From the aroma of flowers and trees in bloom to the taste of the vegetables and fruits you eat, terpenes are the primary organic compound behind the smells and flavors you experience. Terpenes are used by various industries, including cosmetics, food, pharmaceuticals, and tobacco.
Along with all their other uses, terpenes are also being introduced into a varied range of medical and adult-use cannabis preparation across the hemp-CBD markets worldwide, especially in the US, for both functional purposes and flavor. A considerable amount of research has already been conducted to test terpene’s synergistic and therapeutic effects when used with cannabinoids, and the results are promising so far.
Continue reading to find out some of the safest ways to consume terpenes.
Terpenes are mostly consumed orally—either swallowed or chewed. However, modern methods include keeping edibles under the tongue. The practice of consuming terpenes orally has been going on for thousands of years, but this doesn’t make it any safer. FDA recommends that terpenes should never be consumed orally in their concentrated form without being diluted properly. To be certain about the safety of a terpene, always make sure to consult a medical expert or read the instructions on the packaging.
Some terpenes are beneficial when consumed orally. For instance, Linalool prevents liver damage and impacts how other cannabinoids like THC metabolize through your liver’s First-Pass Metabolism. This helps with a longer-lasting and stronger experience.
Topical application of terpenes has also been a common practice throughout history. They have been widely used as one of the main ingredients in soaps, lotions, and cleansing oils. Applying certain terpenes over the skin offers relief from pain, irritation, and itching. For example, Beta-caryophyllene, along with THC, helps alleviate itchiness when applied directly to the skin. However, this is only the case with certain terpenes. Practical application of terpenes over the skin is discouraged as some pure terpenes can be harmful if used on bare skin. Always use eye and skin protection while using terpenes.
Consuming Marijuana Products
Everyone who uses terpenes in marijuana products should remember that they are not water-soluble. However, mixing them with vegetable oil, coconut oil, and glycerin before consuming marijuana products can make them safe.
If you’re a resident of California and are looking to buy premium quality terpenes at an affordable price, we recommend you check out Gold Coast Terpenes. They offer high-quality terpenes in a variety of flavors. If you have any further queries, you can contact them directly.