CV 028 Terpenes do WHAT?

March 12, 2021

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Welcome to the Cannaba Verum podcast, the cannabis truth podcast. I speak the language of cannabis freely and uncensored, while educating my audience on the safe use of this live Plant Therapy. You should know what’s in your cannabis, what’s good and what’s not. It does not come with an FDA stamp of approval yet, using cannabis mindfully, as medication is a different concept in the healthcare philosophy of the past 100 years. There’s a lot to learn and consider cannabis is not dangerous, but it is not harmless, either. This is honey Smith walls, a 21st century cannabis shaman here to explain the language of cannabis in historical, political, and scientific terms, so you can make educated decisions about the medicine you ingest.

Hello my friends,

A lot of conferences labs I attend often center back to the terpene content in cannabis.  With over 400 compounds in the plant, whether it’s hemp or marijuana, it turns out the delicious variety of aroma that comes from cannabis is something we’re already familiar with and used to consuming… we know what lemon tastes like… even to just think about it.  Most of us can conjure up the smell of a pine tree in our thoughts. Or a banana. Or lavender.

All those smells and flavors come from terpenes and when you blend them with cannabinoids, they have an entourage effect, how they play together so nicely. And that is the subject of great study at this time. We’re trying to understand the power of these delicate terpenes on the effect of the cannabis we use.  And guess what? There are a lot of terpenes to figure out. 

I used analyticalcannabis.com to source this terpene information:

“Currently, there are at least 20,000 different terpenes in existence and the cannabis plant has more than 100 of these terpenes. Many terpenes that are produced by the cannabis plant are also found elsewhere in nature. However, there are a few terpenes in high concentration in the cannabis plant.”

Those terpenes make a difference in how you feel from cannabis. Some of those terpenes will make you so relaxed you just want to nap on the couch. Other terpenes will give you clarity or energy or calm. So it pays to notice which terpenes are in your product and their levels or ratio’s. 

Terpenes have been clearly defined already and you know a lot of them from other sources… like lemonine from citrus fruits, and pinene from pine trees.

“Carbonization (heating it up) destroys many of the terpenes, just like it destroys many of the cannabinoids. Because of this, using a portable vaporizer with temperature control is probably the best way to get the most out of the terpenes found in cannabis. Like cannabinoids, terpenes have their own individual optimal temperature, and these temps can vary widely. Researching the various temperatures at which the terpenes you desire to be released is key in achieving the desired effect. 

Terpenes and cannabinoids are two compounds found in cannabis that when used together help produce a synergistic effect. Selecting strains based upon the terpenes’ effects can help you achieve results. “

So wait till you hear what their super powers are!  That’s why I’m so excited to tell you about them.   Primary terpenes are the ones you’ll see mostly… and then secondary terpenes perform a different function.

The cannabis company ‘Ionization Labs’ tell us that:

“While primary terpenes largely influence how any individual plant smells, and effect a plant’s growth and development, secondary terpenes aid the plant’s defense.

Whereas the unique aroma carried by each cannabis plant is a product of the primary terpenes present within the plant, the medicinal value of any given cannabis strain is a product of both primary and secondary terpenes combined. 

As you can imagine, through careful cultivation, the medicinal potential of cannabis is great.”

https://ionizationlabs.com/terpenes-101-a-guide-to-cannabis-terpenes/

Break

So what do terpenes add to the cannabis plant and what’s the effect on the patient?

Well let me give you just a few examples so you’ll see why these delicate compounds pack a powerful punch.

ALPHA-PINENE & BETA-PINENE: Pinine is a cannabis terpene which is thought to increase mental focus and energy. In addition, it can act as a topical antiseptic and a bronchodilator, making it a good option for asthmatics. Finally, pinine is an effective pain-reliever, anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, and may help in slowing the growth of cancer cells, and increase memory retention.

EUCALYPTOL: Also found in tea tree, cardamom, rosemary, sage and bay leaves, the cannabis terpene Eucalyptol is best known for its effects on pain and inflammation. Additionally, scientists are now finding that Eucalyptol may also be a powerful antifungal, antibacterial, insecticide, and antioxidant.

CAMPHENE: Commonly used in cannabis based creams, salves and lotions, the cannabis terpene Camphene is particularly useful in the treatment of skin conditions such as eczema and psoriasis. Believed to have anti-fungal, antibacterial, anti-inflammatory, analgesic, and antioxidant properties, it can also be found in nutmeg, rosemary, and ginger among other botanicals.

CARYOPHYLLENE: Caryophyllene (or β-Caryophyllene), found in high concentrations in oregano, basil, hops, and rosemary, is a spicy, peppery terpene. In addition to anti-inflammatory and analgesic properties, this terpene can also help reduce alcohol cravings, fight cancer, and reduce anxiety and depression.

