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- Marijuana typically grows with higher percentages of THC (psychoactive; causes “high”), and lower percentages of CBD (non-psychoactive; no “high”).
- Hemp is the opposite, growing with higher percentages of CBD, and lower percentages of THC.
The minuscule glands (trichomes) of the hemp plant that excrete cannabinoids also produce terpenes, which are what gives both hemp and marijuana their distinct aromas. Terpenes are not exclusive to the cannabis sativa plant, and can be found throughout nature. In addition to providing these pungent aromas, terpenes are used to attract pollinators, to repel pests and herbivores, and they’ve been used by humans for beauty and pharmaceutical products for centuries.
Although terpenes are naturally occurring in full-spectrum oil, which we use in the majority of our products, we further enhance the benefits of our products by including higher concentrations with our proprietary terpene blends. We aren’t just relying on the medicinal benefits of CBD with our products. We include cannabinoids (predominantly CBD) and terpenes at very specific concentrations because CBD and terpenes work synergistically. We also include additional therapeutic plant compounds, which have potential anti-inflammatory, analgesic, and anti-anxiety effects. Listed below are examples of the various plant extracts and terpenes included in our proprietary blends, as well as their associated therapeutic benefits.
Beta Caryophyllene (BCP)
BCP is a dietary cannabinoid that binds with the Endocannabinoid System (ECS), yet it presents itself as a terpene. We use BCP in all of our products, as it works synergistically with CBD to enhance its effects within the human body. CBD barely binds with the CB2 receptors, and not at all with CB1, however it does facilitate the binding of other molecules, such as THC (CB1) or Beta Caryophyllene (CB2). This means that we may experience longer, and more effective periods of anti-inflammation when BCP is paired with CBD. Found naturally in black pepper and cloves, BCP has also shown promise in relieving anxiety and other behavioral disorders, and it has even shown to negate paranoia from over consumption of THC.
One of the two isomers of pinene, alpha-pinene can be found in a myriad of plants, such as rosemary, basil, but most notably pine trees. Studies have found alpha-pinene may help with inflammation. It has also been shown to increase alertness, and has historically worked well as a bronchodilator. This highly beneficial, and pivotal terpene is included in nearly all of our proprietary terpene blends to enhance CBD effectiveness.
This citrus-smelling terpene is relatively stable, and the most common of the limonene isomers. It’s therapeutic properties may range from anti-inflammation, anti-anxiety, and antifungal. Limonene also assists in the absorption of other terpenes, which is why it is included in all of our topical terpene blends, as well as many of our other CBD products.
This monoterpene is commonly found in mangos and hops, and may have an analgesic with sedative properties. Additionally, this terpene may have anti-inflammatory properties, and help decrease the sensation of pain, yet myrcene has no known neurobehavioral effects.
This optical isomer is most commonly found in lavender and jasmine, and offers a mild, inoffensive floral scent. Linalool has been used as a calmative for thousands of years, as it may have anxiolytic and sedative properties, but it is also imperative to the production of vitamin-E within the body. This isomer enhances the effects of our CBD products and blends.
Tea Tree Oil
A volatile essential oil with a camphorous scent, tea tree oil is many have powerful antimicrobial, anti-inflammatory, and antibacterial properties. As such, we include tea tree oil in all of our topicals to assist with various skin conditions related to bacteria and inflammation.
Valerian root is a perennial flowering plant, and has been used as a medicinal herb since ancient Greece and Rome. Studies have shown it increases he amount of gamma aminobutyric acid (GABA) in the brain, which helps regulate nerve cells, resulting in a calming effect. As such, we use valerian root in our many of our calming products, as it may help reduce stress levels and anxiety, and assist with insomnia.
Shea butter is a fat extracted from the nut of the African shea tree. It is often used in cosmetics due to its emollient properties, but may also have anti-inflammatory properties. Shea butter is one of the primary ingredients in the base of all our topicals.
Capsaicin is an active ingredient in chili peppers, responsible for the sense of “hotness”. It is often used in topical ointments as an analgesic for both muscle and joint pain, and is used in nearly all of our topicals and CBD ointments.
Menthol is a crystalline substance made from corn mint, peppermint, or other mint oils. It is used often in topical analgesics for pain, but also as a penetration enhancer. Menthol is used in nearly all of our topicals.