How To Safely Use Terpenes In Cannabis Products
If you pay attention to the cannabis industry, you know two things: it’s expanding rapidly and it’s full of people who are looking to produce innovative, tasty, flavorful ways to consume marijuana that don’t involve a bong or rolling papers. Smoking weed, as they say, is SO 2012. Why limit yourself to marijuana flower when you could enjoy the medicinal and recreational benefits as a baked good, snack cracker, lip gloss, concentrate, oil, or topical product?
Producers of marijuana products know that in addition to potency, people want flavor, which is why terpenes have become such a hot commodity in recent years.
True Blue is proud to be the #1 source people turn to when shopping for terpenes online. Whether you’re making a batch of cbd oil for personal use, or are simply looking to infuse your commercial line of products with a natural flavor that will keep customers coming back for more, we have the food-grade natural terpenes you need!
Keep reading to read more about cannabis terpenoids, and the correct way to utilize them in your creation of weed and CBD-dominant products.
Terpenes: Cannabis Isn’t The Only Source!
While terpenes are almost always discussed in the context of weed products and aromatherapy, it’s important for you to realize that cannabis is far from the only natural source of terpenes in the modern world. There are over 30,000 natural terpenes and they can come from plants like rosemary, mint, and basil, as well as marijuana. However, it can be said that terpenes are most heavily concentrated in the marijuana plant, which is known to contain “over 100 different terpenes. and every strain tends toward a unique terpene type and composition,” according to Leafly. This is the reason why vape oil is so potent. The widespread presence of terpenes in plants other than cannabis is good news for producers of weed products that want to add natural flavor without throwing off pre-established potency.
What Are Some Natural Terpene Oil Uses?
Terpenes are a key ingredient in the essential oil found, not just in marijuana , but in all plants. So, whenever you use your your Glade Plug In or read that a skin care product contains tea tree oil, those are examples of natural terpenes in action. Much of these products are built on a chemical compound known as caryophyllene oxide, which is responsible for the spiciness of black pepper. Let’s take a look of some of the most common types of essential oils on the market.
Treat Your Skin With Tea Tree Oil
The term ‘tea tree’ is used to describe several plants all from the Myrtaceae family, most of which are indigenous to Australia and New Zealand. Renowned for its anti-inflammatory effects, tree oil extracted from the raw plant material has become a key ingredient in many topical medications that are used to treat infections. It can also be found in many standard cleaning products, laundry detergent, shampoos, and nail creams.
Spice Up Your Cuisine And Clean Up Your House With Citrus Oil
Lime oil is known for its distinct tart citrus scent. That makes it a perfect addition to homemade salsa or avocado dip. Lemon terpenes are also a popular essential oil. Rich in limonene, they make for an effective sanitizing agent that you can use in your dishwasher, wood polish, and even teeth whitener.
Combat Aging With Patchouli Oil
Patchouli is a species of plant that is native to the tropical regions of Asia. It’s also a powerful anti-aging herb that has become a staple of facial cleansers. You can also find patchouli in incense, herbal tea, and perfumes.
Gum Turpentine: An Effective Solvent
Gum turpentine is derived from distilled resin from live pine trees. It has a number of industrial uses – primarily as a solvent for thinning oil-based paints and as a source of materials for organic synthesis.
Did You Know Pure Terpenes Can Be Dangerous?
The most important thing to know about using the pure, food-grade terpenes that we sell here at True Blue is that they are NOT intended to be used at full potency. All food-grade terpenes should be diluted before they’re added to any type of cannabinoid-rich product–whether smokable, edible, or topical. In fact, it’s dangerous to let some pure terpenes come into contact with your bare skin, and you should be sure to use the appropriate skin protection, eye protection, and to use your terpenes in a well-ventilated area.
We recommend starting with a 3 percent concentration of weed terpenes in your hemp oil and then increasing in 0.5 percent or 1 percent increments up to 6 percent by weight depending on personal preference. Because our food-grade terpenes are less viscous than water, 1 ml of terpenes equals approximately .85 grams. One drop of True Blue terpenes selected using the included plastic pipette is approximately .02ml or .017 grams.
When using terpenes in your marijuana products, remember that they are NOT water soluble. Terpenes mix best with marijuana plant extracts, coconut oil, vegetable glycerine, and more. Terpenes will homogenize with agitation and the process can be sped up by applying low heat.
