You already know what Terpenes are because you’ve experienced them all your life.
Terpenes are naturally-occurring organic compounds found in the oils of plants. They are responsible for the citrusy smell of an orange, the fresh scent of pine and the relaxing effects of lavender.
They are the chemicals that determine how things smell.
They are also one of the critical ‘biosynthetic building blocks’ necessary for our well-being.
Terpenes bind to receptors in our brains giving rise to therapeutic effects – like the relaxing sensations of lavender – because of their interactions with something called the Endocannabinoid System.
This system is our most complex neuro-transmitter network and is responsible for keeping our other internal systems in check against external factors, like stress, that throw our bodies out of balance.
The naturally occurring properties of Terpenes work with this Endocannabinoid System to help restore this balance. In short, one of their benefits is that they may assist in alleviating feelings of stress, anxiety, insomnia and even muscular pain.
An extensive study conducted in the United Kingdom in 2011 and published in the British Journal of Pharmacology discussed the wide-ranging therapeutic attributes of Terpenes. You can read that study here.
It is not such a huge leap of faith to imagine that feelings of stress, worry and anxiety can be remedied with a naturally-occurring, plant-based product that our bodies have evolved to work harmoniously with.
Exercise, eating chocolate – even sex – do exactly the same thing; they adjust the balance of chemicals in the brain by releasing hormones like serotonin and dopamine that make us ‘feel good’.
Terpenes work in the same way. They have the potential to assist in restoring our internal system to a state of homeostasis – balance.
The Entourage Effect
The Entourage Effect refers to the synergy of common well-known cannabinoids.
These organic compounds are naturally found in plants and combining their properties may have a therapeutic effect on an individual’s Endocannabinoid System.
This Entourage Effect is what is responsible for giving you the munchies or suppressing your appetite. Leaving you feeling energised, or unable to get up off the couch. They affect people differently.
Terpenes can intensify or diminish these effects. This synergy impacts on our neurological and physiological systems, and is greater than the sum of the individual compounds themselves.
The end result of all this is that Terpenes show potential to assist in the treatment of many debilitating physiological and psychological conditions such as stress, anxiety, depression, mania, muscle pain, nerve pain, inflammation, poor immunity, bacterial infections, seizures and even malignant cell growths.
It is a shocking – and heartbreaking – statistic that suicide is the leading cause of death for Australians aged between 15 and 44. For every death by suicide, it is estimated that as many as 30 people attempt to end their own lives. That is approximately 65,300 suicide attempts each year in Australia.
Mental illness was for many years a taboo subject and was not discussed in an open forum. This is now changing, and the role the brain’s chemical balance – or imbalance – can play on a person’s general well-being is now becoming widely accepted.
At Primal Organix, we know how important it is to have an open dialogue on mental health and we are proud to acknowledge “Headspace” as our social charity.
$2 from every one of our sales goes directly to helping the wonderful people at Headspace who work tirelessly everyday with individuals suffering with suicidal thoughts.