Ron Goedeke MD, BSc Hons MBChB, FNZCAM
Dr. Ron Goedeke, specializes in alternative and functional medicine and sees huge medical potential in cannabis based extracts such as CBD. With over 20 years of experience in the anti-aging field, Dr Ron Goedeke is recognized as one of New Zealand’s leaders in this new and growing field of medicine.
WHAT ARE THE THERAPEUTIC BENEFITS OF TERPENES?
The cannabis plant consists of a combination of highly therapeutic substances like phytocannabinoids, terpenes and essential oils which can work singly or in synergism (entourage effect) to elicit a wide range of therapeutic activity.
Terpenes are a large, diverse group of organic compounds which are produced by plants and some insects. These chemical compounds (terpenes) have a strong odor and can serve as a protective mechanism for the plant and insects against their predators. Terpenes are also responsible for the pleasant aromas perceived from plants. They often come in handy in fending off predators and scientific research has shown that they can also elicit therapeutic activities like other secondary plant metabolites.
WHAT ARE THE HEALTH BENEFITS OF TERPENES?
Plant metabolites like alkaloids, cannabinoids, terpenes, and essential oils have a long history of being used as therapeutic agents in the prevention and treatment of a wide range of disease conditions. The health benefits of terpenes include but are usually not limited to the following;
1. Boosting emotional well-being:
Terpenes possess great scents which when inhaled can improve well-being. This is mostly associated with the terpene’s ability to elicit a calming and sedative effect which keeps the body relaxed and focused on tasks. It can also trigger the production of feel-good hormones thereby elevating mood, improving alertness and memory retention in users. The benefits of terpenes are best derived when the terpenes rich compound is burned.
The activity of terpenes can boost the brain’s ability to release feel-good hormones and other cognitive responses which serve as pain management mechanisms.
Most cannabis-based terpenes have a long record of serving as anti-inflammatory agents by integrating with CBD and other plant metabolites to limit the growth of pathogenic bacteria cells, boosting the production of immune cells and reducing the spread of inflammations in the body.
4. Neuroprotective agent
Terpenes found in the cannabis plant can elicit a neuroprotective effect (ability to protect and boost the activity of the neurons). This activity comes in handy in improving the functions of neurons in transmitting impulses thereby boosting brain activity.
This describes the ability of a compound to limit the blood supply and growth of tumor cells in the body. Terpenes extracted from the cannabis-plant have been discovered to elicit a high level of anti-tumorigenic activity and can assist cancer patients in limiting the growth and spread of tumors.
HOW DO THEY WORK?
Terpenes are mostly administered by inhaling them, and since the sense of smell or olfactory system is linked with the brain's emotional center, this has succeeded in giving it the chance to elicit positive impacts on our moods. Terpenes can reduce the rate of
inflammation by activating the CB2 receptor of the endocannabinoid system, and modulate brain activities.
Terpenes don’t just smell nice; they give you a chance to improve your overall body health.
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