Terpenes- Powerful Aromatics To Heal The Body
Most people have never heard the word terpenes, much less know what it is or how it can improve their health. This article will explain the healing powers of terpenes and why pharmaceutical industries, conventional medicine and the media outlets want to keep you uninformed about these powerful compounds found within medical cannabis and other herbs.
Mother Nature has provided humans with powerful herbs that cannot be replicated in a laboratory. Instead of learning and providing patients with information on terpenes, drug companies try to keep this information from their patients and pad their own pockets with the money earned from pharmaceutical medications. One substance that can help heal the body naturally is terpenes. This substance is not only found in medical cannabis but also in dozens of other pungent plants and herbs.
Exposing the Truth about the Healing Properties of Terpenes
Terpenes are healing aromatic components found in strong smelling plants, including frankincense, citrus, rosemary and cannabis. The plants produce these strong smelling scents to protect them against grazing animals and pathogens such as molds and fungi.
Lemon, rosemary and other healing plants contain one or two types of terpenes. The lemon, especially the lemon peel, contains monoterpene limonene, which has been shown to decrease the risk of cancer by 50 percent or more.
Large amounts of terpenes, including limonene and pinene, is often a part of the Mediterranean diet. This is why this diet can help prevent disease and increase the body’s own innate ability to heal itself. Mainstream health organizations like the Mayo Clinic and natural health experts like Dr. Weil have been recommending this diet for many years. This diet provides you with healthy ingredients to help prevent cancer and heal the body. The Mediterranean Diet also includes healthy fats like extra virgin olive oil, which provides the body with anti-inflammatory properties.
Pinene is found in pine nuts, peppers and oregano. Another common ingredient found in the Mediterranean Diet is basil. Basil is filled with a variety of terpenes, including limonene, myrcene, cineole, eugenol, sabinene and linalool.
Here is a list of some of the research studies that have been connected to specific terpenes and how they have been shown to prevent and heal cancer:
In the 1990s, researchers found evidence that limonene can help heal a number of cancers, including pancreatic cancer, breast cancer, prostate cancer and skin cancer. Another study done in 2014 that was reported in the European Journal of Medicinal Chemistry found that 19 limonene-based thiosemicarbazones were effective against ten different cancer causing cells.
Several studies have found that pinene can heal cancer. A study dome by Turkish scientists found the a-pinene provided anti-tumor effects on neuroblastoma cells, which are cancer cells of the adrenal glands.
The National Environmental Engineering Research Institute in India commissioned a study in 2014 on the terpenes caryophyllene. The study found that caryophyllene stimulated apoptosis and suppressed tumor growth in lymphoma and neuroblastoma cells.
In addition to protection against cancer, terpenes also help protect against heart disease. Additionally, terpenes provide antibacterial and antifungal properties. The molecular structure of these compounds are minute, which means they are able to cross the blood-brain barrier. This is why aromatherapy is as effective.
Unfortunately, the standard American diet does not contain terpene-rich foods, which is believed to have impacted the current health crisis in the United States of America.
The Entourage Effect of Cannabis
There are more than two hundred different types of terpenes in cannabis. These terpenes gives cannabis its distinct smell while other terpenes do not produce the odor. Each terpene interacts with the other terpenes and the 400 known substances of cannabis, including steroids, fatty acids, alcohols, ketones, lactones, esters, CBD and THC.
The interactions of these properties produce the Entourage Effect as a part of cannabis therapy. This term was coined by the Israeli scientists, Raphael Mechoulam and S. Ben-Shabat, in the late 1990s at the Hebrew University located in Jerusalem. The Entourage Effect refers to how the terpenes and cannabinoid combine and interact with each other as a part of the treatment for specific medical conditions.
How Do the Terpenes Trigger the Body’s Innate Healing Response?
Terpenes strengthen and support the endocannabinoid system. This system has been scientifically documented as regulating the homeostasis process and balance withing virtually every organ in the body. This includes the endocrine system, which helps regulates the stress hormones and the immune system. In the immune system, the terpenes and the endocannabinoid receptors play a role in the production of T-cells.
Medical cannabis usage helps ease pain and cure a variety of medical conditions, including cancer. Thousands of individuals across America now have access to medical marijuana legally. If you are considering cannabinoid healing modalities for your breast cancer or other medical conditions, you need to know the content of the terpene found in the cannabis you will be using. This is because different studies have shown that different kinds of terpenes in each strain of cannabis effects how the THC reacts in the body. Finally, research has shown that small amounts of THC found in medical marijuana offer many healing benefits.
The benefits of terpenes are especially beneficial for healing a number of different types of cancer. These substances are found in hundreds of plants and herbs. Knowing the terpene content in cannabis and other super foods can help your body heal itself and even prevent cancer and other diseases from occurring.