What is Aromatherapy?
Aromatherapy has been considered an “alternative” medicine for decades, although recent research shows that it actually is efficient, and science has taken a turn to study the efficiency and possibilities of this treatment, which can without a doubt provide health benefits!
How Does Aromatherapy Work?
Aromatherapy works via aromas, which are present in flowers, plants and essential oils that, when absorbed via inhalation, are absorbed into your blood flow.
Terpenes are the big player in this situation; they are the aromatic molecules present in almost every single plant. Through them, aromatherapy offers different benefits that can be useful for treating issues that not only affect the body, but the mind too.
Aromatherapy and Different Cannabis Terpene Profiles
There are many plants that produce useful terpenes for aromatherapy; some examples are lavender, which has high amounts of Linalool, a terpene with relaxing properties, or citric strains which contain Limonene, which can improve the mood, among other things.
But… What makes cannabis so special? Well, its terpene composition, which is contains some of the most terpenes (over 40 terpenes per strain). Cannabis terpene profiles are an amazing tool for aromatherapy, as they combine (in different proportions according to the strain) a large number of terpenes that have multiple benefits and can be used therapeutically.
It’s thanks to this complex composition that cannabis produces such varied, useful effect – they combine properties produced by different molecules such as caryophyllene, terpinolene or myrcene.
Knowing the exact proportion of terpenes in a profile is key to knowing what effects they can have in aromatherapy, which is why each terpene profile has a graph that indicates the approximate proportion of their main terpenes.
How are Cannabis Terpene Profiles used in Aromatherapy?
The benefits that cannabis terpene profiles offer in aromatherapy are provided via inhaling the molecules in very small quantities from the air.
Various techniques and instruments can be sued to achieve this, for example:
- Scented Candles using terpene profiles.
- Essential oils: terpenes can be mixed in different proportions using massage oils, which aren’t just good for the skin; it’s also a way to absorb terpenes through the skin.
- Diffusers: nowadays there are plenty of devices designed to spread aromas evenly in your home, for a nice experience all through the day.