What are Terpenes and Flavonoids?
What Are Terpenes?
Terpenes are a naturally occurring chemical compound which are found in essential oils in most botanical organisms.
Terpenes are responsible for the smells flavours and rollers and sometimes even colours in many plants.
In the cannabis plant, terpenes give the plant its distinctive taste and smell.
Terpenes in plants help to ensure they are naturally protected from harsh weather and other animals and insects which may prey on them.
In recent times research into cannabis has focused on terpenes as a method of classification for cannabis products and their effects.
Different strains of terpene produce different effects in people when consumed or applied through a CDB product.
The difference in effect is attributed to the main terpene type/profile, or main strain and how it interacts with the cannabinoids, cannabidiol (CBD) and Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC).
Effects of Terpenes on CBD Consumers:
Whilst not commonly known, some terpenes may have a psychoactive effect on the brain.
As a standalone, terpenes are relatively stable, however when associated with THC they can sometimes result in a “high” response in some individuals.
New research indicates that Terpenes (and specific profile) may have a greater effect on the side affects than the THC content of a CBD product.
It is becoming more prevalent that emphasis is placed as much on the Terpene profiles in a product as it is the THC content.
What are Flavonoids?
Flavonoids are contained in the plant and are closely linked to the colour pigmentation for flowers leaves fruits and so forth.
Flavonoids make up 10% of the 200 different biological compounds contained in the plant, therefore they are an important part of the effect of the hemp plant. Most prevalently, flavonoids are useful for their antioxidant qualities.