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CBD and Terpenes: A Perfect Combination

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BnB Tobacco has begun to embrace the hemp plant thanks to its well-researched properties that play a role in maintaining overall wellness.  When we talk about the hemp plant, we often focus on CBD, which is the leading compound found in the plant’s chemical makeup.  It’s important to know, however, that while cannabidiol is amazing in and of itself, it’s not the only compound in the plant that’s fully worth exploring. Terpenes, like CBD, are absolutely fascinating, and highly useful. 

What Exactly is CBD?

Before we discuss terpenes, it’s important that we’re clear on what CBD actually is, as many people mistakenly think that the term refers to the whole hemp plant.  CBD, as we said, is the dominant chemical compound in the buds of the hemp plant.  It’s a cannabinoid, which means that it binds with cannabinoid receptors located throughout the body, which results in regulatory effects that help develop a sense of equilibrium throughout all of the bodily systems.  Cannabinoids are unique in this way, and the process explains why CBD can produce such a wide variety of effects. 

What are Terpenes?

Cannabinoids are unique to the cannabis genus, which is what hemp belongs to.  But these flowering buds contain more than just cannabinoids in terms of their chemical compounds.  Another class of compounds present in these buds is terpenes.  Terpenes, unlike cannabinoids, naturally occur in all plant material.  They determine the flavor and aroma of a particular plant, while giving it protective properties that fend off diseases, predators and more.

But, when terpenes are extracted, they offer properties to the human body that are extremely desirable.  For instance, linalool, a terpene found in hemp as well as lavender, is known for offering calming properties while simultaneously being an anti-inflammatory.  And myrcene is a terpene that may be able to enhance sleep.

The hemp plant has over a hundred individual terpenes, and each one has its own properties.  And, each terpene plays a role in the flavor of the hemp plant, as well as the aroma profile. 

CBD Plus Terpenes: Synergy in Action

Both terpenes and cannabinoids like CBD have a lot to offer in terms of wellness-related properties.  Therefore, it makes sense to choose a product that contains both of these types of compounds.  But, interestingly, taking the whole array of chemical compounds in hemp together gives you more than the sum of their individual parts, so to speak.

Terpenes and cannabinoids work together synergistically.  This means that when you combine them in a single dose, the presence of each actually maximizes the effectiveness of the others.  This is referred to as the entourage effect and means that combining the whole chemical composition provides a unique bioavailability level that can lead to even more noticeable results.

Terpenes and Strains

We often hear the term “strain” in reference to cannabis.  For those who don’t know what this term means, it refers to the various breeds of a cannabis plant that exist.  Hemp comes in a wide array of breeds, and each individual breed has its own specific chemical composition.

In other words, each hemp strain, or breed, possesses a specific organization of cannabinoids, terpenes, and other compounds.  Also, the terpenes play the largest role in determining the unique strain.  An example of this would be a strain having higher levels of myrcene than another, which makes one strain particularly good for those looking to relax.  Meanwhile, another strain may have high levels of beta-caryophyllene, a terpene studied for offering relief from pain.

These days, hemp farmers intentionally employ crossbreeding techniques in order to develop strains that are especially good at serving a unique purpose.  For instance, years ago, Charlotte’s Web was specially developed by farmers in order to be geared toward those suffering from epilepsy.

Therefore, by understanding the relationship between CBD and terpenes, you will be equipped with the knowledge needed to find a particular strain that can give you the effects that you most strongly desire.

Products That Contain CBD and Terpenes

So, where can you find CBD products that contain these exciting terpenes?  Well, they are, in fact, everywhere.  There are three types of hemp extract that can be used in a formula: CBD isolate, broad spectrum, and full spectrum. 

  • CBD Isolate: Contains only CBD and no other compounds.
  • Broad Spectrum: Offers every compound in hemp, including CBD and terpenes, minus the trace amount of naturally occurring THC in the hemp plant.
  • Full Spectrum: Offers every compound in hemp, including that small amount of THC.

Therefore, any product labeled as “broad spectrum” or “full spectrum” will provide your body with all of the terpenes in hemp, allowing you to experience the synergistic properties discussed earlier.

Furthermore, any product that contains the actual hemp buds rather than a hemp extract will naturally give you the full spectrum of hemp compounds.  This includes hemp flower and hemp pre-rolls.

CBD w/Terpene Products at BnB Tobacco

Our company believes in the usefulness of terpenes, especially when combined with CBD.  That’s why you’ll find plenty of products that we sell which come in broad spectrum and full spectrum varieties.  Additionally, we offer various flower products, including a wide selection of pre-rolls that give you the plant’s entire chemical composition in a way that’s as close to how nature intended.

CBD and Terpenes are a Match Made in Cannabinoid Heaven

Combining them creates a unique synergistic response in the body that can amplify all that cannabidiol is capable of.  This is why it’s always worth exploring hemp products that contain more than just cannabidiol.  At BnB Tobacco, we offer a generous array of hemp goods that put these compounds together to help you reach your wellness goals as effectively as possible.

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