You’ve heard of an entourage before – a posse of people who build each other up and help one another out. You can think of cannabis in this way, too; as a variety of variables surrounding and supporting one another. The Entourage Effect is simply defined as the combined effect of cannabis’ different compounds – made up of cannabinoids and terpenes.
When it comes to understanding cannabis, we’ve concluded that the majority of consumers instantly think of only one part of the plants’ compound; THC. As we outlined in our previous blog, “A Tale of 2 Cannabinoids,” THC is the psychoactive part of the plant (also known as the part that gets you “high”). In that same category, there are also the lesser talked about Cannabinoids such as CBD, CBG, CBN, THCa, and THCv – all of which add to the Entourage Effect.
Most available Cannabis research has primarily focused on THC, seldom touching upon the other properties of cannabis’ genetic makeup. More recently, however, scientists have thankfully been expanding upon this work and we are now beginning to better understand the cannabis plant as a whole. “Whole Plant Medicine” is a recently coined term that has slowly been building traction into the mainstream…More and more consumers are starting to realize that there is a whole lot more to cannabis than just THC.
In a previous blog we compared THC & CBD to a peanut butter and jelly sandwich…Sure, they’re great separately – but together they’re at their prime. This was just a fraction of knowing the all-around structure for the Entourage Effect. The Entourage Effect refers to the result of the properties caused by the whole plant, so let’s think of our pb&j sandwich as the main course.
We need a side dish to really call it a meal. It’s fun to think of terpenes as the potato chips that go with the sandwich, delivering a perfect sweet and savory balance. Terpenes provide flavor, scent and additional benefits to the cannabis plant. These amazing little molecules add to the overall experience by providing unique offerings specific just to them. Terpenes are also like chips because depending on the kind you select, it’s going to veer your overall outcome.
For example, when you have a strain testing for CBN and Myrcene, you can be assured that this is going to put you to sleep quickly because of the sedating benefits found in both compounds. Alternatively, there’s CBC paired with Linalool, these both test as anti-depressants that help with mood elevation.
As further research continues, CBD is being tested with THC to learn how they pair together and complement each other. Many existing studies indicate that CBD seems to diminish the psychoactive effects of THC, and that it magnifies its other benefits.
All properties of a cannabis plant are just as important as the other. Looking at just the THC percentage of a strain as the only part of the plant that matters is doing yourself a real disservice. Don’t miss out on matching up the other cannabinoids and terpenes to what ails you. You might be cheating yourself out of something extremely beneficial for your mind and your body.
Want to learn more? Don’t hesitate to ask your Cannabis Consultant about terpenes and other cannabinoids at our Las Vegas Dispensary. Better understanding what you’re consuming will have a huge impact on your overall experience and will help influence what products to select in the future.
Read more about the Entourage Effect from LeafScience.com.