CBD’s Minor Cannabinoids & Terpene Blends

“Science Made Simple” By Rebekah Fernandez I

n this amazing world of CBD there has been much talk of our bodies and the wonders of our very own Endocan- nabinoid System including how receptors in this system interact with Cannabidiol (CBD). While there are more exciting possibilities to continue exploring in these US-Industrial Hemp oil extracts, being a plant-science company places this in a higher category of knowledge.

Here, the Florida-based plant-science

company, SunFlora breaks down some of the science involved with their popular brand, SunMed found exclusively in over 600 Your CBD Stores nationwide locations. Many companies in the industry are mainly focused on CBD in broad or full spectrum. Few companies are focusing on the best ways to create more synergy with terpene and carrier oil combinations or even minor cannabinoid dominant formulas for spe- cific situations. Synergy, comes from the Greek word “synegros”, meaning “work- ing together”. With synergistic qualities in mind, the blending of these extracts and compounds working together could be just what is needed for nighttime, daytime, or even stubborn inflammation, just to name a few.

What are Monoterpenes?

Monoterpenes are compounds found in essential oils extracted from plants, including fruits, vegetables, spices, and herbs. For example, the main monoter- pene in lime and orange essential oils is Limonene, which contributes to the flavor and aroma of citrus fruits. When CBD supplements contain a larger percent of the terpene limonene, you are in for an im- mediate refreshing kick! Since this terpene is energizing and promotes positive mood, much of our daytime becomes easier. In general, terpenes are highly aromatic compounds in the natural world. Some may even act on our body’s endocannabi-

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noid system similarly to cannabinoids. The difference is that the body absorbs and uses these compounds in different ways.

What is CBN?

Cannabinol (CBN) is one compound that we produce ourselves, however, the vast majority do not produce nearly enough, which amongst other things causes difficulty in achieving the necessary stages of sleep. Looking into essential oils as a way to boost terpene profiles towards a de- sired effect, both lavender and valerian root for example, provide a significant amount of Linalool, a terpene found in over 200 species of plants around the world. Lin- alool is high in the terpene profile of sev- eral Indica strains of the cannabis plant as well. Studies have also identified lavender and valerian root as calming aids great for occasional use as they both promote sleep and relaxation, making a blend like this a perfect way toward better nights.

Carrier Oils In terms of carrier oils, let’s not forget

medium chain triglycerides (MCT). These are small fat molecules within fractionated coconut oil that assist with delivery and reproducible dosing. That is why quality CBD blends contain MCT as their carrier oil of choice.

Going Green Going green has a different meaning

with USDA-Certified Organic CBD supple- ments! What is the big deal? Well, first things first; “Going green” in this context does not mean what you think. Top quality extraction processes retain more of the plant which contains more compounds as well, such as chlorophyll. Chlorophyll is a green molecule found in plants that absorbs sunlight during photosynthesis and converts it into energy. When a properly sourced and extracted hemp oil is green in this way, going green, means MORE...of the plant.

In terms of USDA-Organic Certified

hemp oil extract, very few CBD companies have entered this realm. Extracts that are Non-GMO and crafted from organically grown hemp farmed in the USA are the best start to decent quality and standards. The decision to use full guidance and work alongside the US Department of Agricul- ture could be based on a desire to support the cycling of on-farm resources and assist in promoting ecological balances while conserving biodiversity. That being said, some companies may choose to stop here rather than undergo the year-long process of becoming USDA-Organic Certified. Those who proudly bear the symbol of USDA-Organic Certification reflect the highest standards.

Requirements and standards for this certification are rigorous, with an em- phasis on crop and handling standards. The USDA-Organic certification serves as a reassurance that the land used to har- vest all ingredients has had no prohibited substances applied in the last 3 years. This further ensures that soil fertility and crop nutrients have been managed through till- age, cultivation practices and cover crops supplemented by animal crop waste. In addition, this confirms that crop pests, weeds and diseases have been controlled through physical, mechanical and biologi- cal control practices. Finally, certification means that the production process does not make use of genetic engineering, ionizing radiation and sewage sludge. Knowing this makes being USDA-Organic certified mean so much more.

Submitted by Rebekah Fernandez, Manager & Endocannabinoid System (ECS) Educator of Your CBD Store at 59 Tolland Turnpike in Manchester Facebook: @yourcbdstoremanchesterct 860.791.8368 See ad on page 13.

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