Terpenes interact with our neurotransmitter receptors, triggering a variety of physical responses. They are aromatic compounds found in many plants, though many people commonly associate them with cannabis because cannabis plants contain high concentrations of them.
These aromatic compounds create the characteristic scent of many plants, such as cannabis, pine, and lavender, as well as fresh orange peel. The fragrance of most plants is due to a combination of terpenes. In nature, these terpenes protect the plants from animal grazing or infectious germs.
However, terpenes also offer some health benefits for us humans!
How are they different from cannabinoids?
Cannabinoids are chemical compounds in cannabis.
Cannabinoids, such as tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), activate receptors in the body’s endocannabinoid system. This is what creates the “high” that people experience when they use cannabis.
Cannabidiol (CBD) is another cannabinoid that is becoming more and more popular for its medicinal properties. Although CBD acts on some of the same receptors as THC, it influences them differently and does not create any euphoria.
THC and CBD may be the most well-known cannabinoids, but they are just two of over 100 cannabinoids.
The cannabis plant also contains terpenes, which are among the most abundant compounds in the natural world.
Terpenes are primarily responsible for the smell of most plants and some animal compounds. However, some also act on the endocannabinoid system in the body in a similar way to cannabinoids. The key difference is that the body absorbs and uses these compounds in different ways.
Enter Elixir’s Pain Terpene!
This blend attaches to CB2 receptors (like CBD) to regulate and reduce pain and inflammation, extend the action of endogenous acetylcholine, inhibit pain transmission cells, increase adenosine levels in the brain and stimulate the opioidergic, cholinergic and dopaminergic systems that regulate sensation.
Elixir Compounding Pharmacy specialises in treating chronic pain. We develop patient-centred treatment protocols based largely on advanced nutrient therapies, and now Terpenes. We offer complementary phone consultations where we assess symptoms and recommend an individualised treatment protocol. So, if you or someone you know is fighting chronic pain, contact Elixir today.