Terpenes for energy & focus
Terpenes have been studied for a variety of therapeutic values. While their physiological effects can vary, most can be categorized as either stimulants or sedatives. In this article, we’ll take a deeper look into three botanical and cannabis terpenes that are known to act as stimulants and support memory, focus, and energy.
What are terpenes used for?
Terpenes are aromatic hydrocarbons derived from plants. They are a primary ingredient in essential oils. In nature, plants release these terpenes in the form of aerosols to attract pollinators or detract those who wish to harm them, herbivores mostly.
Terpenes have been useful in nature and to humans for hundreds of years, but with the legalization of cannabis, there has been a dramatic increase in the desire to isolate and refine specific terpenes known to have uniquely desired effects on the human body.
Whether you are looking to manufacture a product with terpenes that target physiological effects or find a cannabis strain or product with certain terpene profiles that yield the desired effect, the following will help allow you to make more informed decisions on three terpenes known to act like stimulants.
Alpha Pinene is the most commonly found terpene in nature. Mostly related to pine and conifer trees, rosemary and orange peels, it is often described to have a sharp, but sweet fresh piney scent. Outside of a-pinene being an enhancer of CBD, it has been shown to improve cognitive function and memory, increase focus and alertness, and reduce anxiety. While more studies are needed, a-pinene is showing promising effects for those suffering from memory loss and other neurodegenerative diseases.
You can find this terpene in popular cannabis strains such as Jack Herer, Dutch Treat, OG Kush, Blue Dream, ChemDawg, Trainwreck, Romulan, Island Sweet Skunk, Strawberry Cough and Bubba Kush.
Limonene is a terpene found in high concentrations in citrus fruits, although it can also be found in pine, rosemary, mint, fennel, and juniper. It will have a pungent citrusy, bitter odor, and flavor. Historically Limonene has been used in perfumes, household cleaners, food, and medicines generally due to its very low toxicity. Studies have shown promising links to Limonene’s ability to elevate one’s mood and relieve stress, in turn, supporting an increase in energy levels.
Limonene is one of the most abundant terpenes found in cannabis. Some of the many strains containing this terpene include Cookies and Cream, Dirty Girl, Lemon G, Liberty Haze, Emerald Jack and Shining Silver Haze.
Beta Caryophyllene is another widely used terpene with a distinct flavor and aroma that contributes to the spiciness of black pepper. This terpene is also found in basil, black caraway, oregano, lavender, allspice, fig, chamomile, hops, cinnamon, and rosemary. Since B-caryophyllene is so common in foods it is one of the few terpenes that the FDA recognizes as “safe” to consume in large doses. B-caryophyllene has been shown to enhance focus and mood.
The cannabis strains most commonly linked to b-caryophyllene are Royal Cookies, White Widow, Death Star, Blueberry Cheesecake, Candyland, GG4 and Purple Punch.
Wholesale therapeutic terpene blends
At Lab Effects, we extract and isolate each unique terpene and reconstruct the component parts to the exact ratios we choose. We then combine complimentary terpenes based on knowledge of their physiological effects. This allows us to further boost and control the desired therapeutic value of a product when formulating.
We offer several customized terpene blends. Our ‘Focus/Active/ADHD’ blended formula is formulated to support a calming energy. Users report a reduction of anxiety and increased alertness.
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