Terpenes are naturally occurring compounds that you can find in plants that produce CBD and THC when they flower. There are over 100 terpenes and they have different smells and tastes. These terpenes have medical properties and applications as well and you can divide them into two types based on their chemical composition (more on this later).
Most of the terpenes produce berry, pine, citrus, and mint taste/aroma. However, keep in mind that every plant produces terpenes, which gives them unique smells and tastes. In addition to that, terpenes also have several health benefits, including aiding people suffering from depression, anxiety, nausea, etc.
Types of Terpenes by Chemical Composition
We can divide terpenes into two broad categories based on their chemical composition, these are:
Monoterpenes are the light terpenes that produce most floral smells including, rose, kiwi, daisy, etc produced by the cannabis plant. The monoterpenes tend to evaporate faster from the plant or their source after you cut them down. Recent studies showed that dry curing can reduce the monoterpenes quantity somewhat between 55% and 85%.
On the other hand, Sesquiterpenes are heavy terpenes and produce the most pungent smells that you find in fruits and vegetables. Similarly, the sesquiterpenes are heavier and stick with the source for a longer period. Oil, wax, and buds are all examples of places you can find these sesquiterpenes.
Varieties of Terps with Health Benefits
Following are some of the most common varieties of terpenes available;
Limonene is a kind of terpene that you can most commonly find in citrus flavors. You can also find it in subtropical varieties like pineapple, Jack Herer, and several other foods. Several studies indicate that these fruits are a great tool against depression because of their high limonene content.
In addition, you can use it to heal bronchitis, induce weight loss, fight cancer, etc. It is a significant reason why pharmacy companies readily add limonene to their medicines because of its extensive medical benefits.
People who deal with insomnia and sleeping trouble, in general, can benefit greatly from the use of Myrcene. Most people who eat myrcene sources end up feeling relaxed and drowsy. Similarly, this terpene is anti-bacterial, anti-inflammatory, and anti-diabetic; meaning that consuming myrcene could help people live a healthier lifestyle.
You can find myrcene mangoes, basil hops, and much more which are all Mother Nature’s way of providing us with natural pain relief.
Alpha-Pinene/ Beta-Pinene is another popular type of terpene that you will come across during the making of beer and weed. Like other mentions earlier, Alpha-Pinene/ Beta-Pinene also has anti-inflammatory and anti-bacterial properties making it ideal for a healthy lifestyle. You can enjoy the taste of your favorite ale or lager when you take a puff of this pine-flavored terpene.
Terpene is one of the most amazing naturally occurring substances that have an impact on the taste and aroma of the things you consume. Ensure checking out related products to how they can benefit you.