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Like most extracted essential oils, terpenes are common sources of fragrances and flavorings which are naturally occurring in nature. Terpenes have been used for many years to naturally enhance the aroma and flavor of tinctures, foods, and even cosmetics.
What are Terpenes?
Terpenes are the primary compounds found in a wide variety of essential oils which can be extracted from flowers and plants. Essential oils are commonly used as fragrance and flavor enhancers in fermentation, in household cleaning products, beauty products, and in aromatherapy. Research into terpenes has concluded that they make up part of the important molecular building blocks of complex plants, pigments, molecules, sterols, and are even in cannabinoids.
How are Terpenes Produced?
Many terpenes are produced naturally in the wild and can be produced by a wide variety of plants, including most conifers (cone-bearing seed plants such as pine trees). In nature, terpenes are produced to act as a natural deterrent for herbivores. The terpenes, which are excreted from the plants and can sometimes be carried via insects, attract predators and parasites that prey on herbivores, helping keep the plant safe.
How are Terpenes Extracted?
Like many of our distilled extracts, our natural botanical terpenes are extracted using steam distillation. Steam distillation is the preferred extraction method of terpenes because it draws the terpenes out using a non-invasive method which does not damage the organic plant matter during the extraction process. Once terpenes have been extracted they have an appearance much like that of pure alcohol: they are often clear in appearance, emit powerful and noticeable scents, and must be stored in airtight containers or they will evaporate.
Types of Terpenes for Use with Cannabis and E-Cigarettes
Many people who purchase medical-grade cannabis, or who smoke e-cigarettes, seek out terpenes due to their pungent odor and calming effects. Below are some of the most common kinds of terpenes which are used for e-juice and to give different strains of medical cannabis distinctive flavors:
Aroma: Spicy, woody, peppery Found in: Cloves, black pepper, cotton Effects: None Medical effects: Anti-inflammatory, gastroprotective qualities
Alpha-Pinene and Beta-Pinene
Aroma: Pine Found in: Pine needles, basil, parsley, dill, rosemary Effects: Increases alertness and memory retention. May counteract some effects of THC. Medical effects: Helps with asthma and can be used as an antiseptic
Aroma: Citrus Found in: Peppermint, juniper, rosemary, and fruit rinds Effects: Stress relief, improved mood Medical effects: Anti-fungal, anti-bacterial
Aroma: Earthy, musky, and herbal. Often has hints of tropical fruit and citrus. Found in: Lemongrass, hops, mango, and thyme Effects: Relaxing, sedating Medical effects: Antioxidant effects. Good for muscle tension, reducing inflammation, and combating sleeplessness For more information about natural botanical terpenes, contact Extractz at (440) 367 - 8086.