Are you curious about terpene uses? Terpenes are the aromatic oils in plants that give them their unique aromas, tastes, and in some cases, psychoactive and/or medicinal effects.
While terpenes are most commonly associated with cannabis plants, they’re actually found in many other plants and even in some insects. For example, pinene is found in pine leaves and limonene is found in citrus fruits.
In the cannabis world, terpenes are what gives marijuana strains their signature scents, flavors, and effects. If you’ve ever smelled or smoked an especially dank bud, it was rich in terpenes. While terpenes are making waves in the cannabis industry, they’re not just found in THC and CBD products.
Here are some of the most common terpene uses you may not know about:
Have you ever added a sprinkling of fresh basil to a pasta dish? Maybe you’ve garnished a dish with parsley or lemon rind? Terpenes are frequently used in many types of foods in the form of herbs, seasonings, fruits, and vegetables—they’re just not usually called terpenes in a food context.
While terpenes can enhance the taste of a dish, they can also be used to add healing properties to your recipes.
Say you’re feeling stressed out and you want to unwind after a long day. Linalool and bisabolol are both terpenes that are known for their calming properties. Lavender contains linalool and chamomile contains bisabolol, so a nice cup of lavender and chamomile tea would hit the spot.
Have you ever put a few drops of essential oil in your bath? Or maybe you’ve diffused essential oils with a burner to fill your home with a pleasant aroma? Those are terpenes you’re enjoying. In fact, essential oils are easily the most prominent example of terpene use you can find.
Essential oils are plants that have been processed down to their most concentrated form and then mixed with a carrier oil. For example, eucalyptus oil is one of the most famous essential oils. It contains pinene, limonene, and eucalyptol. By understanding the unique effects associated with each terpene, you can get a better idea of how eucalyptus oil will make you feel.
Pinene and limonene are known for their energy and focus, while eucalyptol is often used for its anti-inflammatory and analgesic properties. So, eucalyptus oil would be a great aromatherapy choice if you’re feeling lethargic or if you’re in physical pain. Once you understand the distinct terpene uses, you can cater them to your immediate needs.
If you’ve smoked marijuana, you’ve experienced first-hand the taste and aroma of terpenes, as well as their effects. However, you didn’t have complete control over them—what you have is what you get. These days, many cannabis enthusiasts love using terpene extracts to create the custom CBD or THC profiles.
It works just like food and aromatherapy. Want to make your concentrates a little more relaxing? Add some myrcene or linalool terpenes. Want to feel more alert? Pinene or limonene should do the trick. Once you understand the many various terpene uses that are possible, you can really hone in on your personal best buzz.
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