The debate over marijuana legalization is catching up faster across various countries. With an increasing number of places legalizing marijuana especially for medical purposes, the global use for the same is at its all-time high. Cannabis has been the topic of various medical studies and significant results reflecting it to have great healing and therapeutic properties have been observed. With increasing research and conclusions, possible methods of consumptions of cannabis are also increasing.
Vaporizing is a method of cannabis consumption commonly used by people across the world. The new trend that has made its way into this method is the terpene infused vape liquid. But what is so special about terpene infused vape liquids?
The scent and flavor of marijuana are its distinctive characteristics that a true fan will embrace and admire. But various methods of consumption of cannabis usually take away the joy of the rich scent of individual strains.
While, terpene infused e-juices eliminate this disadvantage. Terpenes are essential oils that add the distinct taste and aroma to cannabis. It is extracted from the sticky resinous glands from the buds of cannabis and there are majorly 7 types of them which include limonene, alpha-pinene, eucalyptol, linalool, borneol, caryophyllene, and myrcene.
Apart from cannabis, terpenes can also be extracted from various varieties of plants, herbs, and fruits. About 140 different varieties of Terpenes are found and each of them has a unique flavor. In fact, cannabis alone contains about 120 types of terpenes present in it. Terpenes also vaporize at a similar temperature as CBD and this helps in elevating the experience of vaping with a much thicker and richer liquid. The flavor is also more natural and soothing as compared to artificial additions.
Essential oils derived from Cannabis has been widely underused in medical treatments, beauty products, perfumery etc, Addition of terpenes to these oils is expected to embrace the healing qualities of cannabis better. Apart from health benefits of their own, Terpenes in combination with CBD are a great deal. In fact, this combination is defined using the “entourage effect” where the benefits of one compound are enhanced by the others.
A report by the British Journal of Pharmacology in 2011 has briefed how the effects of the natural presence of terpenes in CBD is quite dull whereas addition of these extracts enhances the effects of CBD.
Certain types such as beta-caryophyllene are present in oregano, black pepper and some strains of cannabis which help in improving digestive health by treating ulcers, autoimmune disorders as well as inflammatory conditions.
Terpenes such as myrcene have a clove-like, earthy scent and are known for its sedative properties whereas pinene has antiseptic properties and anti-inflammatory properties and promotes alertness and increases energy.
Limonene has a citrusy aroma and can be used for its stress relief properties and it is found in lemons, juniper, and oranges. Various studies have been conducted to understand the positive effects of limonene on patients diagnosed with depression and other mental disorders.
Few types of terpenes were found to be very useful in regulating sleep, improving appetite, improving digestion and immunity, elevating your mood as well as increasing memory.
Alpha-Bisabolol which is found in chamomile also has antibacterial properties and helps in healing wounds and Borneol which gives the smell similar to camphor can be of great therapeutic benefits to treat insomnia.
Limonene has also been under research for anti-cancer or cancer treatment properties. The antiproliferative, chemopreventive effects of this type can help prevent the spreading of cancer cells and can also suppress tumor growth.
Linalool is a terpene that has anticonvulsant properties. Applying the same has been proven to modulate glutamate which is a main compound involved in initiating seizures.
Just like CBD, terpenes also have a psychological effect on your body and thus adding the same to CBD can increase its therapeutic benefits. Smoking cannabis burns out the terpene content which is why vaping is considered a preferred method to use the same. Recent times have seen various companies coming up with vaping liquids with terpene in them.
While the awareness, as well as the use of terpenes, has not yet become widely popular, it is expected that this will take over the market especially because it is sustainable and can also be combined with various kinds of safe green cannabis. It can become a common ingredient in many products in the future.
Cannabis terpene profiles for various everyday products such as dish soaps, tea, beauty products etc are already under research and this culture of aromatherapy is expected to become increasingly important in the future. Terpene infused could be the healthier future of cannabis.