryophyllene. Linalool is known for its sedative, analgesic, and anti-inflammatory effects.

 

Linalool To Smooth The Mood And Limonene To Boost It

        Researchers believe linalool creates a sedative effect by decreasing sympathetic nerve activity and increasing parasympathetic nerve activity. This means weed that has high amounts of linalool in it would be great for those suffering from anxiety and panic disorders. On the other hand, something like limonene is known to boost mood, relieve stress, and improve the absorption of other terpenes. Each terpene interacts and affects the body in different ways. Knowing how terpenes work and their overall effects can help you customize your weed usage to get the best end result for any pain or mental distress that you are trying to address.

 

Which Terpenes Is Best For You, Follow Your Nose

        The best part about terpenes is even if you know nothing about them, your brain has been making choices for you based on the terpenes that would suit you best without even knowing it. When weed smells bad to you that’s your brain subtly telling you that those terpenes within the strain you’re smelling are not good for what you require. So when it comes to finding the best strains for what you need, follow your nose! Also, when applicable, check testing labels for terpene combinations so you can decide which are best suited for your needs.

 

Conclusion

          We don’t really know the full effect terpenes have on the brain and the body yet. With marijuana still being a schedule 1 drug. The research needed to fully flesh out the effects of these scented molecules is not able to be performed. (See our article about Decriminalization vs Legalization of weed HERE). At the moment we have a terpene wheel provided by Leafly to go over what we do know about terpenes, their smells, and the major medical effects that they can provide. On top of having all of this amazing medical information, the terpene chart also provides the boiling point for each terpene, so when you have the option, you can ensure you get to the proper temperature to enjoy all the amazing effects each terpene can provide you.

 

          Have you found Terpenes help you in any way? Physical, mental, whatever, let us know in the comment section below! Also, if you have any questions please comment below and we will get back to you as quick as we can.

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