Understanding Terpenes And The Difference Between CBD Isolate vs. Terpsolate
For many people, the word “terpene” is an unfamiliar and strange term. As science and technology advances and helps us better understand hemp and cannabis, we’re beginning to realize that there’s a lot more to the plants than just the cannabinoid content. The hemp plant is loaded with various components, including cannabis-derived terpenes. So what are Terpenes? They are the molecules that give different plants their unique aromas, as well as their varying effects.
Terpenes aren’t just found in the hemp plant. In fact, some of the exact same terpenes that are found in hemp plants are also found in common household plants. A great example of this is with limonene: this is the terpene that gives cannabis it’s citrusy scent. And as you probably guessed, limonene is also found in lemons. The smell of the hemp plant varies from a musk to a fresh pine scent, which is directly due to cannabis-derived terpenes. Beyond just the aroma, the terpenes play a role in the effects of the plant. For instance, a plant that contains limonene may help to reduce anxiety and nausea while improving a user’s mood. Like cannabinoids, terpenes bind to receptors in the brain and give rise to various effects, and can be used with other cannabinoids such as CBD and THC.
Cannabis-Derived vs. Synthetic Terpenes
It’s important to note that there is a difference in natural and synthetic varieties of terps. With the explosion of the cannabinoid industry, it’s easy to imagine that people would begin to create synthetic and less than natural terpenes as happens with most products. In case you’re wondering, it’s recommended to stick to natural terpenes, specifically those that are cannabis-derived.
It’s important to note that cannabis-derived terpenes are non-psychoactive aromatic compounds.
Think about natural and synthetic terps like organic and non-organic, or something like a real banana compared to banana flavoring used in candy or drinks. Cannabis-derived terpenes are extracted straight from the source. This is the best way to ensure that all of the properties of the terps are intact and can be used for benefit. There are a variety of extraction methods to get the terps out, but ultimately it depends on the plant’s makeup and chemical properties.
Synthetic terpenes, on the other hand, are produced in a lab by chemical manipulation and blending of substances such as artificial blends of natural botanicals. This is similar to designing the terpene the way you want, usually to create ‘cannabis’ terpenes rather than extracting it. The problem is, as more research is put into these synthetic terps, the more health risks are being revealed. These creations use reproduced chemicals to recreate some naturally occurring properties as well, which is why we suggest staying away from them.
There are many different ways to get the benefits of terps, from gum, to essential oils, and all the way to vaporization. Thanks to the ingenuity of the hemp and cannabis industries, we are now able to combine the effects of CBD isolate with cannabis-derived terpenes as a way to combine both the flavor and medicinal benefits of both.
Despite the clinical sounding name, terpsolate is nothing more than a CBD product that seeks to combine the advantages of CBD isolate with the usefulness and effectiveness of terpenes, all into one usable product without the worry of ingesting THC.
If you’re interested in trying or purchasing Terpsolate, it’s important to check what is in the product. Very few companies (if any) use actual cannabis-derived terpenes; most use synthetic blends.
We source our terps from the company Blue River Terps, a highly renowned terpene company. They actually just placed 1st in the High Times cannabis cup for the non-solvent category of concentrates. Our products are all Cannverified to ensure people looking for Blue River Terps are actually getting that.