Terpenes are the compounds within cannabis that give them their oh so lovely flavor and scent profiles. Most don’t know what they are or how they work, but you come across terpenes each and every day. That’s because they are abundant in almost all aromatic plants and herbs.
You may also know of terpenes as the main ingredients in essential oils, but we’re most interested in their existence within cannabis. More specifically, we love terpenes for the scent profiles they give our weed as well as the entourage effect they help us achieve.
Some of the most widely accepted benefits of certain terpenes are their calming and sleep-inducing effects. When combined with THC in a whole flower extract, it’s easy to get the full range of benefits.
Not getting enough sleep? Continue reading to learn more about using terpenes for sleep.
What are Cannabis Terpenes?
Terpenes are prevalent in many of the world’s plants and their aromatic oils are what give cannabis its distinctive flavor and scent profiles. To be specific, there are over 200 different types of terpenes that have been discovered within cannabis. Some terpenes prefer specific strains over others, but their presence mostly has to do with a response to the plant’s growing environment.
These plant compounds are important to the marketing and advertising of cannabis concentrate products as we begin to understand more about The Entourage Effect. This is the process through which cannabinoids and terpenes in cannabis are believed to interact with each other as well as with your brain’s receptors. To be more specific, it is believed that when all cannabis plant compounds are taken together, you get a more holistic effect.
Current research also points to the idea that terpenes are capable of producing their own effects. Therefore, smoking a strain that is high in sleep-inducing terpenes can provide much better results than using a concentrated high THC product stripped of terpenes.
Top 6 Terpenes for Sleep
The terpene myrcene is common among Indica strains and is revered for its relaxing effects when consumed in cannabis. It happens to be one of the most abundant terpenes in the world. You can also find it within hops, bay laurel leaves, thyme, lemongrass, and more.
Studies show it to be a sedative that relaxes your muscles to promote rest. Pair this terpene with THC and you may just be able to put an end to the non-stop counting of sheep. We also recommend a strain high in myrcene to relax after a long day of work.
Popular Strains Containing Myrcene
The terpene linalool is well known as an anti-anxiety and sedative agent that may help with bouts of insomnia. You’ll enjoy its fresh citrus aroma along with floral and/or spicy notes.
Unsurprisingly, linalool is found in lavender, another sleep-inducing herb. If you’ve ever used a lavender-scented sleep aid, the effects come from the presence of linalool. Weed strains high in Linalool often give off a sweet floral scent. We love pairing the terpene with an afternoon nap or an evening by the pool.
Popular Strains Containing Linalool
Pinene, which smells of sweet pine, is a terpene often utilized for its anti-inflammatory, anti-anxiety, and anti-microbial properties. Interestingly enough, pinene is the most abundant terpene in the world as it is found in coniferous trees, pine, basil, and plenty more.
The use of pinene may help as a sleep inducer due to its well-known anti-anxiety effects. A study published in Molecular Pharmacology even investigated the ability of pinene to lengthen the amount of time you stay asleep throughout the night.
Popular Strains Containing Pinene
Terpinolene is another potent terpene and it is found in a wide range of strains. Unfortunately, it’s often only found in small amounts. One characteristic of terpinolene is its robust scent profile featuring notes of pine and citrus. Studies point to its ability to act on the central nervous system and induce drowsiness.
Pairing this terpene with a strain that produces “Indica effects” can be a fabulous preamble to your next sleep. Just make sure you don’t need to be alert and awake following consumption.
Popular Strains Containing Terpinolene
Caryophyllene is most commonly known as the terpene found in black pepper. It smells like black pepper, and just like black pepper, it’s an anti-inflammatory. It’s also thought to support digestive health among other benefits. Of course, it’s on this list not necessarily for those effects, but for its ability to soothe anxiety.
Pairing this with some THC is a great way to calm racing thoughts at night and get some Zzz’s. Check below for a couple of our favorite strains containing Caryophyllene.
Popular Strains Containing Caryophyllene
How to Use Terpenes for Sleep
Now you know that certain terpenes exhibit sedative properties, and combining these with THC can enhance their effects. It’s fairly well known that cannabis has an impact on our sleep and sleep cycles by interacting with our endocannabinoid system. It is even believed that cannabinoid signaling in the brain can even help stabilize your sleep.
You should always consult with your doctor before supplementing your sleep regiment with cannabis. That being said, we believe the best way to naturally induce sleep is with THC strains that include one or more of the terpenes mentioned above.
The best way to get the benefits from cannabis concentrates is to look for fresh frozen live resin extracts. This is because they will still have the natural terpenes and cannabinoids that reportedly induce The Entourage Effect.
We all know weed can make you sleepy, but now you know why. The answer is terpenes! One of the best ways to supplement them into your sleep regimen is with a whole flower cannabis concentrate.
A live resin concentrate gives you pungent terpene flavors along with the amplified potency that comes along with full-spectrum products. If you’re looking for a more flavorful, lively, and potently pungent high…URSA has you covered. Check out our fresh selection of live resin cartridges and dabbable goods on weedmaps.