Let’s Talk Terpenes!
We are about to get TECHNICAL! As mentioned before in the article "Can Delta-8 Help with Anxiety?", within the world of cannabis, terpenes are the building blocks to the benefits that can be gained from cannabis. Understanding these fundamentals is essential to knowing how using cannabis in its many forms can benefit you. Having the knowledge of what any given terpene can do and the issues you face will help you understand the benefits of your consumption. Here at Str8delta8, we will help educate you about the specifics of the terpenes that most apply to Delta-8, spread out through all the ways that it can be consumed. I hope you’re ready for the ride. Before we get into the deep, understand that this is a highly complex topic that you should do your own personal research on in the event that you are looking for something specific to benefit your health. There is a LOT of range to this conversation about terpenes, but this one will focus more on those found in cannabis and Delta 8.
What is a terpene?
Terpenes, aka terpenoids and isoprenoids, are the largest and most diverse group of naturally occurring compounds primarily found in plants. Want to get deeper? A job of terpenes is to provide the fragrance, taste, and pigment of the plants that they are located in. This serves to defend itself from organisms that might feed on the plant. This means that terpenes can ward off any airborne threats that may impact its survival, predators that may otherwise consume or destroy the plant, and helps it distinguish itself from other plants that may be seen as competition to its effects. Terpenes have a strong history of being recorded as some of the most potent building blocks in the protection of plants, which emphasizes its utility in them. Understanding the importance of terpenes and how limited research has been to cannabis, it’s easy to see how this area is so wide open to how with delta 8 we can begin seeking answers to the questions that cannabis related terpenes can solve.
For the sake of your own personal research, lets talk a little bit about the terpene categories. If you are seeking terpenes that may aid in the destruction of problematic cells, aka apoptosis, you may want to look for hemiterpenes, monoterpenes, sesterterpenes, or polyterpenes. For antimestatic or anti-inflammatory terpenes, you may want to look for sesquiterpenes or triterpenes. If you are looking for antiangiogenesis components of terpenes, diterpenes is where you want to look. There will soon come enough research to help you educate yourself about Delta8 without getting so deep into these components of terpenes. It may not even be fully necessary as it is. But for those of you that want a stronger understanding of the foundations of Delta 8, this information can be helpful.
Terpenes have a number of associated benefits including (but not limited to):
- Being an anticancer agent by impacting different stages of tumor development.
- Having antimicrobial qualities against particular drug-resistant bacteria, antifungal qualities, analgesic, anti-inflammatory, and antiparasitic.