What you need to know about Focus and Energy Terpene Formulations

(In case you missed it, check out our “Terpenes 101” article to learn the basics about terpenes and their role in cannabis and hemp.)

Many adults struggle with the ability to focus and concentrate. In our busy, always-connected, modern world, it’s not getting any easier. Technology overload, emotional stress, and lack of adequate sleep can make it difficult to buckle down and focus on the tasks at hand. Our Focus & Energy Terpene Formulation was created with this in mind, utilizing a specific blend of terpenes selected to support alertness and help reign in a scattered, tired brain.

Below, we break down the major components of our Focus & Energy Terpene Formulation:

Limonene:

One of the most common cannabis terpenes, limonene is recognized by its strong, sweet citrus aroma. Not surprisingly, limonene is found in the rinds of lemons, oranges, and other citrus fruits, as well as juniper, rosemary, and palo santo.

Limonene is known for its uplifting and energizing effects, and is commonly used to aid depression and insomnia. Limonene can also help to ease anxiety, which can be a common cause of procrastination.

A-pinene:

Alpha-pinene, or A-pinene, is a strong smelling terpene with aromas of pine needles and rosemary. It’s found in conifer trees, rosemary, eucalyptus, and surprisingly, orange peels. A-pinene has anti-inflammatory properties, and can be used to treat asthma – it acts as a bronchodilator to improve respiratory function.

In the case of our Focus and Energy formulation, we chose A-pinene for its ability to increase mental focus, alertness, and memory retention. It does this by inhibiting an enzyme called acetylcholinesterase, which breaks down acetylcholine – an essential neurotransmitter that regulates communication between the nervous system and the body.

Eucalyptol:

As you might have guessed, eucalyptol is most abundantly found in the leaves of the eucalyptus tree. It has a minty, camphor-like, cooling aroma, and boasts strong anti-bacterial and antioxidant properties.

Several studies show that eucalyptol can improve cognition and enhance memory and learning, which is why it is being explored for its potential in treating neurodegenerative diseases such as Alzheimer’s.

Myrcene:

Found in mango, hops, lemongrass, and many other plants, myrcene is another one of the most abundant terpenes found in cannabis, and has an earthy, spicy aroma reminiscent of cardamom and cloves. High myrcene levels result in sedating/couchlock effect, but in our Focus and Energy formula, only a small amount is used to help increase the bioavailability of CBD and regulate mood. 

Myrcene can boost the production of mood-regulating neurotransmitters, dopamine and GABA, which can help relieve the symptoms of anxiety and depression that can contribute to scattered thoughts and lack of motivation. 

RESOURCES:

– “15 Terpenes in Cannabis, Explained” https://cannacon.org/15-terpenes-cannabis-explained/

– “Blending Cannabis Oils and Terpenes: Find Your Effect” https://www.doctorpauls.co/terpenes

– “What is Limonene, and What Does This Cannabis Terpene Do?” https://www.leafly.com/news/cannabis-101/what-is-limonene-and-what-are-the-benefits-of-this-cannabis-terpe

– “Know Your Cannabis Terpenes: Limonene” https://www.hellomd.com/health-wellness/5a8e1261f24d1300077ccb5b/know-your-cannabis-terpenes-limonene

– “Know Your Terpenes: Alpha and Beta Pinene” https://www.wikileaf.com/thestash/terpenes-pinene/

– “5 Alpha-Pinene Health Benefits Your Brand Needs to Crush the Competition” https://abstraxtech.com/blogs/education/alpha-pinene-health-benefits

– “Eucalyptol and Its Role in Chronic Diseases” https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/27771935

– “Plasma 1,8-cineole correlates with cognitive performance following exposure to rosemary essential oil aroma” 

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3736918/

– “1,8-cineole (eucalyptol) mitigates inflammation in amyloid Beta toxicated PC12 cells: relevance to Alzheimer’s disease.”

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/24379109

– “Know Your Cannabis Terpenes: Myrcene” https://www.hellomd.com/health-wellness/5be271ec26ef630008f055c2/know-your-cannabis-terpenes-myrcene