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Spirit of the Hemp - The Terpene Connection

Published on 5th June 2018

Most of us are familiar with essential oils. You have likely enjoyed the smell of lavender, sage or eucalyptus essential oil.

The main therapeutic agent in essential oils are the terpenes.

"Terpenes are the life force, the quintessential 5th element or the spirit of the plant." – Dr Ethan Russo 

They are delicate, organic compounds, known as phytochemicals or metabolites.

Terpenes are well known for giving the plant, its unique aroma signature. These essences activate the olfactory system, which when inhaled can send messages to the limbic system of your brain, resulting in a cascading effect of positive benefits.

These fragrances may release stored memories, change your mood, calm you down in stressful times, among other physiological and physical benefits.

Dr Ethan Russo, Neurologist and Medical Scientist, suggests that “terpenes are potent agents for animal and human behaviour transformation when inhaled at ambient air level serums. 

Russo mentions that terpenes are a crucial aspect of the entourage effect that is a significant component of the therapeutic qualities of the cannabis plant.

Terpenes are foundational components of a thriving eco-system and optimal human health.

Aromatic Hemp Terpenes Distillate also is known as "Holy (Oil) Water", is by far the most precious of all legal cannabis derivatives. It takes 100g to 5kg of aerial parts to create just 1g of the sacred nectar (approximately 1ml).

Most CO2 extracted CBD oils and concentrates contain Terpenes and will be labelled as such, however, some Terpenes are always lost in the extraction process no matter which CO2 extracted brand you choose.  This is because the plant matter must be dried for the CO2 extraction process.

Spirit of Hemp offers a  Raw Whole Plant Extract which already does contains a good number of Terpenes as our CBD is CO2 extracted as all the good brands are, however, we then make our product extra special as we blend in more Terpenes from the Essential oil of Cannabis to replace Terpenes that are lost in the CO2 extraction process and thus we enhance the entourage effect. We are finding people most certainly do notice the difference with our "Life Force' terpene rich formula.

THE ENTOURAGE EFFECT

Terpenes are recognised as synergistic compounds that contribute to a complex phytocannabinoid environment. Terpenes work with CBD, CBDA, THC, THCA and other cannabinoids, creating a union of compounds that achieve better results as a group than they would in isolation.

This theory is known as “the entourage effect,” postulating the necessity of keeping the integrity of the natural cannabis building blocks. The results of cannabis as a health supplement are best experienced when administered as whole plant therapies that feature more than just cannabinoids. When culled in high concentrations, terpenes can be harvested as essential oils that are used widely in dietary health and wellness supplements.

As far as we know, we are the only UK company offering this unique blend and we sincerely believe you will experience a positive difference.

Experience the "Life Force" - Terpene difference.