Welcome to Talking Terpenes: Cliff Notes, the educational series that offers a quick look into the biochemistry of the aromatic molecules produced by cannabis, hemp, and 20,000 other species in the plant kingdom called terpenes.
One important thing terpenes do is help plants survive by repelling pests and predators, and attracting pollinators like insects and humans. But did you know that terpenes can also help humans in different ways? They can potentially provide benefits for our health and lifestyle by interacting with something in our bodies called the endocannabinoid system.
Extract Consultants is here to teach you about all the different ways terpenes can help us. We'll explore the unique and interesting flavors and aromas that terpenes can create, and how they have been used in things like food, drinks, medicines, and perfumes for thousands of years.
In this edition of our blog, we'll focus on the popular Extract Consultants terpene flavor: Wedding Cake Solvent Free Terpene Flavor.
Introduction to Wedding Cake Terpenes
The Wedding Cake Terpene Flavor has natural molecules called terpenes that give it a sweet and fruity smell and taste with a hint of vanilla. Some of the terpenes that make up the flavor are alpha bisabolol, camphene, d-limonene, alpha humulene, and l-limonene, as well as a special molecule called vanillin. Vanillin is not a terpene it is an aldehyde, which enhances the flavor’s great smell and taste.
Vanillin is usually made in a lab and used in most food and drinks, but our Wedding Cake Terpene Flavor uses only natural flavors that come from plants. We use organic vanillin instead of the usual kind made in a lab.
Sometimes called Pink Cookies, Wedding Cake is a strain that comes from crossing two other strains called Cherry Pie and GSC. It's a mix of two kinds of plant effects, which can make you feel both relaxed and stimulated. The mix of terpenes in Wedding Cake might help with things like feeling sad, anxious, or not being able to sleep. It might also help with problems in your stomach.
Extract Consultants makes flavors that have more than just nice smells. We also add other things like aldehydes, esters, hydroxyls, and ketones to make them taste and smell even better. Vanillin is among these things in the aldehyde family, and is a natural chemical that makes things taste and smell like vanilla. It comes from vanilla beans and is used in things like food, drinks, medicine, and perfume. It's also very popular in ice cream!
A long time ago, in 1858, a man named Nicolas-Theodore Gobley found vanillin in France. Later, in 1874 German scientists, Ferdinand Tiemann and Wilhelm Haarmann, figured out how it was made and how to make a lot of it. They started a company in Germany in 1875 called Haarmann & Raimer, which produced a lot of vanillin for use in people’s favorite things.
Medicinal Research on Vanillin
Scientists have done studies on vanillin to see if it can help with people's health. One study in 2007 found that vanillin and other parts of vanilla extract may help keep food fresh and benefit people's health.
Another study in 2018 used mice to see how vanillin affects obesity. The study found that vanillin can help reduce obesity and might also help with other problems related to obesity, like high blood sugar and inflammation.
A third study in 2020 looked at how vanillin might help people with health problems like fevers, stomach problems, and heart problems. The study found that vanillin might have properties that could help with these issues and also help fight inflammation and infections.
Strains that feature vanillin include:
Alpha-bisabolol is a minor terpene that is found in plants like hemp, chamomile, and candeia trees. It has a nice, light smell that is a mix of flowers, citrus, and spice. People have been using it in cosmetics for a long time because it can help keep skin healthy. Alpha-bisabolol can also be good for your health because it can help reduce pain, fight cancer, and stop inflammation. It can even help kill germs and protect your body from damage.
Medical Research of Alpha Bisabolol
Scientists have done a lot of research on α-bisabolol and found that it can be helpful in fighting cancer and bacterial infections. A 2004 study showed that it caused cancer cells to die, while leaving normal cells unharmed. Another study in 2011 found that it can kill harmful bacteria and fungi, and can be used safely in things like cosmetics and food. Lastly, in a 2018 study scientists found that it can help treat a tropical disease called leishmaniasis. These findings suggest that α-bisabolol has many potential benefits for our health.
Strains that feature alpha bisabolol include:
Camphene is a terpene that is found in plants like pine trees, ginger, and rosemary. It can help with fighting bacteria, reducing swelling, helping your heart, and it might even be able to help fight cancer. Its aroma is similar to myrcene and it is often combined with pinene. People use it in food and to make things smell good.
Medical Research on Camphene
Camphene has many health benefits like helping the body fight cancer cells and reducing stress on cells. A study in 2009 showed that camphene made cells stronger and better at fighting cancer. Another study in 2015 found that camphene displayed antitumor activity and helped stop the growth of melanoma, a type of skin cancer. This suggests that camphene could be used in cancer treatment.
Strains that contain camphene include:
A 2019 study found that d-limonene is a type of terpene found in things like lemon trees, oranges, and other plants. It smells like lemons and is often used to add flavor and fragrance to foods like candies, drinks, and ice cream. It's also used in many beauty products like makeup and lotions because of its pleasant smell.
Medicinal Research on D-Limonene
D-Limonene has been found to help fight cancer, reduce swelling, and improve digestion. A 1998 study looked at how safe it is for people with cancer to use d-limonene. The study found that it is in fact safe and might even help treat the cancer. Another study from 2007 found confirmed these results.
D-limonene can also help with some other health problems. For example, it can help dissolve gallstones and relieve heartburn. Some studies show that it can even help prevent cancer from developing. One study found that it helped people with breast and colorectal cancer.
Strains that feature limonene include:
Humulene is a type of aromatic chemical found in many plants like cannabis, oranges, and pine. It has a smell that is earthy and spicy, and it can be used to help with things like fighting bacteria, reducing inflammation, and suppressing appetite. Because it can make people less hungry, it may be helpful for people with eating disorders like type 2 diabetes or obesity.
Strains that feature humulene include:
L-limonene is a molecule that gives off a strong smell like pine or citrus. There are two types of limonene, d-limonene smells more like citrus and is more common, while l-limonene smells more like pine and is found in certain types of cannabis and other plants.
People say that l-limonene can make them feel energized and happy. Both types of limonene can help reduce swelling and protect cells in your body. They might also help people with stomach conditions like Crohn's disease or asthma and bronchitis. Limonene could even be a treatment for some kinds of cancer.
Medicinal Research of L-Limonene
A 2013 study looked at L-Limonene and other substances that might help fight inflammation and cancer. The researchers found that substances with L-Limonene and other terpenes could help reduce inflammation and might even help treat cancer too.
Another study in 2019 looked at both types of Limonene and found they might help with diabetes, cancer, pain, and inflammation. They also found that Limonene is safe to consume and is often used as a flavor and smell in food. The researchers claim that Limonene could be used to help prevent diseases and might be used along with medicine.
Strains that feature limonene include:
The Wedding Cake Solvent Free Terpene Flavor from Extract Consultants smells and tastes sweet and fruity because of the mix of terpenes and special vanilla component in it. These terpenes have been studied and might help with different illnesses, like fighting cancer and reducing inflammation. One of the ingredients in particular, vanillin, could also help with anxiety and stomach problems. So, the Wedding Cake Terpene Profile doesn't just taste good, it might also be good for you!