Safety and Side Effects
Terpenes are considered safe for use, but it is essential to understand that like any other substance, terpenes also have some potential side effects and safety concerns that one must be aware of.
Allergies: Some people may be allergic to certain terpenes. When using products that contain terpenes, watch out for any allergic reactions such as itching, hives, or difficulty breathing. If any such reaction occurs, stop using the product immediately and seek medical attention.
Interactions with medications: Terpenes may interact with certain medications, such as antidepressants, antihistamines, and sedatives. It is advisable to talk to your healthcare provider before using terpenes if you are already taking any medications.
Dilution: Pure terpenes are highly concentrated and can cause irritation or harm if used undiluted. Always follow manufacturer instructions and use caution when handling and using terpenes. It is recommended to dilute terpenes before using them. Terpenes should be diluted with a carrier oil, such as coconut oil, before use to prevent accidentally ingesting too much of a particular terpene. In diluted form (5% or less), terpenes are non-toxic and safe to use. It is also essential to start with a low dosage and gradually increase until you find the right amount for your needs.
Quality: As previously mentioned, quality is crucial when it comes to terpenes. Always look for products that are third-party tested and have clear labeling to ensure that you’re getting a safe and effective product.
Dosage: It is essential to start with a low dosage of terpenes and gradually increase it as needed to avoid any potential side effects. Keeping track of your experiences and adjusting your dosage accordingly is highly recommended.
Vaporization: If you’re vaporizing terpenes, it’s important to use a high-quality vaporizer and follow manufacturer instructions to avoid potential safety concerns. Poor quality vaporizers can release harmful chemicals along with the terpenes, leading to respiratory issues and other health problems.