Most people know by now that consumer CBD products are made using industrial hemp – a relative of marijuana. This simple fact has made a lot of people apprehensive about using CBD products. Erroneously, they think they might produce a high. In actual fact, hemp is virtually free of THC, and thus will never cause psychoactive effects.
Naturally, this is one of the main reasons why people like to use full-spectrum hemp products. They not only contain high quantities of CBD, but they are packed full of other cannabinoids, flavonoids, and terpenes. All of these compounds combine together to produce an ‘entourage effect,’ which is more powerful than when CBD is used alone.
However, full-spectrum products often do contain trace amounts of THC. Many users are worried about failing workplace drug tests, even though the amount of THC is nowhere near enough to get you high. So, what happens if you want to use THC-free CBD products, but still want the benefits of terpenes?
Some manufacturers are now adding specific terpenes into their CBD products. Many of these terpenes are based on the profiles of famous cannabis strains, one of the most popular of which is Pineapple Express.
Let’s take a look at the terpenes involved in this strain, as well as why companies are increasingly adding them to non-psychoactive, hemp-based CBD oils.
First Things First… What are Terpenes?
Terpenes are the aromatic compounds that make botanicals smell and taste the way they do. They are volatile compounds, meaing they exist in many different forms and produce many different scents.
In terms of their effects on the body, some people actually believe terpenes are more important than cannabinoids. Terpenes indeed have a strong impact on the body, and they have been used in natural herbal remedies for centuries. There is a reason, after all, why old wives tales dictate using certain aromatic plants based on their scent!
Different terpenes are used for different effects. They also produce different types of scents, which may directly relate to their effects. Linalool, for example, has a floral scent and is found in lavender. As you might guess, this terpene is frequently used in aromatherapy for relaxation.
So what about the Pineapple Express terpenes that companies add to CBD oil? We’ll get into this later, but first let’s take a quick look at the actual Pineapple Express cannabis strain.
About the Pineapple Express Strain
You’ll surely be able to guess that the Pineapple Express strain has a scent of tropical fruits, including pineapple and mango. Some also detect hints of fresh apple, with undertones of pine and cedar.
Of course, Pineapple Express is a member of the cannabis family. Unlike industrial hemp, however, the flower contains up to 27% THC with very low amounts of CBD. This makes Pineapple Express illegal to grow in many states. It also makes it unideal/useless for making CBD oil.
Nevertheless, some brands are “recreating” the terpene profile of this classic strain in order to add a fruity twist to their CBD oil. Not only that, but the flavor encourages certain types of effects according to the compound’s scent and taste. Simply put, recreating the terpene profile allows producers to create a CBD oil with some of the same tastes and benefits of actual Pineapple Express cannabis — without any of the psychoactive effects.
So what exactly are the terpenes in Pineapple Express cannabis? And what kind of effects can they produce?
Terpenes in Pineapple Express CBD Oils
If you know anything about terpenes, you will probably assume that Pineapple Express contains a decent amount of limonene. This is the terpene found predominantly in citrus. Limonene is found in the Pineapple Express strain, but believe it or not, it is not the most abundant. In most phenotypes, the dominant Pineapple Express terpene is myrcene — followed by pinene. Humulene and caryophyllene are two others found in abundance in this strain.
Basic Functions of Common Pineapple Express Terpenes
- Myrcene: Found in cloves and herbs like thyme, myrcene carries an earthy scent and flavor. It is known as a relaxant, as well as producing anti-inflammatory effects.
- Pinene: There are two types of pinene: Alpha and Beta. Both are, quite obviously, found in pine needles, as well as rosemary and sage. Pinene has been used as an antiseptic in the past, and it also is known to increase alertness and energy.
- Limonene: As we mentioned, limonene has a citrus scent. It is found in lemons, oranges, and juniper. As well as possessing antibacterial properties, limonene is said to be a mood-enhancer that increases energy levels.
- Humulene: Humulene is a very hoppy terpene; after all, it is found in hops. The smell is exactly what you experience with a hoppy beer. In small quantities, it can be used as an antibacterial.
- Caryophyllene: With an aroma of pepper, spice, and wood, caryophyllene is another anti-inflammatory and antiseptic terpene. It is found in black pepper and cloves, which explains the spicy scent.
You might have noticed that multiple terpenes found in Pineapple Express are “energy-givers.” Namely limonene and pinene, these terpenes will help to give you a little energy boost while also helping you remain relaxed (though it’s nothing like the buzz from caffeine). Myrcene, on the other hand, usually keeps you relaxed.
This combination of terpenes would actually be beneficial in an aromatherapy setting. But of course, you can add them to a CBD oil for a nice, natural pick-me-up.
Pineapple Express Terpenes in CBD Oil… Our Final Thoughts
When shopping for good CBD products, it is always important to view third-party lab reports. These will, above all else, confirm that you are not being scammed as they (should) verify the cannabinoid content. Furthermore, they should ensure that the tincture is free from harmful chemicals and heavy metals.
Another benefit of lab reports is that they can tell you about terpene content. If you really want to get the most out of your CBD, make sure you are buying one with the right terpenes. For example, if you are interested in health but want to relax, look for linalool. If you are looking to take a CBD supplement but also enhance your focus and energy, try looking for something with added Pineapple Express terpenes.
Even if the product doesn’t explicitly say ‘Pineapple Express’ on it, you can look out for the terpenes we mentioned above. In particular, limonene and pinene will help to energize you without giving you a mental buzz. The combination featured naturally in the plant is particularly good because the myrcene helps to balance the energy out.
Of course, terpenes aren’t just used for their biological effects – they also have an impact on aroma and flavor. Many CBD users dislike the taste of CBD oil, but using the right terpenes can make that taste manageable. After all, who doesn’t like pineapple?!