LIMONENE: Also present in fruit rinds, Limonene is a cannabis terpene known for its fruity, citrus aroma. In addition to elevating mood and decreasing anxiety, studies have shown that Limonene may also have antifungal and antibacterial properties, as well as help to increase absorption of other terpenes.

LINALOOL: Most widely used to reduce stress and anxiety and elevate mood, the cannabis terpene Linalool naturally occurs in lavender, coriander and other herbs and spices. A natural anti-inflammatory, anti-epileptic, and analgesic, Linalool has been used for centuries in medicine.

MYRCENE: Known as an analgesic, antibiotic, anti-inflammatory, and sedative cannabis terpene, Myrcene (or β-myrcene) can be found in mangoes, thyme, lemongrass, and basil among other fruits and herbs.

A Few of the SECONDARY CANNABIS TERPENES:

CAMPHOR: The main active ingredient in Vicks Vaporub™, Camphor has been used for centuries to numb pain, clear sinuses, and increase circulation. When applied topically, this cannabis terpene helps to ease localized pain quickly.

MENTHOL: A common cannabis terpene, Menthol is known to reduce cough and suppress respiratory irritation naturally. Topically, menthol is a natural analgesic, effective in the treatment of pain.

TERPINOLENE: The cannabis terpene Terpinolene is an isomeric hydrocarbon which can be found in a variety of plants including tea tree, nutmeg, apples, and cumin. Known for its floral, piney aroma, Terpinolene is a natural antioxidant, sedative, anti-cancer, anti-bacterial, and antifungal agent.”

Let me thank the ionizationlab.com and analyticalcannabis.com for their definitions of terpenes. Please visit their websites for a more comprehensive look at the power of terpenes and the effects we feel from their relationship with the cannabinoids they grew up with. I’ll have those links in my blog on my website for you. There’s a link to my site below.  I just love cannabis and what we’re discovering.

Oh and I need to make a correction from last week’s episode.

I was discussing the difference between a primary care physician (your regular doctor), a licensed M.D. or D.O. who becomes a Medical Marijuana doctor, and what my specific qualifications are to help you learn the language of cannabis. 

Doctors go to med school for 4 years then do a residency and maybe a fellowship… takes about 10 years. They know all things about the inner workings of your body and what to prescribe from Western Medicine for particular ailments.

I have studied all things cannabis for the past 5 years garnering certifications from the leading cannabis scientists and doctors who are actively studying the plant through private companies and higher educational institutions all over the U.S. and beyond our borders. But I am NOT a DOCTOR and currently have no license to prescribe any medication. I can only explain what learned doctors and scientists in the field have taught me in the language of cannabis.

CORRECTION:

In one of the last episodes I said that MMJ Dr’s only had to have 4 hours of instruction by the state of Florida in order to recommend MMJ to patients.  I was wrong.

It’s 2 hours….

According to the OMMU: There are currently 2,616 qualified physicians eligible to recommend cannabis:

“A physician must have an active, unrestricted license

[as a physician under Chapter 458, F.S., or osteopathic physician under Chapter 459, F.S.,]

and complete a 2-hour course and exam before being qualified to order medical marijuana and low-THC cannabis for qualified patients.

Learn more here: https://knowthefactsmmj.com/physicians”

The test is actually about the Florida statutes on cannabis and not what they know about the plant. I guess they leave that up to the doctor to figure out what to learn and where to source that info.  I know some pretty spectacular cannabis specialists like Dr. Anthony Mazo, a neurologist here in Melbourne, and Dr. Barry Gordon down in Venice and Dr. Genester Wilson-King over in Mt. Dora… but they studied the actual plant and can now help their patients with knowledge and not just an open door to the candy store.  Facts matter.

Loved hangin out with you again.  Hope yer feelin smarter and smarter.

I’m headin out for a pack walk around the pond with my five little wolves.

Pax Vobiscum Yall

Host: Honey 26:57

You’ve been listening to another Cannaba Verum podcast with 21st century cannabis shaman Honey Smith Walls, about the importance of using safe hemp and marijuana products. Unless otherwise proven by a reputable third party lab test, please be advised that all street weed is contaminated. It may do grave harm to a patient with a delicate immune system. I challenge you to check the veracity of my statements in each episode by checking the medical citations posted on my blog at Cannaba Verum.com.

That’s C A N N A B A   V E R U M.com

  1. plant specifically grows, the acid form, the THCa –  https://academic.oup.com/pcp/article/46/9/1578/1812749
  2. all street weed is contaminated: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5022003/
  3. Handbook of Cannabis for Clinicians, Practices and Principles by Dr. Dustin Sulak – https://www.amazon.com/Handbook-Cannabis-Clinicians-Principles-Practice/dp/0393714187 and healer.com
  4. Certificate of Analysis (COA) https://www.pharmtech.com/view/certificates-analysis-don-t-trust-verify

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