Updated: Dec 9, 2020
If you're just getting started with terpenes, odds are you're wondering how each isolate can be used. Terpene isolates can be used in hemp, CBD, and cannabis products as well as concentrates, vapes, foods, beverages, and aromatherapy infusions. In fact, adding terpenes to health and beauty products, cosmetics, vaporizer cartridges and e-juice, foods and beverages, and aromatherapy infusions is a great way to add an extra boost of body-nourishing benefits to your products and make THC/CBD products more effective. This week, we're diving deeper into the herbaceous and woody terpene isolate known as Cadinene.
Cadinene terpenes have been used in the cosmetics and perfume industries for quite some time when creating products with light and herbaceous scents. Cadinene terpenes are most commonly extracted from the essential oils of basil plants and offer a fresh, woody, longifolone-esque scent. Cadinene terpenes can also be used in the food and beverage industries and are found in a variety of products that have a woody, herbal, or spicy patchouli flavor. However, in their natural state, they aren't soluble in water.
Cadinene terpenes have shown a lot of promise in people outside of ordinary flavor and scent enhancing settings. They have been well-documented as potent anti-inflammatory agents and have an uplifting and energizing affect on people when used in aromatherapy infusions. Much like other terpenes, they are also great at scrubbing bacteria and fungal spores from the air.
A handful of studies have been published about Cadinene terpenes and their many uses. Some studies suggest they act as an insecticide, anti-inflammatory agent, antioxidant, cancer killer, and antibacterial. When introduced to other terpenes and cannabinoids, Cadinene has shown to boost the effects of cannabinoids and other terpenes.
Below, we've covered everything you need to know about the uses and effects of Cadinene terpenes as well as where you can find them in nature. Just remember that science doesn't fully understand all of the effects and uses of Cadinene terpenes yet. While we have a basic understanding, further study on humans is still necessary to support and solidify all of the findings. Always talk to your doctor before beginning a new dietary supplement, even one with naturally-occurring terpenes like Cadinene.
Benefits of Cadinene Terpenes
Cadinene has several documented uses and benefits to our bodies and the world around us alike. For starters, like most terpenes, Cadinene is naturally antibacterial in nature. However, it also has antimicrobial effects against Staph infections and has been shown to have potent antifungal effects against pathogenic fungi, making it a viable choice in natural fungicides and cleaning products.
In the natural world, it plays a pretty big role in protecting plants. Cadinene terpenes are released in plants like cotton in response to bacterial infections, allowing the plant to remain healthy and reproduce. It has been found to be a potent insecticide against mosquitos as well as certain arachnids like ticks and mites. More interestingly is that many plants and insects that release Cadinene terpenes are Allelopathic. Allelopathy is a phenomenon where an organism will release certain biochemicals (in this case, Cadinene hydrocarbons) that influence the germination, growth, survival, and reproduction of other organisms.
When taken internally, Cadinene affects our body cells (and animal cells) in a handful of different ways. For starters, Cadinene is also a potent anti-inflammatory. Its ability to reduce inflammation can help in pain modulation. Interestingly, Cadinene terpenes are also potent antioxidants. From the obtained data, scientists concluded that Cadinene terpenes could provide a hope to produce an environment-friendly bioherbicide as well as act as a natural resource of antioxidants.
In the same vein, Cadinene terpenes have shown a ton of potential as an anticancer agent for aggressive forms of cancer, including ovarian and breast cancer. In one study, Cadinene was found to inhibit the growth of ovarian cancer cells via caspase-dependent apoptosis and cell cycle arrest. Much like Bisabolene terpenes, Cadanine terpenes were also found to be cytotoxic, like venom, against aggressive cancer cells without harming healthy cells.
While these aspects of Cadinene terpenes are documented well, there is also some anecdotal evidence surrounding how they affect a person during aromatherapies. Much like Pinene, Cadinene terpenes seem to have an energizing, yet mentally soothing effect that is frequently used for reducing the symptoms of anxiety. When taken with other terpenes or added to cannabinoids, Cadinene terpenes enhance absorption rates of cannabinoids in people, boosting their therapeutic effects.
All in all, Cadinene is a powerful sesquiterpene boasting a variety of health and therapeutic applications. Further study on this powerful terpene is needed to accurately assess its medicinal and wellness value, but science is already taking a closer look into this rarer terpene. We're excited to see how useful this terpene will be in due time.
Natural Sources of Cadinene Terpenes
Cadinene terpenes are a major component of basil essential oils. They can also be found in a variety of natural plants and fruits, including other herbs and spices like chamomile, thyme, and rosemary. It does exist in small concentrations in cannabis sativa species of hemp plants, though it is notably less common in flowering cannabis indica strains. It can usually be found alongside other sesquiterpenes and terpenes like Longifolene, Pinene, and b-Caryophyllene. Below is a list of plants that contain Cadinene terpenes.
TLDR; Cadinene Terpenes
- Insecticidal (spiders and mosquitos)
- Possible anti-anxiety
- Enhances absorption rates of cannabinoids, boosting their therapeutic effects
Common Uses of Cadinene Terpenes
Whether through your favorite fruits and spices or through an aromatherapy diffuser, Cadinene isolate smells and tastes great and does some pretty cool stuff both externally and within your body.
Cadinene terpenes can be safely added to all sorts of products to reduce inflammation, kill bacteria, and reduce the growth and spread of certain cancer cells. It can safely be eaten, drank, infused, and inhaled with a little bit of mixing. It can also be used to improve cannabis products like vapes and concentrates that may have lost cannabinoid potency or terpene content during extraction.
Add Cadinene terpenes to foods and beverages to enjoy the anti-inflammatory, antibacterial, and antioxidant properties within the whole body. A dash of water-soluble Cadinene terpenes in your favorite foods or beverages add a fresh and herbaceous yet woody flavor that can help to make you feel more energized and mentally relaxed.
Add Cadinene terpenes to essential oil diffusers and aromatherapy infusions to kill airborne bacteria, viruses, microbes, and fungal spores and help you breathe easier. The herbal, woody aroma is also great for promoting a relaxing yet energizing atmosphere to your daily routine.
Add Cadinene terpenes to cannabis concentrates and hemp oils made from strains with higher herbal or woody terpene content, such as Longifolene, Pinene, and b-Caryophyllene since Cadinene is found in the same family of sesquiterpenes and offers similar flavors and effects. Cadinene terpenes can make them smell and taste better and boost the potency of THC/CBD or other cannabinoid effects in a documented phenomenon known as the Entourage Effect.
Just keep in mind that not all terpenes are created equal. Different terpenes will always have different effects, but they're not all made the same. We know you have a choice when it comes to terpene providers, but no other choice comes close to our level of quality.
At Peak Supply Co, our Cadienene terpene isolates are extracted from all-natural food-grade fruit, flower, and nut oils in our state-of-the-art facility. With our proprietary extraction and refinement method, we remove plant materials and any leftover impurities, leaving behind the purest terpene isolates on the market. Best of all, we even offer sample packs so you can try them all.