We use a proprietary terpene blend, created after nearly a decade of analyzing which terpenes have the best synergy with CBD.
Synergy isn’t just a buzzword here — the “entourage effect” has been documented (link). First brought to the attention of scientists in 2003, this effect means that all of the different compounds in hemp work best when they work together. Various terpenes work with the CBD to help it act more efficiently and effectively. Terpenes also give flavor to many plants, from cannabis to grapefruit and they are responsible for both the scents, and some of the effects of essential oils.
Elevare uses linalool, found in calming plants such as lavender as well as hemp. Linalool also helps vitamin E (which also naturally occurs in Sacha Inchi oil) absorb and function in the body. We also use A-pinene, a terpene getting its time in the spotlight for its potential to inhibit bacterial growth ( link). A-pinene works well in combination with CBD, enhancing its effect. Mycenae, in addition to its potential assisting CBD penetrate the skin in transdermal applications (link), has its own effects — it is thought to be anti-inflammatory as well as relaxing. Finally, we add Beta-caryophyllene to the mix for its potential to reduce inflammation.
Each ingredient in our blend — terpenes, CBD, and Sacha Inchi oil — has its own purported benefits, but we think (and science has shown) that they work best together. As an “entourage” each compound goes beyond its own potential and contributes to the greater good.