Don’t Forget the Terpenoids!
With medical cannabis gaining traction across the country, THC and CBD have been stealing the show – and they are certainly dazzling us. THC and CBD have so much medical efficacy that more people are turning away from their daily pharmaceuticals to discover what cannabis has to offer. Often forgotten in this mix are the Terpenoids.
Terpenoids are a class of chemical compounds that are used medically like alkaloids. Terpenes are hydrocarbons and terpenoids have been altered by oxidization. Although these terms are used interchangeably, a simple way to think of it is terpenes are wet, and terpenoids have been dried out. Unlike alkaloids their effects normally include low toxicity, lesser occurrence of side effects and are generally gentler on the patient.
Terpenoids are a large class of naturally occurring organic chemicals that come in thousands of variations. They contribute to scents, flavors and colors of plants; such as cinnamon and ginger. Many are valued for their herbal or medicinal properties as well as being anti-bacterial and providing analgesic effects; such as menthol, camphor, or eucalyptol. Allergic reaction to terpenoids or instances of intolerance are very uncommon. They are usually very compatible with cannabinoids, the “entourage effect” improves performance both directly and indirectly.