For thousands of years, before modern medicine, people from all over the world have used plants and their high-terpene natural oils to treat a variety of conditions. Terpenes, being the glue that binds the cannabinoids to the receptors in our endocannabinoid system, are what determines the psychoactive and medicinal effects of the various strains.
Over 100 different terpenes have been identified in the cannabis plant, and every strain tends toward a unique terpene type and composition. Nature’s Choice terpene formulas are all-natural, non-THC, non-CBD and patent pending.
MCT Coconut Oil
Fractionated coconut oil, also known as MCT coconut oil, is a particularly healthy and effective carrier oil used in Nature’s Choice terpene formulas. While it is derived from the same source (coconuts) as the coconut oil normally used for cooking, fractionated coconut oil contains medium-chain triglycerides, which prevent it from solidifying in cooler temperatures.
MCT (which stands for medium-chain triglycerides) is a synthetically-produced oil that is a combination of both coconut oil and palm oil. It’s believed to be superior to the pure versions of each oil, as all of the long-chain triglycerides (which are difficult to metabolize and usually end up as stored fat) have been removed.
MCTs, on the other hand, are very efficiently metabolized and are almost immediately available to the body as an energy supply. Another reason Nature’s Choice uses fractionated coconut oil is its lack of flavor. While other types of coconut oils might have a strong coconut flavor, fractionated does not. This makes it ideal for creating flavored tinctures like ours.
Beta-caryophyllene (ß-caryophyllene) is perhaps the most commonly encountered terpene in both nature and household products. It is found in an abundance of cannabis strains as well as non-cannabis plants. ß-caryophyllene’s distinctive flavor and aroma contributes to the spiciness of black pepper. Because it is so frequently encountered in foods, it is one of the few terpenes that the fda recognizes as “safe” to consume in large doses.
Also called beta-caryophyllene or bcp, this terpene can be found in aromatic oils like rosemary and clove oil, and in nature it’s most commonly found in hops, cloves, black pepper, oregano, cinnamon, and basil. Caryophyllene is a bigger molecule than terpenes like myrcene and limonene. Caryophyllene’s molecular structure also contains a cyclobutane ring, something rare in nature and not found in any other known cannabis terpene.
Valencene is a terpene that has an aromatic sweet, citrus, herb smell with woody notes. Like Limonene, it is found in citrus-scented strains and fruits like grapefruit, tangerine, orange, nectarines, mangoes, and Valencia oranges.
Terpenes like pinene are fragrant oils within cannabis trichomes. Originally developed as an adaptive protection against predators, it offer several benefits. Pinene is also found in conifer trees, pine needles, orange peels, turpentine, rosemary, dill, basil, and parsley.
Limonene is a chemical found in the peels of citrus fruits and in other plants. A terpene recognizable for its zesty citrus fragrance, primarily lemon, but also in orange, lime, and grapefruit. Limonene is found in the peels of these citrus fruits and in many varieties of cannabis.
Along with myrcene, the limonene terpene is one of the most abundant terpenes to occur in cannabis. In addition to its prominent presence in many varieties of cannabis, limonene occurs naturally in mint, juniper, rosemary, pine, and fennel. Some of these sources, such as rosemary, are channeled in essential oil form for therapeutic purposes including scalp massage and in muscle balms.
Limonene is one of the most well-studied terpenes found in cannabis, and has a variety of effects on the immune system. Its antibacterial and antimicrobial effects are well established, and it is currently being studied for its potential to combat mood disorders, diabetes, and cancer among other ailments.
Citrus fruits have been used therapeutically for hundreds of years. Often, the source of citrus medicine has been orange and lemon peels. Modern science has begun to examine this through the exploration of limonene, a terpene with high concentrations in citrus peels.
Max Focus Ingredients: All-Natural MCT Oil, Valencene, Beta Caryophyllene, Beta Pinene, Limonene, and our proprietary blend of terpenes.