When selecting a CBD product for your pet, should one consider terpenes listed in the certificate of analysis (COA)? Why terpenes matter when reviewing a pet CBD product we are going to review this. #terpenesmatter
What are terpenes
Simply put, terpenes are the compounds that create flavor and aroma. For instance, lavender is produced by the terpene linalool, creating relaxation and ease. Terpenes are found in fruits, vegetables, and the cannabis plant.
As it stands today, there are over 20,000 different terpenes and the cannabis plant has over 100. The terpenes found in the cannabis plant are directly responsible for the aroma. Additionally, no two terpenes yield the same result; one terpene may give you energy, while another may produce a very relaxed state.
Terpenes provide an entourage effect
We asked earlier, does it matter if terpenes are present in a CBD product? The short answer is yes; when terpenes are present in a CBD product, an entourage effect will happen.
The entourage effect in simplest terms means that cannabinoids such as THC and CBD, along with the terpenes, work together to deliver optimal results. Basically, the whole plant is being used to deliver the best results vs. a single compound (CBD or THC).
Benefits of terpenes
As mentioned above, when a CBD product has CBD-THC plus terpenes, the whole plant is being used, all of which will provide therapeutic benefits in a CBD treatment plan for your pet.
The role of terpenes can help reduce inflammation, anxiety, pain. There are terpenes that have properties that will increase energy, reduce tumors, and antibacterial.
Here are the terpenes found within the cannabis plant and their benefits
Linalool: found in lavender, linalool helps provide anxiety relief, sedation, and pain relief.
Myrcene: found in mango, lemongrass, thyme, and hops. Myrcene helps provide muscle tension relief, anti-inflammation and produces a soothing effect.
Limonene: found in fruit rinds and peppermint. Limonene can be used to treat gastrointestinal complications, heartburn, and depression. It acts as an antifungal, anti-bacterial, anti-carcinogen, dissolves gallstones, and enhances mood.
Pinene: found in pine needles, rosemary, basil, parsley, and dill. Pinene is useful for alertness, memory retention, antiseptic, and counteracts some THC effects.
Caryophyllene: found in black pepper, cloves, and cotton. Caryophyllene is a gastroprotective and has anti-inflammatory properties
You may be considering beginning CBD treatment for your pet, when selecting a product, ask to see their COA. The COA should highlight a terpene report, this will add validity if the product is being marketed as "full spectrum". If a product does not offer a full COA, move on as you want to ensure the product you give to your pet is of integrity.
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