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What are terpenes and why do they matter?

By on November 5th, 2018 in Company Info

A terpene is an aromatic oil found in plants. There are over 100 different identified terpenes in the cannabis plant, and while the differences can be subtle, much progress has been made in making classification of terpenes and their effects easy for patients and consumers to understand. Broadly, terpenes can be broken down into sweet, sour, spicy, or bitter — with each category further breaking down into more specific smells.

In addition to providing a different aromatic experience, certain terpenes have additional medical benefits and can also have the ability to affect your mood. 1 Example: Linalool, most commonly found in lavender, is a terpene also found in cannabis products like CBD. The Linalool terpene is airy, light, and floral – known for reducing stress and anxiety for users. It’s also been known to help treat oncoming seizures. 2

See below for a list of common terpenes found in CBD products:

  • Limonene – aromatic in citrus, lemon; improves mood and known to help relieve nausea 3
  • Myrcene – musky and woodsy; anti-inflammatory, used as a sedative and for pain relief 4
  • A-Pinene – smells of pine and mountain woods; known to help improve energy, focus, and memory 5
  • Caryophyllene – aromas of pepper and spices; known for anti-inflammatory, anti-depressant; anti-anxiety 6
  • Linalool – lavender scent; best known for anti-anxiety, sedative, and anti-bacterial properties 7
  • Humulene – smells of wood and earth; reportedly good for anti-inflammatory, chronic pain relief, and appetite suppressant. 8

CBD is non-psychoactive and non-intoxicating, when inhaled or ingested it interacts with CB1 and CB2 receptors that affect many different parts of our body (include body map). CBD also acts as an agonist on the receptors that metabolize cannabinoids, so it blocks THC from the receptors by taking its place. In some hospitals, patients admitted for consuming an excess of cannabis are treated with CBD to reduce the effects of THC.

Too much of any one component of cannabis can thwart a beneficial high and reduce the synergistic Entourage Effect. 9 The THC to CBD ratio is a key player in any cannabis experience. Finding the right balance for your body and your particular needs is critical.

Although concentrated cannabis has historically been used since ancient Moroccan and Chinese civilizations, cannabis has become exponentially more concentrated in the past several decades. We now have cannabis plants that are producing flower with two to three times higher cannabinoid and terpene potency than forty years ago. Concentrates have also become more concentrated including products that are 95-99% pure CBD. Different products are entering the cannabis market every day.

Our Products

Our full-spectrum hemp extract oil is made from organic industrial hemp which contains only legal trace amounts of THC (less than O.3%). These amounts are so small there is no psychoactive effect. We also offer THC-Free Isolate CBD Oil for an alternative option.

Our products are 3rd party laboratory tested multiple times from time of harvest to shipping.  All of our products are produced from 100% non-GMO Domestic Hemp, grown to organic standards and have been tested for contaminants such as pesticides, herbicides, heavy metals and mold.  Our industry leading 3rd party testing procedure is performed on every final product batch and is critical to confirm accuracy in potency information and to check for residual solvents, terpenes and cannabinoid content. Our Certificates of Analysis are available on our website.

We also use a super critical CO2 method of extraction for all of our CBD Oils.  CO2 is a much healthier choice than other potential solvents and is “generally regarded as safe” (GRAS) by the FDA.

If you decide to use CBD products for pain management, be sure to consult with a doctor first to help avoid harmful interactions with your current medications and treatments, along with negative side effects.

Visit our shop of legal CBD products today and see which ones will be the best for your needs.

Safe Harbour Wellness, is a contemporary wellness focused company, offering natural products made exclusively in the U.S.A. We aim to optimize individual wellness through natural American made products of uncompromising quality, while furthering our quest to give, love and serve.  Visit to learn about our BOG1 mission and how we support our US Heroes; US Veterans, Active Military, Law Enforcement, Firefighters and First Responders.




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