Essential oils and Hemp Cannabis share phytochemicals called Terpenes. In Aromatherapy we generally speak to Essential Oils but when it comes to Cannabis, it is all about the Terpenes!
what's a terpene?
These small molecules are found in the essential oils secreted from the trichromes on the Hemp Cannabis plant. Trichomes are microscopic,mushroom-like glands found on the bud that ooze terpene-rich oil with a distinct aromatic profile and effect. There are over 200 cannabis terpenes, all uniquely scented and distinctly beneficial. They fight infections, reduce pain,calm anxiety, promote sleep, nourish skin cells and so much more. Hemp & Terpene infused aromatherapy is packed with benefits helping you feel calm, clear, focused, sensual and energized. Learn more in our blog section.
hemp vs cannabis
HEMP VS MARIJUANA
Cannabis has two species, Hemp and Marijuana. Both species come from the cannabis sativa family, but due to each plant’s genetics, they have several distinct differences in growing habits, appearance and active chemical constitiuents.
Hemp Seed Oil
Produced by cold pressing hemp seeds
No THC and low CBD
Primarily used for nutritional, topical and industrial uses such as building and packaging materials.
Contains hydrating omega-3, 6 & 9 fatty acids that are easily absorbed by the skin and won’t clog pores. Also contains powerful amino acids and linoleic acid that plump up fine lines and erase signs of aging.
Products made from hemp include Cannabidiol (“CBD”) oil and other phytocannabinoids, terpenes. High CBD, Low THC (<0.3%)
No psychoactive/intoxicating properties (no high) and Federally legal in all 50 states
Products made from marijuana include Tetrahydrocannabinol(“THC”) oil and terpenes.
Low CBD, High THC
Psychoactive/intoxicating effects ( the "high")
Federally illegal (medicaly and recreationally legal in some states).
There are 2 types of cannabinoids
Endocannabinoids, which our body naturally creates,(annandomide-the bliss molecule) phytocannabinoids, which are derived from plants such hemp and cannabis. These molecules promote balance and overall wellness by modulating the communication between the cells of our bodies.
One of many phytocannabinoids found in the Hemp plant. We extract the whole plant to provide the synergy of all components- as Mother Nature intended. Whole plant has minimal to no side effects where as the isolates do interact with a number of medications. Little (<0.3%) to no THC. Could be beneficial to reduce inflammation, improve sleep, symptoms of anxiety, pain and many other health benefits, though more research is needed to substantiate these claims.
endocannabinoid system (ECS)
Our neural network-the largest neurotransmitter system present in brain and body of humans and all other animals. The endocannabinoid system is an avenue that supports intercellular communication. This ECS system was only discovered 10 years ago in the 1990s and is considered essential to your body’s ability to mediate good health, affecting processes such as mood, hormones, memory, sleep, aging, appetite and digestion. ECS’s primary function is to maintain homeostasis or your internal stability, despite the ups and downs that life can throw at us.
The endocannabinoid system is your built-in regulatory system that helps maintain equilibrium (homeostasis) in your mind and body, even when external factors and emotional upsets try to throw you off balance. You’ll find these receptors everywhere in our bodies from the immune system, brain, and central nervous system, to major organs, connective tissues, glands and our olfactory system.
the entourage effect
This is described as the effect that the combination of natural cannabinoids, terpenes and flavonoids from hemp have on one another - creating more synergistic benefits collectively rather than individually.
The olfactory system engages directly with the brain’s limbic system and has the power to influence the body’s neurochemistry and overall health. This access allows aroma blends and terpenes to work as incredible mood-modulators. With a single hit to the olfactory system, they can relax, energize and renew us.
By re-introducing hemp and its powerful phytocannabinoids into our bodies, we aid the body’s neuropathways and cell-to-cell communication. Moreover, hemp seeds are a wonderful source of protein and are rich in Vitamin E, as well as Omega-3 and Omega-6 Fatty acids. Not a bad ingredient to add to your morning oatmeal!
the nose knows
what's smell got to do with it?
Your French Vanilla candle might stink to someone else, but your nose chose the distinct aroma because it made you FEEL GOOD, RIGHT? Hemp Cannabis is the same-sort of. Aromatic Terpenes give each strain a signature scent, which, like your candle, elicits a powerful response. They are also responsible for the plant's medicinal properties, so once your nose knows the terpene scents, it can guide you to the best buds to help you heal.