What Are Terpenes and Are They Safe?

Terpenes are plant-based materials that range in scents. They may also be good for people’s health. Some people believe they bring positive benefits after forest bathing in and around trees, using essential oils, or smoking weed. The challenge is knowing whether or not this chemical is actually safe when smoked in marijuana. Learn more about what terpenes are and whether or not they are safe.

Health Benefits

In much the same way as aromatherapy works, terpenes in nature can boost mental health for some people. Fragrant molecules are oils that release a scent. The scent is boosted when in high temperatures, usually when smoked. Terpenes may have physical benefits, such as supporting a person’s health when they go forest bathing. It has the potential to be anti-inflammatory with neuroprotective effects on human health.

How it Works

Beta-caryophyllene is considered a terpene. It is found in basil, oregano, black pepper, and cannabis. It has anti-inflammatory properties and pain-relieving benefits. Results are promising when treating the progression of Alzheimer’s. It is dependent on mitigating brain inflammation. Linalool is another terpene that may have anti-seizure properties. Cannabis terpenes are another story altogether. It is believed they may enhance the effects of THC and CBD, in what is called the ‘entourage’ effect. There is still evidence that is needed to prove this point. Cannabis terpenes may have benefits but they are also likely to add to complications for people with addiction.

Risky Business

Terpenes and terpenoids are present in many environments. This does not make their consequences less for people who choose to inhale them. Some people are looking at inhaling these rather than CBD or THC, believing in their medicinal properties or that they are safer alternatives. Inhaling cannabis products is of concern because the psychoactive effects of cannabis have been seen as enhanced by terpenes in scientific studies. This ‘entourage effect’ can be difficult for people to cope with physically and emotionally. Those in the cannabis industry want people to believe in the positive benefits and focus on the aromatic compounds, but there is more research needed since any drug that is inhaled in this way can be potentially risky. For people in recovery, it is difficult to know how to handle medical situations without taking many of the things they worry about causing addiction. Addiction and dependency issues need to be addressed in a safe space with therapists and counselors who understand the intricate nature of addiction. They also can help to navigate how to handle things like whether a certain compound is safe or not to use. In recovery, there is no safe way to inhale drugs of any kind without worrying about triggers and cravings. It is always best to err on the side of caution when proceeding to consider medicinal drugs.

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