Terpene Isolates 101: Cedrene
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 fresh, cedar-wood scented isolate known as Cedrene.
Cedrene is a secondary terpene found in cannabis and comes with a very appealing sweet woody fragrance. It's found most often in the oils of cedar and pine trees. Its fresh scent is often used as perfumes in soaps, candles, deodorants, air fresheners, cleaning agents, and insect repellants.
Several studies have been published on Cedrene's effects and have found it to be antiseptic, antibacterial, anti-inflammatory, and insecticidal properties. I'ts been used throughout history in medicinal balms, salves, and tinctures and continues to be used to disinfect wounds, soothe congestion, repel insects, and even treat acne.
Below, we're covering everything you need to know about the uses, effects, and natural sources of Cedrene terpenes. Keep in mind that the scientific community is still studying Cedrene terpenes, so we don't have every effect of this isolate narrowed down yet. That said, there may still be unknown side effects of Cedrene terpenes. Always talk to your doctor before beginning a new dietary supplement, even one with naturally occurring terpenes like Cedrene.
Benefits of Cedrene Terpenes
Cedrene terpenes come with a handful of health benefits and effects according to a few scientific evaluations. Most studies have been conducted on essential oils containing 20% or more of Cedrene terpenes in addition to other terpenes since it's difficult to narrow down specific effects of individual isolates. Terpenes are known to work in synergy to boost the effects of one another in a phenomenon known as the entourage effect, which is part of the reason they're always studied together.
With that said, Cedrene has several internal and external uses. Externally, Cedrene is commonly used in commercial cleaners and disinfectants for its anti-bacterial, anti-microbial, and anti-fungal properties. It's also an astringent, like apple cider vinegar or witch hazel, and has been used as a toner and tightener in some skin-care products. Its fresh, woody scent also irritates and repels certain insects.
When taken internally, Cedrene terpenes are also potent anti-inflammatories, like most other terpenes. It can also reduce pain and inflammation in topical applications, making it useful in treating painful acne as well as sore muscles. Its scent is used in aromatherapy infusions for its uplifting, anxiety-reducing mental effects that leave the mind feeling relaxed, de-stressed, and focused. Some studies indicate it may be good for enhancing memory as it also acts as a neuroprotective and immune system booster. Last but not least, a few studies suggest that Cedrene plays an important role in killing tumor cells in human tissues, and that in combination with Cedrol, it can help to kill liver, lung, and oral cancer cells.
All in all, Cedrene is a powerful terpene 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 it will be in due time.
Natural Sources of Cedrene Terpenes
Cedrene terpenes can be found in a few different plants, but primarily in cedar trees. They can also be found in fenugreek, juniper, cypress trees, and some strains of cannabis, presenting a sweet, fresh wood aroma. They're usually found alongside terpenes like Pinene and Limonene. They can be found in strains like Tangerine Dream, Jack Herer, and OG Kush. Below are a few other plants that contain Cedrene.
TLDR; Cedrene Terpenes:
Anti-anxiety, with focusing and mentally lifting effects
Common Uses of Cedrene Terpenes
Whether through your favorite fruits and spices or through an aromatherapy diffuser, Cedrene isolate smells and tastes great and does some pretty cool stuff both externally and within your body.
Cedrene terpenes can be safely added to all sorts of products to reduce inflammation, improve your mood and memory, treat coughs, and kill 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 Cedrene terpenes to foods and beverages to enjoy the anti-inflammatory, antibacterial, and pain-relieving properties within the whole body. A dash of water-soluble Cedrene terpenes in your favorite foods or beverages add a sweet and woody flavor that can help to make you feel more relaxed, reduce stress, and boost your mood and memory.
Add Cedrene terpenes to essential oil diffusers and aromatherapy infusions to kill airborne bacteria and microbes to help you breathe easier. The fresh, woody aroma is also great for promoting a relaxing, stress-free atmosphere to your daily routine or a great way to unwind at night.
Add Cedrene terpenes to cannabis concentrates and hemp oils made from strains with higher pine or citrus terpene content, such as Pinene and Limonene since Cedrene is often found alongside these terpenes and offers similar flavors and effects. Cedrene 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 equally. 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 Cedrene 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.