Let’s take some time today to talk about a powerful group of compounds that are abundant in the hemp plant.  Terpenes are the fragrant and flavorful components that give each strain such a distinctive smell.  And they are not unique to hemp.  Terpenes are responsible for the fragrance in every plant, including the citrus note in lemons, the floral smell of lavender, and the pungent smell of herbs such as oregano and basil.  Each one has unique therapeutic qualities, which is one of the main reasons why each hemp strain has characteristic effects.  Terpenes are also an important component of what is considered the “entourage effect”, which basically means that there are a suite of compounds in the plant that produce an effect in the body that is more impactful and pronounced than consuming just an isolated compound, such as CBD on its own.  

There are over 200 different terpenes that are found in the hemp plant and these same terpenes are found in a range of other plants, although not in the same unique arrangements.  Each one imparts a unique flavor profile and a unique action in the body.  Below are some of our favorites:

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  • Myrcene: an earthy, musky terpene that is known to support relaxation and sedation.
  • Linalool: a floral terpene that is known to support relaxation and boost your mood.
  • Limonene: a citrusy terpene that is uplifting and supportive of mental clarity.
  • Humulene: a spicy, woody aroma that is sedating and anti-inflammatory.
  • Beta-caryophyllene: spicy-sweet and anti-inflammatory.

At Humboldt Apothecary, we seek to make great products from whole plant ingredients.  And when it comes to making products from hemp, the terpenes are an important part of the magic.   And that’s why you will find a suite of terpenes added to your CBD tinctures.  

Our Hemp CBD tincture contains Linalool, Limonene, and Beta-caryophyllene to deliver a euphoric, creative, and carefree experience for the user, while supporting enhanced physical comfort and a reduction in inflammation.  Our Hemp CBD PM has CBN, a minor cannabinoid to help support restful sleep, as well as a range of sedating terpenes that include Linalool, Humulene, Myrcene, and Beta-caryophyllene.  These products are both a great addition to your home medicine cabinet and an easy way to support vibrant health on the daily.