Getting to know Vitality CBD: our terpenes
Hello, and welcome to the world of Vitality CBD! Whether you’re new here or not, chances are you’re curious about CBD, and particularly what’s in your CBD oil, CBD topical, or CBD e-liquid. At Vitality CBD we pride ourselves on transparency and honesty, which is why all of our products are batch tested at a third-party laboratory.
The issue is that for a layperson, these lab reports aren’t too revealing about what’s actually going on in your CBD oil. It’s easy to see that there’s 0% THC, which is really important, but the rest of it can be difficult to interpret. That’s why we’re going a step further in breaking down what exactly is in our broad spectrum CBD range.
In this article we’re looking specifically at terpenes! Understanding what’s in the bottle when you buy CBD is essential to maximising your CBD experience, and terpenes play a massive role in that. Before we get too ahead of ourselves, let’s run through what we mean by broad spectrum CBD, and then get into why that matters!
What is broad spectrum CBD?
First up, let’s go back over the basics (looking for a full introduction? Try our CBD guide). CBD, or cannabidiol, is a natural compound extracted from plants in the cannabis genus. It’s generally regarded as having a good safety profile, and it’s intended to be taken as part of a balanced lifestyle.
We mentioned earlier that all of our CBD products contain 0% THC. THC and CBD are both cannabinoids, the predominant class of compounds found in hemp plants. When we extract CBD, we make sure to remove THC since that’s what causes the psychotropic effects associated with using cannabis.
However, we don’t remove everything. Broad spectrum CBD refers to a CBD extract that contains an array of additional supporting hemp compounds, but with 0% THC. These compounds include cannabinoids, flavonoids, and terpenes! We’ll be getting to terpenes specifically in a moment, but first let’s look at why we prioritise a broad spectrum extract at Vitality CBD.
What is the entourage effect?
We’ve always believed in following natural practices at Vitality CBD, but there’s legitimate scientific reasons to do so. Our premium broad spectrum hemp extract represents the perfect fusion of science and nature; safe, but still respecting the natural balance of the hemp plant.
The reason we retain additional hemp compounds in our process is because of what’s known as “the entourage effect”. Hypothesised by S. Ben-Shabat and Raphael Mechoulam, the entourage effect that the best quality CBD is supported with other hemp compounds.
Since the hemp plant has grown and evolved over many millennia, the entourage effect suggests that these compounds are naturally synergistic, and that to separate them from one another is to break the balance of the natural order. That’s why we use a broad spectrum hemp extract, as a balance between nature and safety.
What are terpenes?
We’ve talked a lot about CBD and its role as a cannabinoid, but what are terpenes? When we extract our CBD, we make sure to include other cannabinoids too, but we also extract terpenes and flavonoids too, since they have an important role to play.
Terpenes are found in basically every botanical organism imaginable, and are known primarily as the molecules responsible for providing distinct scents. Whether you’re smelling flowers, vegetables, herbs, trees, or fruits, terpenes play an active role in the aroma, being particularly prominent in essential oils.
That’s all well and good, but why would you want terpenes in your CBD oil? Well, there’s actually much more to terpenes than meets the eye (or nose). These rich natural compounds don’t only contribute to the entourage effect, but have many of their own properties. Next, let’s look at some of the most common terpenes in Vitality CBD products and identify what they do.
What terpenes are in my CBD product?
One of the highlights of our broad spectrum CBD extract is the array of terpenes we include. We’re immensely proud of the number of terpenes, and their prevalence within each CBD oil. Let’s look at the ones that are most prominent, and why they’re so essential.
- Linalool: This terpene occurs naturally in many essential oils, including tangerine, rose, and lemon. It’s most known for its unique antimicrobial properties, which have a significant purpose in protecting the hemp plant.
- beta-Caryophyllene: This is a terpene many of you will be familiar with, since it’s what contributes to the spiciness in black pepper. Beyond that, it has also been shown to engage with your endocannabinoid system in a similar manner to CBD, as well as having well-known antioxidant properties.
- alpha-Humulene: Humulene is perhaps best known as the characteristic terpene in hops, though it’s also present in sage and other earthy plants. What’s interesting is that it has also been shown to act as an anti-inflammatory!
- Guaiol: Found predominantly in pine trees, Guaiol is another earthy terpene, known for its pleasant woody aroma. Similarly to Humulene, it’s also developed a reputation as an anti-inflammatory, as well as being a well-regarded anti-oxidant.
- Caryophyllene Oxide: Commonly found in lemon balm and eucalyptus (we love lemon balm so much we featured it in our CBD Relax Drops), Caryophyllene Oxide is significant because it binds with your CB2 receptors in your endocannabinoid system. It’s actions like this that make terpenes an integral part of the entourage effect.
How are these terpenes extracted?
To ensure none of these helpful terpenes are degraded during our extraction process, we use the most efficient method around: supercritical CO2 extractions. By using precise methodology at the forefront of scientific research we’re better able to capture the natural essence of hemp.
Supercritical CO2 extractions may sound scary, but they’re actually the safest way of extracting botanical compounds. CO2 is pressurised until it reaches a point where its attributes are part-way between gas and liquid—in this supercritical state, it can strip away the hemp compounds from the plant matter.
The resultant material is then passed through a separator which is where the THC is removed, and the rest of the compounds are consolidated. By following this method, none of the cannabinoids, terpenes or flavonoids are denatured, meaning you get the real, natural deal in your bottle of CBD oil.
Buy CBD with Vitality CBD
Now you know even more about what’s going on in your CBD product, it’s the perfect time to buy CBD with Vitality CBD. Our broad spectrum extract is used in all your favourite CBD oils, our CBD balm, and our flagship CBD e-liquid. Introduce terpenes into your balanced lifestyle today!
We don’t include terpenes in our batch testing reports since there’s a lot of information on there already—we don’t want to confuse you any more! If you want a more concrete breakdown though, reach out to us on our live chat in the bottom right corner of each page Monday-Friday 9am-5pm, or send us an email on our CBD contact page.