Terpenes: The Aromatic Compounds That Set Kurvana Apart
What Are Terpenes?
If you’re a cannabis user, you’ve probably heard of terpenes. Terpenes are natural compounds that influence the aroma, flavor, and sometimes even the color of many herbs, and they’re found in particularly high concentrations in the cannabis plant. These compounds are essential to ensure plants’ growth and survival. Terpenes make plants attractive to pollinators, contributing to their reproductive success. With the same mechanism, they can also avoid predators that naturally dislike their scent, taste, and color.
What Do Terpenes Do?
In the cannabis world, terpenes play a big role in defining the signature scent of each strain. Strains have a variety of terpene concentrations, which can result in, for example, some of them having a more citrusy scent, while others have a muskier aroma. When choosing either a cartridge or an All-In-One pen you should always look at the aromatic notes described on our website. Those notes are a result of different terpene compositions that are part of our exclusive curations. We believe that consuming cannabis is about elevating all the senses. This is why we select strains that have naturally unique aromas, without ever adding extra terpenes or any additives.
Terpenes can interact with cannabinoids to both enhance their effects as well as add new ones. Evidence shows that when cannabis compounds are consumed together their benefits can surpass the sum of their parts. Kurvana has a commitment to always providing full-spectrum cannabis oil – meaning whole-plant extract, containing cannabinoids, terpenes, and other compounds. Utilizing whole-plant extracts also contributes to the cost-effectiveness of cannabis products, for instance, a recent study concluded that full-spectrum CBD oil was four times more successful in treating epilepsy than CBD isolate. Whether your usage is medicinal or recreational, consuming a wider variety of cannabis compounds ensures that less product will be needed.
The extraction process also influences the terpene concentration in cannabis plants. Kurvana, understanding the volatility of each natural compound, has developed a proprietary method that focuses on preserving and purifying the essence of the cannabis plant. We also care about the source of our raw material, as the plants’ growth process affects the concentration of their terpenes. Our plants are carefully cultivated by local growers from the California Central Coast.
Learning more about the characteristics of different terpenes can also be useful when trying to achieve specific wellness goals. The health benefits provided by terpenes are similar to what you can get from using essential oils. In fact, they are one of the main compounds found in these oils. Next time you rub lavender essential oil behind your ears for a calming sensation, consider experimenting with a terpene infused vaporizer to complement your ritual. Instead of juggling through information found online and wondering what terpenes are good for pain or what terpenes are good for anxiety, we’ve made a list explaining the characteristics and usage of our most common terpenes.
Here is a comprehensive list of Kurvana’s terpenes:
Bisabolol: Bisabolol is a cannabis-derived terpene perfect for those who enjoy a sweet floral aroma. Also found in chamomile, this compound has pain-relieving effects that have sparked interest in those looking for a natural alternative to medication. It also has anti-inflammatory and antibiotic properties.
Caryophyllene: If you enjoy spicy flavors, a strain that contains Caryophyllene will always be a great pick. This botanical terpene is typically found in the spices we cook with daily, such as black pepper. More than just flavorful, it is also useful to relieve pain and combat depression.
Humulene: Humulene is a terpene found in herbs with strong earthy aromas. Users especially enjoy its appetite-suppressant effects, which can be helpful in avoiding the typical hunger experienced after cannabis consumption. Anti-inflammatory and analgesic effects are also felt with this terpene.
Limonene: This is a very common terpene in cosmetics and perfumes due to its pleasantly fresh aroma. Strains containing this compound have a lemony flavor that tends to be a favorite among consumers, not to mention that the limonene terpene effects are great for relieving stress.
Myrcene: Myrcene is the most abundant terpene in cannabis plants, but also found in some fruits and herbs. Its musky, herbal aroma and flavor are what define that unmistakable cannabis scent. The myrcene terpene effects are a go-to for athletes looking for post-exercise pain relief.
Pinene: Pinene is the most abundant terpene in nature, highly present in conifers, sage, and parsley. With a sharp piney aroma and flavor, it is known for its potential energy-boosting and focusing effects and is one of the most versatile terpenes available in our store.
Terpinolene: With a sweet and woody aroma, terpinolene is great for calming the senses. Its sedative effects can be useful when having trouble falling asleep.
Valencene: This terpene is popular in aromatherapy due to its uplifting effects. Valencene’s name refers to Valencia oranges and has a delicious citrusy aroma.
Fenchol: Fenchol has a woody and earthy aroma and can be found in fennel, basil, and other herbs. This terpene can be incorporated into a holistic approach to pain management because of its anti-inflammatory effects.
Ocimene: This terpene combines sweet and herbaceous aromas, resulting in its unique scent. Found in herbs such as mint and parsley, it has antifungal properties that show promise in treating infections.
Linalool: Linalool has one of the most intense terpene flavors, instantly recognized by those who love freshly chopped cilantro. It’s not only delicious, but also useful in treating epilepsy, as the linalool terpene effects have been shown to be anti-convulsant.
Carene: Carene has a sweet and piney aroma and is present in pine trees, rosemary, and cedar. New studies have shown this terpene’s potential in relieving joint-related pain caused by arthritis.
Terpineol: Terpineol has a floral aroma and is commonly found in lilacs. As one of our best terpenes for anxiety, it is great for nighttime use and ensuring restful sleep.
Eucalyptol: As its name suggests, this terpene is abundant in eucalyptus, but it is also present in other plants like tea trees. It is often used in cold remedies, as it serves both as a cough suppressant and as a decongestant.
Camphor: One of our most aromatic terpenes, camphor invokes the scent of mint and rosemary. This terpene is frequently added to topical creams and ointments to treat several skin conditions.