Cannabis and Terpenes

As the movement to legalize marijuana gains further momentum across the United States, we see more key discoveries surfacing in regards to the plant's scientific properties.

We have long known that THC and CBD can serve several medicinal purposes; they both help relieve stress, anxiety, depression, and body pain. However, we are only just now beginning to delve deeper into the science and breaking down the "mystery" behind it. 


What are Terpenes?

New studies are unveiling that Marijuana is composed of more than just Tetrahydrocannabinol or THC, the notorious compound that allows users to experience its psychoactive effects. Cannabis also contains over 400 naturally occurring elements, and at least 85 different chemical structures called cannabinoids. Additionally, studies have also identified over 100 terpenes that can be present within the plant, which are the oils that help produce the aroma and flavor of a particular strain of Marijuana. Researchers believe that terpenoids may prove to provide medicinal benefits, as well.

However, terpenes are not unique to Cannabis; they exist within all varieties of plants, fruits, and flowers, as they are the fragrant oils emitted by these plants. They are there to aid the plant to perform a variety of functions like attract pollinators with sweet smells or deter its predators with bitter flavors or foul aromas.

Terpenes help give citrus fruits that zesty smell or work together to give mint it's refreshing scent and flavor. In Cannabis, these terpenes are believed to be the secret behind why certain strains of Cannabis differ vastly from one another in smell, taste, and effects on the mind and body.


How do Terpenes Affect the Cannabis Experience?

If you are a regular cannabis consumer, you've most likely seen cannabis products marketed with the ability to place you in a specific state, either "focused," "sleepy," "calm," or "energized."

We have terpenes to thank for that, as there are numerous terpenes that aid in promoting relaxation and anxiety relief, and others uplift one's mood and boost focus. The effects of terpenes on the human body may also change when combined with the presence of other compounds in a phenomenon referred to as the entourage effect. This effect explains how terpenes operate with the human endocannabinoid system, and when coupled with THC and CBD, create a deep and intricate experience for the user.

For instance, the terpene Limonene is a sweet terpene with a citrus taste and aroma and has shown to provide energy and boost your overall mood. While a Linalool, a terpene with a zesty lime kick, acts as a very mild sedative in combination with other cannabinoid compounds.


Well-Known Terpenes

Myrcene: This is the most prevalent terpene found in common cannabis strains; studies have shown it can extend THC's psychoactive effects.

Limonene: A citrus-flavored terpene that heightens focus and alertness. 

Pinene: This terpene emits a scent reminiscent of pine needles, hence its name. It's the most naturally existing terpene on earth, found in many species of trees, and it helps support relaxation and stress relief.

Geraniol: A sweet cannabis terpene with citrus and floral aromas and is believed to activate anti-inflammatory, anti-fungal, and relaxation benefits.

Citronellol: A fresh terpene with citrus notes that contains cardiovascular regulating agents and helps produce a significant calming effect.

Eucalyptol: A bright and minty terpene primarily found in eucalyptus, it not only provides a soothing effect, it's also an excellent antioxidant and anti-inflammatory.

Bisabolol: A sweet terpene with floral aromas that works to soothe inflammation and elevate relaxation.

Linalool: This terpene exhibits several beneficial properties; it promotes reduced anxiety and inflammation, and assists in creating a serene mood.

Borneol: A minty cannabis terpene with spice and cooling aromas. This terpene improves circulation, aids in digestion, and is an appetite suppressant.

Beta-caryophyllene: A terpene with woodsy and clove aromas that supports a healthy nervous system, and alleviates stress & anxiety.


Kinda High's Products and Terpenes

With all of this novel research into cannabinoids and terpenes, we were shocked to discover that so little of these findings are implemented into products on the current market.

Kinda High found a team of highly skilled neuroscientists who have devoted their lives to studying cannabinoids and terpenes to help us deliver this progressive science to consumers that want a customized and controlled experience.

All of Kinda High's products are crafted with terpenes in mind, with over ten naturally sourced terpenes that work together to place you in your desired mood.

Relieve - A proprietary formulation of cannabinoids with a hefty dose of CBD to support the easing of pain and inflammation. The top three terpenes in this Geraniol, Citronellol, & Eucalyptol.

Chill - Low concentrations of delta-9 THC and accessory cannabinoids help you rest and relax without the dreaded "couch-lock" of an intense high. Bisabolol, Linalool, & Pinene are three essential terpenes in the Chill blend.

Create- A perfectly formulated blend of accessory cannabinoids to support creative thinking and an uplifting mood. The three primary terpenes in this blend are borneol, beta-caryophyllene, and limonene.

Sleep - During our discovery period, we found that roughly 60 million Americans struggle to find a peaceful night's sleep every year. Our data-driven team of researchers have expertly crafted this blend of terpenes and cannabinoids to help support a night of deep, fulfilling rest. Linalool, terpineol, and alpha-bisabolol are the critical components that work together to help you peacefully drift to sleep. 


In Conclusion

Terpenes are powerful molecular compounds with an array of aromas and properties that help to enhance both our minds and bodies. Now that we understand that there is more to explore in the world of Cannabis, more research is needed to help us fully comprehend the vast array of medicinal benefits this plant can provide to us. We believe that there is more to learn every day and are inspired by the possibilities surrounding the science of Cannabis.