FAQ

What are terpenes?
What are terpenes used for?
What are Cannabis terpenes and the “Entourage Effect”?
Where do our terpenes come from?
How are terpenes used?
Why to use terpenes in CBD oil?
Are terpenes legal?
What are terpenes?

Terpenes are naturally occurring organic molecules which account for the flavor and fragrance of plants.Terpenes are responsible for the unique and familiar aroma of most herbs that are used for cooking such as Basil, Thyme, Mint, Black Pepper, Dill, Parsley, Lemongrass and more.

What are terpenes used for?

Being recognized as safe to use, terpenes due to their strong scent and taste are used worldwide as a flavoring and fragrance material in the food and perfume industry.Terpenes are constantly being added to ice creams, cookies, candies, beverage and basic foods to deliver their unique rich aroma and taste for consumer experience.

Moreover, terpenes are believed to have a wide range of health benefits, chief among them sedation, pain relief, anti-spasm, anti-convulsant, anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, anti-bacterial, anti-fungal, reducing blood sugar and reducing cholesterol. In most cases,for medicinal purposes,they are delivered via inhalation due to their strong volatile characteristic (aromatherapy) but can also be delivered via oral consumption through pills or tinctures.

What are Cannabis terpenes and the “Entourage Effect”?

Cannabis is characterized with over 200 different terpenes which are produced alongside cannabinoids in the trichomes of the plant (Sticky and shiny glands located on top of the flowers and use as the plant factory for the production of its active compounds).

Years of research have defined cannabinoids (CBD and THC) as the major factors that delivers the medicinal and recreational effects of the plant via stimulation of the endocannabinoid system of our body. However, recently it became clearer that pure stimulation of our endocannabinoid system by those two moleculesis not enough to achieve maximal medicinal or recreational effects and that other factors are involved. These factors belong to the other phytochemicals of the plant such as the terpenes. 

The Entourage Effect is defined by a superior outcome of two or more molecules which is greater than their sum.Terpenes and Cannabinoids produce a much greater outcome than the outcome achieved by each one as an independent molecule.

While Cannabinoids mostly stimulate the endocannabinoid system, terpenes synergize cannabinoids activity by stimulating parallel or complementary mechanisms (The multi target effect). For example, while CBD and THC activate the endocannabinoid system for sedation, the terpenes Linalool and Myrcene will increase this sedation by activating other parallel or complementary sedative mechanisms.

Moreover, terpenes have dramatic effect on the medicinal and recreational specificity of different Cannabis strains.Evidence from Cannabis consumers clearly show that a specific Cannabis strain with a certain cannabinoid profile may be highly effective against pain relief while another strain, which has similar cannabinoid profile, may be more efficient to treat anxiety. This inconsistency of two plants sharing similar cannabinoid level may be partially explained by their different terpenoid proportion and profile. For more details please visit our “Flavor, Fragrance and beyond” page of our website. 

Where do our terpenes come from?

Different botanical species share similar genetic code for the expression of phytochemicals such as the terpenes. For example, Limonene, which is responsible for the citrus aroma of oranges, is a type of terpene, that is genetically coded to be highly expressed by oranges peels. Cannabis strains, that are characterized with a citrus aroma, carries the same genetic code for the same Limonene which is expressed to a lesser extent and together with other terpenes creates a concert of citrusy aroma.

Orange peels are used as a botanical source for the same Limonene exist also in Cannabis plant. This Limonene is Isolated from oranges peels by using a multi-step distillation and green purification processes creating a purified limonene isolate.

Limonen Isolate along with other botanical isolated terpenes are used to create our Cannabis derived profiles. Each botanical isolate enters in to a strict quality control process to confirm its Identity and level of purity before formulated in to our final products.

How are terpenes used?

Terpenes, resembling essential oils, can be added to diffusers for aromatherapy, topical creams, ointments, lotions, plant extracts for vaping, electronic liquids and tinctures.The recommended concentration of use is 1-3% by volume depending on the application (topical, vaping or tincture).

Terpenes in their concentrated form are highly potent and should NEVER be used ASIS for any application.

Terpenes are an oil soluble organic compounds and therefore can be easily diluted in vegetable oils such as olive oil, hemp oil, Jojoba oil, MCT oil and also in alcoholic carriers such as food grade ethanol or propylene glycol.

Our terpenes are food grade and completely safe to consume orally. Yet, in regarding to edible/beverage use,we recommend following your local regulatory and legislative instructions for flavor and fragrance use in food. 

Terpenes must be handled with care. Always consult the MSDS (Material Safety & Data Sheets) before using and working with terpenes. The MSDS contains all the information you need to know including personal protective equipment, hazardous and preventive statements, etc.

Why to use terpenes in CBD oil?

Terpenes are aromatic molecules that provide the unique and diverse aroma of Cannabis plants. Terpenes are produced alongside cannabinoids in the trichomes of the plant (Sticky and shiny glands located on top of the flowers and use as the plant factory for the production of its active compounds).

CBD oil purification is generally causes a massive loss of the terpenoid fraction. Therefore, adding back the lost terpenes refines the CBD oil with a rich and unparalleled flavoring experience of Cannabis plant. Moreover, terpenes and Cannabinoids work in an entourage effect. Adding them in to your CBD oil might significantly boost the effect you are seeking to achieve. One could choose his terpene blend for most powerful entourage effect.For more information please visit our “Flavor, Fragrance and beyond…” page of our website.

Are terpenes legal?

Certainly, terpenes from non-cannabis plants are unquestionably legal. However, the real issue is the legality of terpenes derived from the original cannabis plant. This is related to the legal status of Cannabis in your country.  In some states, Cannabis is legal, therefore, it is legal to use cannabis-derived terpenes as an additive to your product. 

The FDA has decided that terpenes are safe for human consumption, which means that they are federally legal in the United States and all over the world. However, we recommend to consult your local legal council before using cannabis derived terpenes. Using our terpenes, which are produced from sources other than Cannabis, is completely legal.  

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