Full Spectrum Terpenes
Point 3 Biotech is researching and extracting full spectrum terpenes to create and distribute formulations under our OnPoint™ 4 Health brand.
Using our unique, environment-friendly, and fully sustainable processes, we capture the full spectrum of terpenes represented in the plant without the need to dry our material. We then add specific, Health Canada approved, all-natural compounds (like Vitamin D3, Valarian Root and Krill oil) to create nutraceutical formulations that further drive targeted responses.
Given the success of our full spectrum hemp formulations and the current restrictions of hemp products in some jurisdictions and occupations, we developed a line of full spectrum Hops-based formulations. Our Full Spectrum Hops based ‘Hemp Free’ formulations contain over 25 added botanical terpenes in similar ratios found in hemp. Thus, they act and taste similar to Hemp formulations.
Our lab-tested formulations are scientifically designed to be effective on their own, but many can enhance specific properties of cannabis. This is referred to as “entourage effect”; the interactive synergy between cannabis compounds where the impact of the whole plant is greater than the sum of its parts.
Many cannabis users rely on the labelling of “Indica,” “Sativa,” or “Hybrid” to try to target or influence the interaction of cannabis that they are trying to achieve. Research has shown this is an outdated ideology that is not backed by science. It’s the terpenes in cannabis that accentuate the specific response. Thus, an individual can get better results with the cannabis when taken with the right blend of full spectrum terpenes. Hence why we at Point 3 Biotech created six OnPoint™ full spectrum formulations (4Sleep, 4Chill, 4Focus, 4Wellness, 4Kick, and 4Immunity) that target specific responses that work on their own or in conjunction with cannabis. A common analogy is that: “If THC (or CBD) is the engine, terpenes are the steering wheel and tires.”
Terpenes are organic compounds (hydrocarbons) found in various plants that contribute to their flavour and scent. More than 20,000 terpenes exist in nature, recognized by the FDA and Health Canada as safe, food-grade additives. As a source for terpenes, cannabis is unique because it contains so many—more than 200 scientists believe. This is one reason why every cannabis strain is unique, and depending on its terpene profile, a strain can smell like pine, berry, or lemon.
In addition to flavour and aroma, these potent compounds have a wide range of properties on their own. However, when terpenes are consumed with cannabis molecules, they work together to ‘amplify’ and direct the properties of cannabis, giving you better results. This is referred to as the “entourage effect.” It’s the reason terpenes have become such a critical piece of research. Simply put, when terpenes work with cannabinoids, they form a synergy that creates a more significant effect than each would achieve on their own. This symbiosis between cannabinoids and terpenes improves the absorption of cannabinoids, overcomes bacterial defence mechanisms and minimizes side effects.
It’s now known that the human body also produces its natural cannabis-like molecules or endocannabinoids. Terpenes have been shown to have a significant impact on the endocannabinoid system, along with the endocrine system and the neuroendocrine system. All of these systems are responsible for maintaining homeostasis – the body’s ability to maintain a state of equilibrium.
Why Hemp and Hops?
The hemp plant (Cannabis sativa L.) contains over 120 identified terpenes but under 0.3% Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC, which the principal psychoactive constituent of Cannabis). Hops (Humulus Lupulus) is another member of the cannabis family that contains many of the same terpenes as Hemp but fewer in number.
The diversity and range of the bioactive compounds found in full spectrum terpenes do not exist in terpene ‘isolates’ produced just from single botanical sources. Instead of taking THC or CBD extracts in isolation, you can optimize the effects you get from Cannabis by taking advantage of the synergistic ‘Hemptourage Effect’ of these hemp-derived compounds.