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Introduction to the Uses and Benefits of Terpenes 

Cannabis plants consist of wide variety of compounds and chemicals. About one hundred forty of these are part of a huge class of terpenes (pronounced as tur-peens) or also known as aromatic organic hydrocarbons. Aside from that, you might have also heard some individuals talk about the terpenoids. The words terpenoid and terpene are common used interchangeably, even though these words are different from each other. As a matter of fact, the primary difference between these two is that the terpenes are hydrocarbons which means that the only elements found there are hydrogen and carbon. While, on the other hand, the terpenoids have been already denatured by oxidation (curing and drying the flowers) or the chemicals have been modified. 

In addition to that, the Denver terpenes are produced in secretory cells of cannabis inside the glandular trichomes and the synthetization is raised with some exposure to light. These terpenes are usually found in greater concentrations in an unfertilized female cannabis flowers before the senescence (a process or a condition of aging). The essential oils are produced from plant materials by the process of vaporization or steam distillation. A lot of terpenes vaporize at a similar temperature as the THC (which boils at 157°C), however, most terpenes are more volatile compared to the others. The terpenes also play a very vital role by giving the plant the natural protection from insects, fungus, bacteria and other stresses in the environment. 

It’s well established that the cannabis is able to affect a person’s behavior, emotions and mind. The primary psychotropic cannabinoid known as the delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol or the THC has been vigorously studied but still, a lot of the other flavonoids, terpenoids and cannabinoids are found in the therapeutic marijuana which play a large role in increasing its therapeutic effect remain understudied and do not have concrete evidence. 

 The terpenes are the usual constituents of flagrances and flavorings. Unlike the cannabinoids, the terpenes are responsible for the sweet scent of the cannabis. Other agencies such as the FDA have basically recognized terpenes to be safe. Terpenes act on neurotransmitters and receptors. They are prone to integrate with or melt in fats or lipids. In addition to that, they also act as the serotonin uptake inhibitors (same as Prozac, an antidepressant). They also enhance norepinephrine activities (similar to Elavil, a tricyclic antidepressant).  

What are the Flavonoids? 

The flavonoids are large nutrient families that are known to most scientist and include more than 6,000 identified family members. About twenty compounds included such as orientin, luteolin, kaempferol, isovitexin, vitexin, β-sitosterol, quercetin, cannflavin A and B (unique to cannabis) and lastly, the apigenin have already been named in the cannabis plants. The flavonoids are well-known for their anti-inflammatory and antioxidant therapeutic effects and also their condition of energetic color to some of the foods we ingest (red in raspberries or blue in blueberries). 

 Some of the flavonoids that are extracted from a cannabis plant have been proven for pharmacological effects and most of the clinical findings are incredibly promising. 

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Effective Ways to Nourish the Skin 

The skin is the largest organ of the body, without mentioning that it is also the most exposed part. It reveals a lot about you and may even indicate some health issues or problems.  

The skin protects everything in the body and serves as the barrier that houses all other organs, and this is why it is essential to keep it healthy besides wanting to appear younger and more attractive.  

Different factors damage the skin including natural aging, genetics, and certain health conditions like cancer and diabetes. External factors also damage the skin including washing frequently with hot water, exposing the skin under the sun without protection, and having a bad lifestyle in general. Moreover, stress, lack of sleep, smoking, dehydration, and more also damage the skin and make it appear dry and older.  

Besides using organic products like butter whipped soap, liquid soap, and others, there are doable yet effective ways you can do to nourish the skin. 

1. have adequate time on sleeping  

Chronic sleep deprivation causes a lot of health problems such as obesity, diabetes, immune deficiency, and cancer, not to mention a significant effect on your skin and aging. It is during sleep that your body enters the repair mode which also rejuvenates your skin, blood, and muscles and without adequate sleep, your body would also have inadequate time in repairing cells in your body. People that do not have enough time in sleeping have high risks of premature aging, which also affects skin health. This slows down the skin’s ability to protect itself from the sun’s UV rays and other environmental stressors. 

2. have a healthy diet 

Your diet also greatly determines your overall health, especially your skin. While products do repair on a surface level, a good diet can nourish you inside out. Thus, having a nice complexion starts with eating healthy food in a good proportion.  

The following are the nutritious food you can eat that nourish your skin: 

  • Tomatoes – research has found out that tomatoes decreased skin cancer development when consumed daily. Besides this, tomatoes also make your skin appear supple and pinkish. 
  • Mangoes – mangoes have antioxidants that protect the skin from harmful elements and protect the skin’s collagen.  
  • Green tea – green teas are generally healthy for the body. Specifically for skin, it contains polyphenols that rejuvenate the skin cells, making you look younger.  
  • Olive oil – consuming olive oil is linked to lower chances of having severe facial photoaging which comes with dark spots, wrinkles, and discoloration that are result in long-term exposure to UV light.  

3. always keep your skin moisturized  

When your skin is dry, the more skin damage it gets. This is why it is important to keep your skin hydrated and moisturized as it keeps the skin healthy. Besides the moisturizer you see in the market, you can also do the following to keep your skin moisturized: 

  • Only spend 5 to 10 minutes in bathing as excessive washing leaves the skin dry because it washed off the skin’s natural oil 
  • Do not use abrasive scrubs, wash cloths, and bath sponges because they damage the skin’s surface 
  • Use hypoallergenic cleaning detergents