Cannabis Terpenes – Move Over CBD

The WC team was recently at the Cannabis Expo at the Javits Center in NYC looking for the latest trends in cannabis products.

As you can imagine, CBD products were offered in every category from beverage (think k-cups) to pet food, to health & beauty products. CBD is mainstream and if companies haven’t at least researched it for their offerings, they’re a bit late to the game.

One trend that did stand out is the use of Terpenes.

What are Terpenes?

Terpenes are the fragrant oils found in the resin glands of the cannabis plant. Each strain of cannabis has a different flavor and scent and each Terpene touts its own benefits. Like CBD, Terpenes alone do not have any psychoactive effects.

Terpenes are “essential oils” and are currently used in spa treatments at The Regis and Ritz-Carlton hotels. Malin + Goetz Cannabis candles and body lotions also provide this luxury. Terpenes are also the hottest flavoring agent in cocktails. Check out this recipe for this Tangie Sour. Mixologists rejoice!

The most common Terpenes are:

Myrcene: This Terpene is known for its musky, herbal aroma. Mycrene can be found in mango, citrus fruits, and thyme.

Limonene: Common in citrus, it is highly-energetic and a known antidepressant. 

Terpinolene: A smokey or woody aroma that is an antioxidant, anti-cancer, antibacterial and slightly sedative.

Beta-Caryophyllene: Gastroprotective and a strong anti-inflammatory with a woody, peppery taste.

Pinene: Energetic and therapeutic, this terpene is common in pine needles. If you’ve ever walked through a forest and felt “lifted” you’ve experienced this terpenenoid!

Humulene: The main constituent of hops is a strong anti-inflammatory agent and hunger-suppressant.

I recently purchased a Mycene Terpene that I added to my air dispenser with a bit of lavender oil. It’s relaxing, and I promise, my home does not smell like a frat house.

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