HED: Terpenes 101: The importance of preserving terpenes in the extraction process

HED: Terpenes 101: The importance of preserving terpenes in the extraction process

To create the high-quality cannabis concentrates you need two things: good cannabis, and great extraction technology. Unfortunately, the latter is harder to come by.

Most technologies lose or damage terpenes during the extraction process, which significantly reduces the overall health benefits and quality of the end product.

The Extract Pro by Curran Technologies has made the extraction simple, with a special focus on the preservation of terpenes, so here’s why they are important.

Most cannabis aficionados have heard of cannabinoids and CBD but few understand the benefits of terpenes. Cannabinoids aren’t the only beneficial part of the cannabis plant. Terpenes, the volatile compounds present in cannabis, are responsible for the way the plants smell and taste—the reason why strains are experienced differently.
Terpenes are not only found in cannabis plants; mangoes contain a terpene called myrcene and the terpene linalool is responsible for lavender’s signature scent.

Terpenes are oils or waxes that naturally occur in the plant using the same glands that produce cannabinoids THC and CBD. Cannabinoids interact with the body’s natural endocannabinoid system, as do terpenes, therefore it is important to preserve terpenes during the extraction process to enjoy the full health benefits of cannabis.

Terpenes are surging in popularity as recent research shows their potential to treat cancer. Terpenes pinene, limonene, and linalool have anti-tumor properties which can stunt the growth of cancer-spreading cells.

The health benefits do not end there. Researchers have found that the interaction between terpenes, our own naturally-occurring cannabinoids and those found in cannabis can treat anxiety, depression, addiction, and fungal and bacterial infections.

Finally, the extraction process is critical to preserving terpenes, resulting in a highly potent and purified cannabis product.

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