There are few supplements that have ever become as popular in as short a period of time as CBD. Indeed, in late 2018, CBD wasn’t even legal. However, thanks to the passage of the 2018 Farm Bill, CBD was legalized and its popularity absolutely exploded. Today, more than 1 in 3 adults have used the substance.
However, CBD is not just a monolithic supplement, and it comes in many varieties and types. One such example is CBD Terpsolates.
What is CBD Terpsolate?
CBD Terpsolates are a form of CBD Isolate with terpenes added.
In order to understand just what a Terpsolate is, it is important to take a step backward. There are three different types of CBD. This includes:
- Full Spectrum CBD, which contains all naturally occurring parts of CBD. This means it is minimally processed and is comprised of all naturally occurring flavonoids, terpenes, and cannabinoids. This includes low levels of THC or tetrahydrocannabinol. THC is best known as the cannabinoid in marijuana that is responsible for intoxication, it is available in extremely low levels in THC.
- Broad Spectrum CBD, which is identical to Full Spectrum, save for one key component: It contains no THC.
- CBD Isolate, which contains 97% CBD. It comes in a white, powdery form and has almost all other components removed.
As noted above, Full and Broad Spectrum CBD contain flavonoids and terpenes. These are both other chemical compounds. Terpenes are components that give plant compounds – including CBD – their flavor and smell. At the moment, researchers have identified over 100 different types of terpenes. It is also worth noting that terpenes have in cannabis have been purported to potentially have different impacts, including the ability to help focus or induce relaxation. As such, it follows that different terpenes in CBD may have the same impact.
This brings us back to CBD Terpsolates. CBD Terpsolates is a type of CBD isolate with specific terpenes added back in.
The Benefits of Terpenes in CBD
One of the chief benefits of CBD Terpsolates is that they may add back certain benefits of the Entourage Effect. The Entourage Effect is the idea that CBD is most effective – and most impactful – when it contains all of its naturally-occurring components, including all cannabinoids, terpenes, and flavonoids.
Prior to the advent of Terpsolates, much of this conversation was limited to the debate of Full Spectrum vs. Broad Spectrum CBD, with advocates for Full Spectrum arguing that Broad Spectrum isn’t as effective without THC. CBD Isolate wasn’t even really part of this conversation, since it had everything but CBD removed.
However, with terpenes added back in, the theory behind the Entourage Effect comes back into play. Users of CBD Terpsolates argue that the substance can provide some benefits of the Entourage Effect.
Furthermore, they argue that Terpsolates can provide added benefits, depending on the specific Different terpenes are alleged to give different benefits. Different studies have come to different conclusions. For example, thyme contains properties that can help ward off bacterial infections, while citrus can ward off certain diseases. As such, it follows that adding terpenes to CBD can potentially provide certain health benefits.
It is also clear that terpenes can alter the taste and smell of CBD. As such, adding them to CBD can provide a more pleasant and customized experience for users.
Can You Buy Terpsolate Commercially? What Should You Look Out For?
Yes. CBD Terpsolates are available in many CBD stores and can be purchased at retail locations or over the internet. While they aren’t quite as common as other CBD products, they are still very easy to find, and a quick Google search will reveal a bevy of locations in which you can make these purchases.
The same cautions that apply to CBD generally also apply to CBD Terpsolates. Make sure you that only purchase these products from reputable vendors that have made their Certificates of Analysis available. This ensures that the product you are using has been tested and actually contains what the manufacturers claim it does. Furthermore, talk with your doctor before using any CBD product: There are some negative interactions between CBD and certain medications, and your doctor may have a better idea of what these medications are and the damage they can potentially cause.
Furthermore, just like any other CBD product, make sure that you ease into using CBD Terpsolates. According to the World Health Organization, side effects with CBD products are typically mild and manageable. However, you should still use caution before using CBD and make sure that you are in a position to deal with any of the side effects that may occur.
How is Terpsolate Available, and How Can You Use It?
Typically, these products are sold in a crystal or wax-like form. It is also becoming increasingly available as an oil or a powder. That’s good for people who aren’t comfortable dabbing or vaping the product, as that’s the only way you can consume the product if it is in a crystal or wax.
For most people, the oil or powder form will be the easiest way of using the product. When it is in an oil or powder, you can mix the Terpsolate in with other foods or drinks. This allows users to add the product to any number of recipes and gives them a great way of consuming the product. You can also take the product sublingually, meaning that you place it under the tongue. This is widely regarded as one of the quickest and easiest ways of ingesting any CBD product.
Examples of Terpenes
There are dozens of CBD products that you can use. Like any other food, it’s all about trial and error, and you will ultimately determine what works for you and what doesn’t. Some examples of Terpenes include:
- Pinene, a pine-like terpene that has a tree scent. It is very common and has benefits that appear to be similar to antioxidants, meaning that they can help prevent our cells against cell damage.
- Myrcene, a very common Terpene that is found – in at least low levels – in virtually every form of cannabis. Myrcene is found in a variety of other products, like beer.
- Limonene, which is one of the more common terpenes found in CBD. It is very common in a variety of fruits and is often related to citrus-like fruits.
CBD Terpsolate is still relatively new to the rapidly expanding and evolving CBD market. There are unquestionable benefits to the substance, but many will find that they have a better CBD experience with Full or Broad Spectrum CBD. Ultimately, it is worth trying, as you may find that the substance is truly enjoyable and beneficial for you.