We hope this post has helped you understand a little bit more about how to use terpenes safely in your cannabis products. Shop our full selection of terpenes now and be sure to contact us if you have any questions.
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Let’s Talk About Terpenes
The rise of popularity in the cannabis industry has brought with it a whole new world of terms.
Now, as CBD products have become more widely-circulated, there’s a new buzz-word on the block; terpenes.
What are Cannabis Terpenes?
If you’ve had exposure to anything cannabis-related, you might be wondering, “what are cannabis terpenes, and do they matter?”
Yes, they matter!
Simply put, cannabis terpenes are natural compounds found in the flower/bud of the cannabis plant. These compounds are responsible for cannabis’ aroma, and are thought to help increase the healing properties of the plant.
If you’re familiar with essential oils, terpenes are a similar concept; lavender essential oil helps you to relax, and stop an itchy bug bite. Peppermint oil help lessen a headache, and lemon is great for all your natural cleaning needs. Terpenes are similar, and are actually found in essential oils. They are attributed to uplifting, relaxing, or healing effects.
Astonishingly, there are over 200 different kinds of terpenes that have been identified in the cannabis plant, and each individual terpene is associated with its own unique effects!
Even though the medicinal benefits of terpenes are still being researched, recent studies have shown that they work in synergy with CBD, and other cannabinoids, to improve the value of cannabis products. The most important value of terpenes, when it comes to cannabinoids, is that they help speed up the absorption of cannabinoids into the bloodstream.
Is There a Difference Between “Terpenes” and “Terpenoids”?
Even though these terms are commonly used interchangeably, terpenes and terpenoids are not the same thing.
Terpenes are the naturally-occurring combination of hydrogen and carbon (pure hydrocarbons) while terpenoids are terpenes that are altered through an oxidation process (chemical modification).
Terpenes in Rosebud CBD
Typically, profiles showing cannabinoid and terpene content are not readily-available to the public. So, in our recent third-party lab tests, we requested testing for the terpene profile of our current Rosebud CBD batch.
Listed below, in order of abundance, is Rosebud CBD’s terpene profile:
- Often used in skin care, this is not considered a major terpene.
- Flavor/Scent: mildly sweet, floral scent
- Also found in: chamomile
- Possible healing benefits: anti-inflammatory, healing, soothing, and anti-microbial properties. Some consider it a relaxant, contributing to a more relaxed overall well-being for those who struggle with depression, anxiety, and insomnia.
- Not considered a major terpene. Has been used extensively in natural medicine.
- Flavor/Scent: pine-like aromas, wood and rose
- Also found in: wood from cypress pine and guaiacum (an evergreen tree)
- Possible healing benefits: Antioxidant, antimicrobial and anti-inflammatory
- A common and abundant terpene found in cannabis. This is the first (and only) non-cannabinoid found to directly activate CB2 receptors in our endocannabinoid system.
- Flavor/Scent: peppery, woody, and or spicy
- Also found in: cloves, hops, and rosemary
- Possible healing benefits: anti-chronic pain, antioxidant, anti-inflammatory and antinociceptive properties
- Produced by a number of cannabis strains, this terpene is said to be naturally synergistic with THC. It has been shown to increase the maximum saturation level of the CB1 receptor.
- Flavor/Scent: musky, earthy, herbal – akin to cloves
- Also found in: mangoes, hops, bay laurel leaves, thyme, lemongrass, and basil
- Possible healing benefits: Anti-inflammatory, Analgesic (pain relief), Antibiotic, Sedative, Antimutagenic
- This common terpene is found in both hops and cannabis, and is attributed to giving beers their taste and smell.
- Flavor/Scent: earthy, woody, and spicy
- Also found in: hops, cannabis sativa strains, and Vietnamese coriander
- Possible healing benefits: anti-inflammatory, antibacterial, and appetite suppressant
- A common and abundant terpene found in cannabis.
- Flavor/Scent: pine and fir
- Also found in: mostly in other conifers, balsamic resin, pine woods and some citrus fruits
- Possible healing benefits: alertness, memory retention, may reduce anxiety and pain
- A common and abundant terpene found in cannabis.
- Flavor/Scent: fruity and citrusy
- Also found in: many everyday fruits and fruit rinds
- Possible healing benefits: Anxiety, depression, pain, inflammation, elevate mood
While cannabis terpenes are generally not known to produce any side effects, everyone’s experience with cannabinoids is unique. Consider talking to your healthcare provider before adding cannabis terpenes to your wellness routine.
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