CBD-based product, What Are Terpenes and Why Do You Want Them in Your CBD?

What Are Terpenes and Why Do You Want Them in Your CBD?

We love science, but we totally understand that not everyone needs to know the nitty gritty. Sometimes you just want a CBD-based product that works. If, however, your inner geek is curious about the way our water soluble CBD, NanoSoluble performs, well then this is your lucky day. 

As Dictionary.com tells us, terpenes are:

“(originally) any of a class of monocyclic hydrocarbons of the formula C10H16, obtained from plants.

this class or any of its oxygenated derivatives, any hydrocarbon from the same source having the formula C5H8 (hemiterpene ), the formula C10H16 with an aliphatic structure (acyclic terpene )or two-ringed structure (bicyclic terpene ), the formula C15H24 (sesquiterpene ), etc., and any of their oxygenated derivatives.”

That probably makes everything crystal clear for you, right? 

Just kidding. We are the first to admit that a purely technical definition like that doesn’t even begin to convey what terpenes do and why having a full profile of them in your CBD is a good thing.  

The folks over at Analytical Cannabis are much more helpful, in our opinion. “Simply put,” they say, “terpenes are what gives an orange its citrusy smell. They give pine trees their unique aroma. They’re even responsible for the relaxing effects in lavender. They are chemicals that determine how things smell.”

But that’s just part of what they do! 

As the experts at Analytical Cannabis explain, terpenes also impact the healing properties of cannabis and hemp plants. “Cannabinoids and terpenes work together in something called the entourage effect,” they explain. “The entourage effect simply means that cannabinoids such as THC and CBD, along with the hundreds of other compounds, along with the terpenes, are meant to work together…Terpenes can intensify or downplay the effects of the cannabinoids.”

If you want to see how the terpene profile in NanoSoluble, our phtyo-cannabinoid rich, water-soluble CBD, stacks up against other CBD-based products, check out our lab tests.