WHAT ARE THE BENEFITS AND DO TERPENES GET YOU HIGH?
Terpenes play a large role in hemp’s ability to provide health and wellness benefits and there’s a common misconception that terpenes are responsible for the ability to get you high. To answer the question of, “Do terpenes get you high?” No. In fact, the narrative around hemp’s terpenes providing a high is totally false. The terpenes found in hemp are found throughout the plant kingdom and are not psychoactive. Terpenes are known to work in conjunction with other compounds in the plant in order to enhance the therapeutic effect of hemp on the body. The main psychoactive cannabinoid in cannabis is delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), which exists in low quantities in hemp (below 0.3%).
Terpenes are aromatic compounds that provide mood-enhancing and other health benefits to humans, and there is no way for you to get a “high” or buzz from the compounds themselves. However, there has been some evidence to support that terpenes work in conjunction with other bioactives to enhance the psychoactive properties of THC; for instance, myrcene. Myrcene is known for its antifungal and antibacterial properties, as well as its strong fragrant properties.
There is still plenty of research needed to be done to support how terpenes alone are able to bestow their therapeutic properties, as well as how they interact with our body’s receptors. Existing research studies indicate the beneficial properties that terpenes have been observed to provide. Some of the medicinal values of terpenes include its anti-inflammatory properties, the ability to enhance skin penetration, and antimicrobial properties.