Welcome to the Talking Terpenes: Cliff Notes education series. This collection of articles summarizes the science of one of the most common types of molecules in nature, terpenes, into an easy read for the average consumer. New articles will be released periodically that explore their characteristics, including many health benefits, offered by terpenes and—more specifically—terpene blends.
This time, we're looking at the "Trainwreck Blend." It's a product made up of different terpenes that have been carefully chosen and mixed together. Our scientists wanted to make sure that each terpene worked well together, with special consideration of the entourage effect while creating this blend's terpene profile. It was also important to make sure that the right taste and effect would occur when using it.
Understanding Trainwreck Terpenes
The Trainwreck Blend made by Extract Consultants has a special smell that's sweet and spicy. This smell comes from something called terpenes, which are natural compounds found in plants. The Trainwreck Blend smells like the plant Trainwreck that it's designed after. Trainwreck is a mix of uplifting sativas from Mexico and Thailand with calming indicas from Afghanistan.
Unique Aroma Profile
The Trainwreck Blend smells like a mix of sweet lemon, spicy cedar pine, and earthy scents. This blend has a special mix of four terpenes: alpha-pinene, beta-pinene, limonene, and terpinolene, all in the right amounts to make it smell like the original Trainwreck plant. The blend is made without any harmful chemicals, so as a solvent-free product it's very safe to use. The Trainwreck Blend doesn't have any CBD or THC either, which means you can use it without worrying about how it will affect you.
Carefully Curated Botanical Sources
To make sure that the Trainwreck Blend is always the same, the plants we get our terpenes from are carefully chosen. We want to make sure that we can always have access to the same botanical sources, so the blend will always be the same. This helps make sure that every time someone uses our Trainwreck Blend, it will work the same way and they'll have a good experience.
Pinene is a kind of terpene that comes in two types, alpha and beta. Alpha-pinene is more common than beta-pinene, and it smells fresh, earthy, and musky. Beta-pinene smells similar, but with more spice. Pinene comes from different plants, but mostly from pines and other trees with needles. It's also in things like basil, cannabis, and oranges. People use pinene to make things smell good or taste good in food and cosmetics. Some research shows that pinene might be good for people's health.
Medicinal Research on Alpha Pinene
Alpha-pinene can be good for people's health. In a study published in 2019, scientists found that alpha-pinene has different positive effects on the body. Alpha-pinene can be used as a medicine to fight infections, like viruses and bacteria. It can also help protect the stomach and the brain. The scientists found that alpha-pinene might even be able to help treat some diseases, like malaria and a heart infection called endocarditis.
Strains that feature alpha pinene include:
- Durbin Poison
- GG#4 (Gorilla Glue #4)
- White Widow
- Northern Lights
- Fruity Pebbles
- Tahoe OG
- GSC (Girl Scout Cookies)
Beta-pinene is a terpene that has a spicy smell and is less common than alpha-pinene. It can help treat asthma and allergies by expanding the lungs. Beta-pinene is also a painkiller, helps reduce inflammation, and may be helpful for patients with Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s disease.
Medicinal Research on Beta Pinene
Scientists did a study in 2011 to see how helpful alpha-pinene and beta-pinene are in fighting a sickness called infectious bronchitis virus (IBV). They found that both types of pinene have the ability to fight this sickness, which means they could be used to help make medicine to treat it.
Strains that feature beta pinene include:
Limonene, also known as D-Limonene, is a major terpene, and it can be found in many types of hemp and cannabis. It smells like lemons, limes, and oranges! People like it because it can help make it easier to breathe for those with asthma, bronchitis, and allergies. Limonene is also used as a biofuel because it can burn.
Medicinal Research on D-Limonene
Scientists did a study in 2017 to learn more about how limonene can help our bodies. They found that limonene has good effects on our immune system, can fight against some types of cancer, and can help people with asthma and allergies. The scientists also found that limonene can help treat a condition called ulcerative colitis, which affects the colon. They said that limonene could be a new and helpful way to treat this condition.
Strains that feature limonene include:
Terpinolene is a smell that is like flowers mixed with sweet pine and citrus. It comes from many different plants like rosemary and tea tree. People use terpinolene to make food taste better, keep bugs away, and even make plastic! It can also help fight against cancer and be good for your health because of its antioxidant power.
Medicinal Research on Terpinolene
A group of scientists did a study in 2013 on terpinolene. They found out that terpinolene can help stop brain tumor cells from growing and may be able to help fight cancer. The scientists concluded that terpinolene is a powerful substance that can fight cancer cells.
Strains that contain terpinolene include:
There are more than 40,000 types of terpenes, and the cannabis/hemp plant has around 200 of them. The Trainwreck Blend by Extract Consultants is a mixture of terpenes that have been tested and proven to have health benefits like fighting cancer, reducing inflammation, and helping the brain work better. When the terpenes are used together in the right amounts, they work together in something called the entourage effect. For example, one of the terpenes in the blend, called limonene, helps the other terpenes get into the body better. People who have cancer, arthritis, or Alzheimer’s disease may benefit from using the Trainwreck Blend.