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JUNE '20

What Are Terpenes (and Why Should You Care)?

In recent years, American consumers have grown increasingly interested in hemp (low-THC cannabis sativa), because it contains cannabidiol, better known as CBD.

 

Health-conscious individuals are careful to check the labels on the foods they buy, and to eat a diet rich in vitamins, minerals, proteins, and antioxidants. When consumed in the right amounts, these naturally occurring compounds can help boost your immune system, increase energy and mental focus, and keep you looking younger and more vibrant. In the same way, the hemp plant contains chemical compounds that can benefit overall health and is fast becoming part of a comprehensive approach to wellness.

In recent years, American consumers have grown increasingly interested in hemp (low-THC cannabis sativa), because it contains cannabidiol, better known as CBD. Many users find that CBD can help promote a regular sleep cycle, reduce pain, and support a positive mood. However, the hemp plant has much more to offer than just CBD. Among the most interesting therapeutic compounds of hemp are the fragrant oils called terpenes.

alpha- and beta-pinene, and lavender gets its scent from the terpene linalool.

What is unique about the terpenes in full-spectrum hemp is that they work synergistically with cannabidiol and other compounds in the plant, including flavonoids and minerals. This synergistic aspect is called the "entourage effect," which increases or modulates the effect that each component has when interacting with the human endocannabinoid system. In other words, having the full spectrum of compounds available makes a big difference in how the body processes those compounds, including their antioxidant effects, to deliver maximized results.

Although scientists are still researching how terpenes work together with cannabidiol to bind to CB2 receptors in the body, many people feel that full-spectrum hemp is more beneficial than simply isolating CBD to promote better wellness. In much the same way that consumers were the driving force behind the growing use of essential oils for a broad range of therapeutic applications, health-conscious individuals are looking for terpene-rich hemp oils to deliver additional benefits.

Simple Changes products are specifically formulated to keep cannabinoids and terpenes intact during processing, to foster the entourage effect and preserve the efficacy of full-spectrum hemp. The hemp plants are 100% organic and farmed in the U.S., and all of our products are laboratory tested for quality and purity. Because Simple Changes is committed to transparency in all of our farming and manufacturing processes, we make the Certificate of Analysis for each product available on our website. To learn more about the beneficial compounds in full-spectrum hemp and how we monitor our products "from soil to oil," visit our page on Full Spectrum Health.

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