Terpenes are a large and diverse class of organic, aromatic compounds that are volatile and evaporate easily (hence why they have a smell that seems to linger in the air around it) produced by a variety of plants and by some insects. They are also found in foods, with examples being the aroma of citrus, cinnamon and many other spices is characterized by several terpenes.
They typically contain either ten or fifteen carbon atoms built from a five-carbon building block called isoprene. Because they share the same isoprene molecule as their foundation, terpenes are further categorized based on how many terpene units they include. The “base” of this system is a two-isoprene unit, so monoterpenes have ten carbons. Monoterpenes have 10 carbons, sesquiterpenes have 15 carbon chains, Diterpenes have 20 carbon chains, and so on.
As discussed in our previous article Full spectrum vs. Isolate the entourage effect has been shown to be a major player to keep in mind when deciding to go for CBD-only or full-spectrum products. The good news is that even if you decide that CBD isolate is the best fit for your current needs, terpenes
can still help to enhance the medicinal properties along with adding a relaxing aroma therapeutic aspect to the mix.
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