Terpenes are a major component of the essential oils, the crux of aromatherapy, a method of treating mild ailments with aromatic plant compounds. Essential oils are increasingly utilized for their amazing power to uplift, calm, and delight our spirits.
The aroma, and flavor, in most foods is a result of the naturally occurring oils in the food. Coffee has a strong aroma, while the smell of a fresh avocado is particularly faint. The cannabis plant also contains oils that produce a distinct smell. There are more than 200 terpenes, or essential oils, produced in the cannabis plant, each adding a different note to the aroma.
Different parts of the cannabis plant have varying intensities in scent. The buds, flowers or fruit of the plant are usually the most fragrant. The aroma of cannabis can vary from sweet and mellow to deep and musky.
The aroma of cannabis is created by the unique combination and concentration of terpenes in each plant. When inhaled, the terpenes bind to certain cannabinoid receptors in the brain. The endocannabinoid system of the brain controls several functions. By binding with these receptors, the terpenes can affect mood and behavior.
Cannabis oils are used for aromatherapy like any other essential oils. They can be used alone or to enhance certain aspects of your medical marijuana. There are several ways to use cannabis oil for aromatherapy, including:
- Add a couple drops to a humidifier and inhale the steam. A cool humidifier is best for this. Inhaling warm steam can be therapeutic, but if it’s too hot you could burn your nasal passages.
- Using cannabis oil for massage will increase your opportunity to inhale the terpenes and relax. When using cannabis oil topically, it should be diluted with another oil. Mix a few drops of cannabis oil into your massage oil before applying. The aroma therapy will linger on your skin even after the massage.
- You can buy cannabis oil in a spray bottle and use it to create your own aromatherapy tools. You may spray it on a cache to carry with you for stress relief or on a pillow case for a relaxing nap.
- Put a few drops of cannabis oil on your diffuser and you can create a stress-free zone in your home. If you use an invigorating strain of cannabis, the oil will give you a lift whenever you smell it.
The AromaChill relaxation system, hand-held and huggable, with a soft mask to hold to your nose, is a new direct delivery aromatherapy method which delivers chilled and fragrant terpenes while enabling mindful breathing. This revolutionary system is highly effective in relieving stress and insomnia while protecting the terpenes from environmental overheating and oxidation. The nasal inhalation of chilled air can draw highly relaxing terpenes into the nose from cannabis essential oil, other essential oils, as well as herbs and flowers present in the system’s small aroma chamber. The delivery of slightly chilled air is possible by storing this system in the refrigerator or freezer, thus maximizing the relaxing effect of terpenes. The recipient’s mind is able to deeply sense the chilled, fragrant air passing through the nose into the lungs. This air is warmed in the lungs and then exhaled through the mouth.