Terpenes are naturally occurring compounds that produce aromas and flavors in plants, herbs, and fruit. Their aromatic nature is a mechanism to attract, repel, and even communicate. It makes terpenes a popular ingredient in perfumes, skincare, and cleaning products. We made a list of the top terpenes found in KANHA gummies to give you an idea of how we formulate the experiences.
Certain terpenes were widely used in folk medicine and still play a role in herbal medicine. Meanwhile, modern research continues to elucidate their health and wellness potential.
At KANHA, we believe terpenes provide health and wellness benefits and may work synergistically with cannabinoids for enhanced effects. For this reason, top terpenes in KANHA gummies are formulated to emphasize key benefits for a multidimensional edible experience. The following are some of our faves.
When it comes to β-caryophyllene, think cloves, rosemary, hops, and black pepper. This historically unique terpene stands out for more than just its spicy flavors and woody aromas. For starters, Italian researchers likely made β-caryophyllene the first isolated terpene in the 19th century. It’s the only known terpene to interact directly with the endocannabinoid system. Studies suggest a wide range of potential medical applications – e.g., gastroprotective, antifungal, antibacterial, antidepressant, and anti-inflammatory. Common effects include relaxation and anxiety relief.
A 1942 study on Egyptian hash oil was the first known time terpenes were classified as a compound from cannabinoids. The same study identified humulene (or α-caryophyllene), making it the first sesquiterpene found in cannabis. Humulene gets its name, from hops (humulus lupulus in Latin), and it can be found in sage and ginseng. Offering a mix of floral, and woody notes, with possible anti-inflammatory, and appetite-suppressing properties.
This prominent terpene abounds in citrus fruit peels. Its sweet and citrusy notes make it a common ingredient in flavorings and fragrances. It is one of the most popular top terpenes found in KANHA gummies. Originating from the Italian word “lemon” (limone), this abundant terpene is often associated with stress relief and mood elevation. Studies also hint at potential applications for bacteria, fungus, anxiety, depressed moods, and even cancer.
Most people associate myrcene with mangoes, but the terpene actually gets its name from a Latin American plant (Myrcia). It’s present in a wide range of plant life, including hops, lemongrass, and thyme. Myrcene is one of the most prevalent terpenes, making up more than half of the cannabis total terpene content. Offering a musky aroma with slight notes of fruit, myrcene appears to have antifungal, antioxidant, and antibacterial properties. While its sedative effects may help with muscle tension, anxiety, physical discomfort, and sleeplessness. Some people believe eating mango helps enhance cannabis elevation, but the more effective route might be myrcene-dominant strains.
The scent of this terpene, named after a type of wood in Mexico, recalls the smell of linalool-rich lavender. Also found in mint, coriander, sweet basil, and green coffee. This woody floral terpene has relaxing, soothing properties that may help manage anxiety, pain, convulsions, and mood disorders. Linalool is a popular ingredient in cleaning products and fragrances like Gucci Guilty and Jean Paul Gaultier’s Le Male.
A familiar mix of pine, floral and citrusy notes, terpinolene can be found in apples, lilacs, nutmeg, pines, and cumin. Small quantities of it can be found in some cannabis strains. While its fresh taste and smell have led to its use in perfumes and soaps. Classified as secondary, terpinolene lacks the research priority of more popular cannabis compounds. However, users generally describe it as offering energetic and uplifting effects.
An abundance of pinene can be found in nature, particularly in pine trees and nuts. Known for its etymology and rich aroma. This terpene exists in two different variations, α-pinene and β-pinene, with slight differences in smell. Specifically, α-pinene has an earthy scent, while β-pinene has a woody, spicy quality that leans toward parsley. Both have potential health applications. Pinene is described as a “miracle gift of nature” in many studies. It’s commonly used to help reduce inflammation and pain it causes, and improve respiratory function and memory.
An active compound in chamomile, α-bisabolol has the slight aroma of honey-dripped apples and a history of use in cosmetics. When applied topically in a cream or lotion, the terpene helps reduce wrinkles, repair skin and enhance overall absorption. Like chamomile tea, α-bisabolol appears to promote relaxation when consumed internally. Studies suggest that α-bisabolol terpene inhibits inflammatory and neuropathic pain.
While we’re still in the early stages of terpene research, the information often comes from preliminary findings, evidence, and user experiences. That’s why the most important experience is your own.
KANHA recommends keeping track of your specific terpene and cannabinoid use and how your mind and body react. The goal is to find beneficial patterns that can help predict consistent future uplifting journeys. Click here to find the perfect edible experience by KANHA.