What’s a Terpene? And Why Does Kill Cliff Keep Them in the Mix? - Kill Cliff

What’s a Terpene? And Why Does Kill Cliff Keep Them in the Mix?

What are terpenes?

Terpenes are natural aromatic oil compounds found in many plants all around the world. Simply put, they give plants their vibrant smell and are a feast for our senses. 

Pine, lavender, grass, herbs, fresh fruit peel are some examples of the lusciously inviting smells we’re talking about. According to science, terpenes act as a natural pesticide and protect the plants from animal grazing or infectious germs. Some terpenes can even help repair a plant after it’s been damaged.

There are hundreds of different terpenes, however researchers have only studied a handful.

How can terpenes help me?

Ever heard of aromatherapy? It’s been used for centuries because of its holistic, natural effect.  

Aromatherapy is basically using terpenes for health benefits. Inhaling scents from some plants and essential oils can affect a person’s mood and stress levels by indirectly increasing dopamine levels. (Research has yet to confirm whether these effects are clinically significant.)

Terpenes are the reason that essential oils have a strong scent. Lavender is often used to help people relax and get a better sleep, citrus oil can help you feel more awake and alert. Different smells for different scenarios. You get the idea.

Powerful terpenes, like peppermint, can help with physical ailments. Peppermint oil applied to muscles can reduce soreness. 

What’s this got to do with Kill Cliff?

There is an abundance of terpenes in hemp; Kill Cliff’s line of CBD drinks are careful to keep the terpenes in during processing. This is good because terpenes can enhance the effects of CBD through the “entourage effect.” Sometimes hemp companies separate and then reintroduce terpenes to the end product to create different rations and make a broad-spectrum product. 

Terpenes vs cannabinoids

Sometimes terpenes are confused with cannabinoids. But terpenes include only aromatic compounds that give plants their distinct scents. Cannabinoids are compounds that act on your endocannabinoid system and produce mood-altering or physical effects. While both affect the human body, the body reacts differently to each one. 

Here are some of the most popular terpenes:

Limonene: brings the fragrances of citrus fruits such as lemon, lime, and orange. Limonene has energizing, stress-relieving, and anti-fungal properties.

Pinene: is found in pine needles and a selection of citrus fruits. It’s anti-inflammatory and antibacterial and can have an awakening or brightening feeling and increase mental alertness.

Myrcene: has an earthy and fruity fragrance and is found in mango. It can make it easier for cannabinoids to penetrate the brain, increasing potency. It also acts as a muscle relaxant and may reduce pain.

What do Kill Cliff’s terpenes do?

Kill Cliff offers CBD oil from broad-spectrum hemp that contains natural terpenes to tingle your senses. Here at Kill Cliff we keep natural terpenes in our drinks for peak flavor and aroma. 

Kill Cliff’s CBD hemp infused drinks with terpenes include Orange Kush, Mango Tango, Flaming Joe’s Spicy Pineapple, Strawberry and The G.O.A.T. 

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