Terpenes Known To Act As Sedatives
In this article, we’ll explore some of the more prominent botanical and cannabis terpenes that are found to have a calming effect and are known to support sleep.
Sleep is undeniably vital to everyone’s health; humans need periods of rest in order to grow muscles, synthesize hormones, repair tissues, and rejuvenate the mind. According to The National Sleep Foundation, adults need 7-9 hours of sleep per night.
Studies have shown that 1 in 3 people suffer from sleepless nights. In fact, the CDC estimates 83 million adults in the U.S. alone are sleep deprived. The nation clearly has a massive sleep deficit that pharmaceuticals and other sleep aids are not adequately addressing.
Although there are over 70 different sleep disorders, they are manifested in two primary categories:
- lack of sleep
- disturbed sleep
Sleep disorders can result from a variety of conditions ranging from mental health issues like anxiety and depression to physical ailments like chronic pain. While the root cause for sleep loss should be discussed with a healthcare professional, studies do indicate that the sedating effects of specific terpenes may aid in better rest.
Cannabis, Terpenes, & Sleep
Research suggests that short-term use of cannabis may have a positive impact on sleep, particularly related to sleep onset latency and slow-wave sleep. While more research is needed, we do know there are two main elements at work behind the relaxation and drowsiness you may feel after consuming cannabis: cannabinoids and terpenes. In this specific post, we’ll explore terpenes known to aid in sleep and support a calm state of being.
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. To manufacture a product geared toward sleep improvement, you may consider the following three terpenes researched specifically for their sedative properties.
Alpha-terpinene (A-terpinene) is known for its smoky, woody scent and is mostly found in allspice, eucalyptus, citrus, juniper, cardamom, and cannabis. A-terpinene has been used to add a pleasant flavor and aroma to a variety of products ranging from cosmetics to pharmaceuticals. It is also found in many botanical essential oils. Studies have shown that A-terpinene has a tranquilizing effect and shows promise for battling insomnia. The calming effect it has on the mind and body has reportedly produced a full night’s rest for many.
Cannabis strains with high concentrations of A-terpinene are Sentinel and Warwick #1.
While over 200 different terpenes can be found in any given cannabis strain, one of the most abundant is myrcene. Myrcene also plays a huge role in the unique aromas of a number of plants including hops, mangoes, and herbs such as basil and lemongrass. Myrcene has been found to help people relax and sleep better, offer relief from pain, and acts as an anti-inflammatory.
You can find myrcene in the cannabis strains Jack Herer, Pink Kush, and Blue Dream.
Although over 200 species of plants produce linalool, it is most commonly known for giving lavender its fragrant, floral aroma. Linalool is also found in mint, cinnamon, rosewood, birch trees and some citrus fruits.This terpene is so widely used in perfumed hygiene products that it’s said 80% of all soaps, shampoos, lotions, and detergents have incorporated this terpene in some way.
As a natural relaxant, linalool is a popular addition to aromatherapy treatment and as a sleep aid, but this is nothing new. The known calming effects of linalool have been utilized for thousands of years in the treatment of anxiety. Linalool not surprisingly makes up a significant portion of lavender essential oil, which is often used as an anti-agitation agent and an antidepressant. We’ve found the sedative benefits of linalool to be most effective when inhaled.
You can find linalool most concentrated in such cannabis strains as Special Kush, Lavender, LA Confidential and OG Shark.
Therapeutic Terpene Blends
At Lab Effects, we combine complementary terpenes based on knowledge of their physiological effects. Our Relax/Sleep Therapeutic Terpene Blend uses pure, natural terpenes known to act as sedatives, and users report a soothing experience that relieves stress and anxiety. When formulated with other cannabinoids, many have reported this blend aids in getting a full night of restful sleep.
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