Cannabinoids such as THC and CBD get a lot of attention. But there is a reason why some topical manufacturers are now promoting the term “terpene-rich”. Cannabis topicals that are rich in terpenes are proving to be not only more easily absorbed into the skin, they are also exhibiting other perks that you should definitely know more about.
What Are Terpenes & Why Do They Matter
Terpenes are compounds that give cannabis and other plants their unique aromatic properties. However these compounds also carry with them their own set of therapeutic benefits.
There are over 100 known terpenes present in Cannabis, with each individual strain containing it’s own unique terpene profile. Many of these terpenes, such as linalool and myrcene, contain properties that can help you manage symptoms of pain and inflammation.
Furthermore, terpenes work synergistically with other compounds found in cannabis. This synergistic relationship results in what is known as the entourage effect. The entourage effect is essentially an enhancement of the therapeutic benefits of the individual compounds found in cannabis. In other words, terpenes and cannabinoids are more effective together than they are alone.
Terpenes In Topicals
Studies have shown that terpenes are powerful transdermal penetration enhancers. Terpenes are able to increase skin permeation by interacting with the lipids and/or keratin in the outer layer of the skin, increasing the solubility of compounds such as cannabinoids. Some terpenes, like limonene, even aid in the absorption of other terpenes!
There is an abundant distribution of cannabinoid receptors on skin and subcutaneous tissue. While cannabinoids such as CBD & THC have the ability to bind to these receptors, terpenes themselves have this ability as well, thus helping CBD & THC penetrate the skin barrier more quickly, further enhancing the beneficial effects of these compounds.
Terpene-Rich Cannabis Topicals Oregon
Canna-Fusion is a producer of some of the most terpene-rich topicals Oregon has to offer. These topicals capture the therapeutic effect of the whole plant by using full spectrum Cannabis extracts from Southern Oregon. Not only do they contain THC, THCV, CBD, CBG, CBGA, CBDA, and CBC, but also high levels of naturally occurring terpenes.
Canna-Fusion’s cannabinoid and terpene rich topicals are easily absorbed into the skin for quick relief without a psychoactive effect. Available in several unique formulas with a variety of THC:CBD ratios, Canna-Fusion topicals can be found at dispensaries throughout Oregon.