With so many terpene isolates on the market, it can be hard to decide which to try and what each of them are supposed to do.
Read on to find out our top 10 terpene isolate picks and why we think you might like them.
Terpene isolates are natural compounds found in plants, such as cannabis, pine and lavender. They are responsible for the aroma that plants give off, which protects them from grazing animals and harmful bacteria. Oftentimes when found naturally, they consist of a mixture of fragrances.
Today they can be purchased in forms in which certain fragrances have been isolated. One of the most popular plant sources of terpene isolates is the cannabis plant, though cannabis terpenes themselves do not get you high.
Clinical usage of cannabis is on the rise and research surrounding terpene isolates and their functions is beginning to reveal some possible health benefits. Some research suggests that terpene isolates used in aromatherapy are beneficial, and they possibly increase the efficacy of other compounds such as CBD. However, more investigation is needed to be sure.
While many flavours of terpene isolates are on the market, here are some with the most versatility that we think you should try.
It is important to note that while many people tout the benefits of these terpene isolates, ample research backing up such claims is severely lacking.
Found in lavender, rosemary and basil, this terpene isolate has a dry and sweet taste. Some people recommend using it to help alleviate stress, pain, inflammation and help boost your immune system.
Much like beta pinene, this terpene isolate has a minty and pine-like aromatic profile. Some research suggests that it may have anti-inflammatory, anti-ulcerogenic and anti-microbial properties; however, further investigation is needed to be sure.
This terpene isolate has a musky aromatic profile with notes of clove. It is often found in lemongrass and chamomile. Myrcene is thought to have beneficial anti-inflammatory properties as well as antibiotic and sedative effects.
With a minty and woody fragrance, this terpene isolate is believed to have antidepressant and anti-anxiety effects, though further research on this is needed. Beta pinene is also thought to have antibacterial properties, like many other terpenes on this list.
Used in many Chinese medicines, borneol is a naturally derived insect repellant. It has a fragrance likened to pine and balsamic. Some people, including practitioners of traditional Chinese medicine, claim that this terpene isolate can help in clinical settings, such as alleviating gastric problems and healing wounds.
This terpene isolate has a citrus and lemon-like fragrance and is often found in citrus peel and caraway. It is believed to be beneficial for anti-inflammation, antioxidants and anti-stress.
Often found in lavenders, rosewood and sweet basil, linalool has a floral and woody aromatic profile. Some people suggest that it can improve sleep, fight off bacteria and alleviate congestion, though research in this area is needed.
This terpene isolate is responsible for a sweet, earthy and citrus taste, and is one of many found in cannabis. Some research suggests that it has antifungal and anti-inflammatory properties. It may also have antiseptic and antiviral effects.
This terpene isolate is one of the most commonly found within the cannabis plant. Also found in tea trees, some people suggest that terpineol may have anti-fungal, anti-insomnia and antioxidant properties.
Much like terpineol, alpha terpinene is commonly found in cannabis, but as a secondary terpene. With a woody and lemon-like aroma, some people believe that it has antibacterial, antifungal and anti-proliferation (i.e., protective against cancer growth) properties, though more research into this is needed.
While some research shows that terpene isolates are promising for clinical outcomes, unfortunately the effects of terpene isolates are not well known. It is important to therefore look after your health, talk to your physician and be aware of side effects should any arise.
If you experience any of the following symptoms, please discontinue terpene isolate use and speak to your primary care physician.
If you experience these symptoms, you may have a hyper-sensitivity to terpene isolates. If you think you might be hypersensitive, consider undergoing a patch test before trying any terpene isolate.
Anecdotal evidence seems to rule in favour of terpene isolate usage, but it's always best to exercise caution when beginning the use of terpene isolates or any new substance for that matter.