CBD Terpenes and the Entourage Effect

Hemp has been around for thousands of years. But the first person who extracted CBD from its flowers only did so roughly fifty years ago. Cannabinoids and their medicinal benefits weren’t well researched until years later. Nevertheless, there’s been much advancement in the industry in the last few years. While CBD supplements are rapidly gaining popularity, state and federal lawmakers have made cannabinoids even more mainstream by decriminalizing CBD extracts, provided they include less than 0.3% THC. Since the Farm Bill passed in 2018, many CBD companies have emerged, and it’s challenging to separate the good from the bad.

In Ohio, where Maeve’s headquarters is located, hemp producers are licensed and regulated by the Ohio Department of Agriculture. The ODA has created regulations and oversights that are much needed in a new and unestablished industry. Their regulations are some the strictest, so you can rest assured that if your CBD is certified by the state of Ohio, it is high quality and third-party tested. Further, we pride ourselves on constant research and development. You can certainly purchase great quality oil from us. What really sets us apart is the amount of evidence-based research that goes into each of our formulations. Maeve CBD Terpene is a prime example.

  • What are Terpenes?
  • Benefits of Terpenes
  • How Do Terpenes work?
  • Cannabis, Hemp CBD, and Terpenes. What’s the difference?
  • Are terpenes such as Pinene, Limonene, Linalool, and Myrcene only found in cannabis?
  • Maeve CBD Terpenes Extracts
  • What is Terpene Profile?
  • Most common terpenes and their benefits
  • Do Terpenes get you high?
  • Will Terpenes Show Up on a Drug Test?

What are Terpenes?

Broadly speaking, terpenes are natural aromatic compounds found in both plants and animals and play an important role in the way a plant looks, smells, and tastes. If you have ever been energized by the scent of an orange peel or calmed by the unique aroma of lavender essential oils, you have encountered terpenes. However, terpenes are much more important than being responsible for scents or colors. They attract pollinators and repel predators; they also help plants recover from damage and boost plant immune function.

How Do Terpenes work? 

Terpenes work in numerous ways with the human body other than the sensory experience. Scientists have speculated that terpenes and cannabinoids can work together to produce enhanced benefits – a phenomenon known as the entourage effect. For example, limonene, caryophyllene, and pinene are terpenes found in abundance in cannabis and hemp. They work side by side with THC to boost benefits. Linalool, a terpene found abundantly in lavender and the cannabis plant also has a special synergetic relationship with its surrounding cannabinoids.

Although both terpenes and cannabinoids are found in hemp plants, they affect the body in different ways. Cannabinoids like THC directly latch onto cannabinoid receptors in the body to produce effects, whereas most terpenes interface with other receptors. Some terpenes are both cannabinoid and terpene and bind to CB2 receptors of the endocannabinoid system.

Cannabis, Hemp CBD, and Terpenes 

Of all plants that carry medicinal terpenes, the *Cannabis Sativa plant has the most. Two hundred of the known terpene varieties are created by cannabis. Terpenes have the potential to completely change the hemp and cannabis industry. The discovery of a synergistic relationship between cannabinoids and terpenes could set the stage for a future of carefully tailored extracts designed for specific conditions and experiences.

If you are familiar with the terms Sativa and Indica, you know that Sativa is a term used to describe strains of cannabis that create an uplifting, euphoric high. This might be helped by its high concentration of terpenes like pinene and limonene. Limonene gives Sativa is a distinctive citrusy smell. On the contrary, in strains known as Indicas, the most abundant terpenes are myrcene and humulene. Those terpenes bring an earthy aroma and have many soothing effects.

Cannabis flowers and cannabis extracts naturally contain terpenes. A cannabis plant’s THC content is typically between 15-30%, while terpenes make up around 3-5%. Broad-spectrum and full-spectrum CBD products, extracted from the hemp plants, also naturally contain cannabis terpenes. CBD isolate products do not contain any terpenes; therefore, they could not produce entourage effects.

We know Presidential OG Kush, a legendary cannabis strain, has as its dominant terpenes Myrcene, Limonene, and Caryophyllene. CBD Terpenes was created to mimic the terpene fingerprint of Presidential OG Kush. In addition, our Broad-Spectrum Hemp Extracts are from hemp genetics that contains natural and beneficial terpenes such as Humulene and Beta-Caryophyllene.

*We use the term Cannabis Sativa to include both hemp plants and cannabis.

Are terpenes such as Pinene, Limonene, Linalool, and Myrcene only found in cannabis?

Absolutely not! As natural compounds, terpenes exist in all plants. Pinene, as the name indicates, is found in pine trees and pine needles. Limonene is found in peels of citrus fruits such as lemon. Lavender has an abundance of Linalool and Myrcene in basil, mangos, hops, and lemongrass.

Maeve Synergy Blends

By carefully selecting specific terpenes from natural plant sources and blending them to match different terpene profiles of popular cannabis strains, we can tailor your CBD experience by maximizing the entourage effect, and dial-in the health benefits. Maeve Synergy Blends contain cannabinoids such as CBD, CBG, CBN, and terpenes. From Sativa to hybrid to Indica, we’ve selected terpene blends for focus, energize, sooth,e and other benefits.

Sativa: Rainbow Chip and Pineapple Express

Hybrid: Sherblato

Indica: Dolato and Ice Cream Cake

Our terpene strain fingerprints are natural, organic, and food-grade aroma compounds sourced from the highest quality plant-derived botanical materials.  

What is a Terpene Profile?

A terpene profile or fingerprint refers to the unique cocktail of aromatic molecules within each plant. Every strain possesses a unique terpene profile made up of varying percentages of different molecules. The most common terpenes usually grow abundantly, along with hundreds of other minor terpenes that occur at a lower rate.

 There are over 200 known terpenes and here are some of the most common terpenes and their benefits

 Myrcene. One of the most common terpenes associated with cannabis. It has a dank, earthy, and herbal scent. Despite being the smallest terpene by molecular size, myrcene can have powerful effects on the body’s comfort level. It is also known to produce sleepy feelings. Besides being the most abundant terpene in cannabis, it is also found in mango, hops, thyme, and lemongrass.

Limonene. Commonly found in the rinds of citrus fruits, Limonene’s scent is one of lemons and oranges. Limonene may help boost mood and reduce discomfort. It is also found in mint, juniper, rosemary, and pine.

Caryophyllene. One of the most exciting terpenes, Caryophyllene is found in cloves, cinnamon, and black pepper. It has a spicy, woody aroma. The Caryophyllene terpene is unique because it may interact with the endocannabinoid system, just like cannabinoids. Furthermore, it may help feelings of discomfort and produce a relaxing effect.

Humulene: Another common terpene in cannabis in high concentrations, Humulene is best described as ‘hoppy.’ It’s also found in many teas, thanks to its presence in sage and ginseng.

Do Terpenes get you high? 

Terpenes do not cause any psychoactive effects. However, they may work in more subtle ways to enhance mood.

Will Terpenes Show Up on a Drug Test?

If you are taking Maeve brand of CBD and Synergy Blends, they will not. This is because those products are certified THC-free by a third party. To understand the difference between full-spectrum CBD products and Broad Spectrum, read more in this blog post. If you take a full-spectrum CBD oil with terpenes added to it, you might be at risk of failing a drug test.


Warning: above statements have not been evaluated by the US food and Drug Administration. It is not a supplemental dietary product. If you have serious medical condition or use prescription medications, please follow your doctor’s advice before using any products with CBD. Keep out of reach of children and pets. Please visit our website for Privacy Policy.


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