About Sleep Terpenes

sleep terpenes

Sleep Terpenes

It’s impossible to overstate the value of a good night’s sleep. In fact, studies show links between sleep deprivation and obesity, diabetes, hypertension, mood disorders and even reduced life expectancy.

Ever since Cannabidiol (CBD) started taking the supplement market by storm, we’ve learned a lot about its many benefits, including CBD’s role as a sleep aid.  It presents a natural alternative to the prescription sleep medications used by millions of people, which can become habit-forming and addictive.

If you’re new to the CBD world, it’s only natural to ask how this product will help you sleep. The short answer is that terpenes and CBD interact to create the “entourage effect” – a synergistic relationship that makes cannabinoids effective. Let’s see what this means and also look at the terpenes that help promote a restful night.

What are Terpenes?

Terpenes form part of our endocannabinoid system. What does this big word mean? Put simply, it’s an organised network filled with receptors built to detect cannabinoids and terpenes. CBD binds with the CB2 receptors in our bodies to control things like the immune system, relaxation, pain reception, pleasure and memory – to name a few.

Of course, different terpenes play different roles inside us, including sleep. We’ll look at those shortly.

What is the Entourage Effect?

Do you know that familiar adage, “no man is an island”? That also applies to cannabinoids and terpenes. Without terpenes to act alongside CBD, the cannabinoids won’t have the same “punch” needed for us to get the most out of our supplements. It amplifies the effect of both the CBD (or THC) and terpenes.

Sleep Terpenes

As we said earlier, terpenes each have a job in our endocannabinoid system. When we add these “sleepy” terpenes to our body through CBD supplements, they theoretically promote relaxation and sleep.

Myrcene

Myrcene plays a key role in various areas. Most importantly, it’s claimed to be a sedative and muscle relaxant. In fact, it’s been found to be responsible for the physically incapacitating effects of cannabis; but since we’re dealing with CBD, you feel relaxed without the psychoactive effects (“high”) of THC.

Linalool

Theoretically, linalool provides a restful night by helping reduce stress, anxiety and depression – all of which are things that can cause insomnia.

Terpinolene

Another powerful sleep terpene, terpinolene is said to have powerful sedative effects, arguably similar to myrcene’s. It has been reported to compel you to remain as immobile as possible by inhibiting your desire to become active.

a-Pinene

a-Pinene is an interesting terpene. Found in many different plants, this chemical allegedly suppresses activity and increases sleep duration; however, researchers also found that, in strong enough concentrations, it can actually have an “excitatory effect.” In other words, too much will actually achieve the opposite of its intended use. Not to worry, though; just follow your product’s dosing instructions and you’ll be fine.

Phytol

Like a-Pinene, phytol also discourages movement, leading to lengthier sleep.

We understand the role of the entourage effect and sleep terpenes, which is why they’re an integral part of our Tranquil range of Vape Pen Kits, Pre-filled Carts, 1ml, 5ml & 10ml Refills. You will also find Sleep Terpenes in our new CBD Oils, Pastes and Terpenes.

Terpenes – What are they?

Terpenes – What are they?

Cannabis plants are pretty complex, and they each contain a wide variety of chemicals. All of these chemicals and compounds are responsible for different things, but what we’re going to discuss today are terpenes. Terpenes are a class of aromatic organic hydrocarbons, and they can sometimes be referred to as terpenoids.

It’s the aroma and the flavour of the cannabis that is affected by terpenes. This means that terpene profiles can be manipulated in a variety of ways, making it possible for different flavours to be created.

Terpenes can do much more than simply provide us with interesting and unusual flavours for hemp and cannabis, though. Although that’s a fantastic ability to have, the medicinal benefits of terpenes are worth mentioning too. There are terpene compounds that are non-psychoactive, and it’s these that make it useful for medical treatments.

A selection of Terpenes


Limonene

Aside from its citrus aroma, one of the very best things about the limonene compound is its ability to boost the human immune system. It can be used to treat people with immune system disorders. It can also have an impact on mental health as a result of its anti-anxiety and antidepressant properties. It is believed to offer anti-inflammatory properties, which can be vital for good health. It’s found in many foods, and it’s often used as a flavouring in things like chewing gum.

Pinene

Pinene is actually the most common of all the UK terpenes out there, and it’s also one of the most important. It’s a bicyclic monoterpene. There are two isomers: α-pinene and β-pinene. They are both important parts of pine resin, and that’s where the terpene takes its name from. As well as adding that pine flavour and taste to cannabis, it has benefits that more and more people are now taking advantage of. Evidence has been found that it improves the airflow to your lungs.

Myrcene

The subtle fruity flavour offered up myrcene is very appealing, and it’s a terpene that’s found in a majority of cannabis strains. For many people, it’s used to help them get to sleep when no other solutions are helping them do that. That’s not the only use and benefit myrcene has to offer, though. It’s antibacterial and can also fight fungal infections, making it very useful indeed. It’s also antiseptic, so it’s clear that its range of uses that can help to clear up minor health problems that are commonly experienced by many.

Caryophyllene

Caryophyllene is another common terpene that is an important part of many essential oils, and it also contributes to the familiar flavour of black pepper. It helps to counteract some of the psychoactivity some people suffering from anxiety experience. It’s also been known to help with the treatment depression for some too. It has a hoppy aroma that some people find appealing and not too overwhelming, adding to its list of positives.

These are just some examples of the terpenes UK that you should know about. Each of them offers something unique and interesting to the modern world.