Many people suffer from anxiety in today’s fast-paced world. The fact is, anxiety is one of the most common mental disorders affecting millions of Americans. For instance, social anxiety relates to that weird feeling a person gets when they are placed in a group of people. Victims of anxiety often feel judged, afraid, socially awkward, suffer from insomnia, amid other symptoms. However, the disorder is rarely life-threatening, and there are several remedies that can help you manage the condition.
Disclaimer: The article considers the different terpenes and what they do to the body. Anxiety is closely related to stress, depression, and has long lasting psychological consequences. Experts agree that terpenes can help reduce anxiety among individuals.
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What are Terpenes
Terpenes are aromatic chemical compounds that are found in fruits, herbs (including hemp), and flowers. They are responsible for the unique smell associated with some of your favorite CBD products.
Consider oranges and the feeling of freshness associated with the fruit once you pluck and peel it. What you are experiencing is mostly terpenes flooding your sensory organs to give you that chill, fruity feel.
Fact: Body senses (such as smell, sight, and sound) has the ability to affect our mood, emotions and can act as remedies for some psychological conditions. (source)
What Terpenes are good for anxiety
There exist numerous types of terpenes where each has its unique characteristics. Examples include myrcene, limonene, pinene, humulene, and others. Myrcene (which is common in mangos and cannabis plants) gives us a distinct mango smell and is responsible for the characteristic smell associated with some strains of cannabis.
These terpenes are good for dealing with anxiety
Caryophyllene is common in plants like basil, pepper, garlic, cinnamon, oregano, and lavender. The terpene has numerous health benefits (other than dealing with anxiety). Research suggests that caryophyllene is a good remedy for depression, acts as an anti-inflammatory agent, and offers pain relief.
Limonene is common in citrus fruits such as grape, lemon, lime, and orange. Studies suggest that the terpene also serves as an antidepressant, antioxidant, and as a mood enhancer. You might also find it in some cannabis, CBD strains. The use of Limonene as a treatment for anxiety and other psychological disorders highlights the importance of natural treatments in modern society.
You might have already heard about his one. Myrcene is a very common terpene. You can find it in plants such as thyme, fruits, and in some cannabis strains. Other than serving as a good treatment option for anxiety, myrcene also helps reduce depression and acts as a sedative.
Linalool emits the aroma of French lavender or bergamot oil. It is a very common terpene in nature (found in over 200 different plant species). You can find it in lilies, some species of peanuts, lavender, and a wide range of different herbs. The health benefits include the treatment of anxiety, epilepsy, insomnia, and depression. Besides, the terpene has the ability to lift a person’s mood.
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