For years, the discussion of cannabis and its effects have solely related to two terms, Indica and Sativa, but what if that’s not the full picture? What if we told you that the actual effects that you experience from different cannabis strains comes from one complex relationship between key compounds in the plant. Terpenes, hundred of other compounds in the plant, and cannabinoids, such as THC and CBD, work together, in what is called the “entourage effect”.
So what are cannabinoids and terpenes?
Cannabinoids, or THC and CBD, are the two things you have probably heard of when people discuss the effects of cannabis, the feeling of getting “stoned” and the healing effects associated with CBD in different strains.
Terpenes, on the other hand, are what you smell, meaning they give things like cannabis or oranges and pine trees their distinctive aromas and are often what differentiate unique cannabis strains. In recent years it has been determined that terpenes in cannabis play a key role in the physiological and psychoactive effects of various strains.
However, this connection is only the beginning. Research is starting to discover what we have felt for years: That there are actual and provable medicinal benefits of cannabis. The entourage effect, or the complex combination between the cannabinoids, terpenes, and other plant compounds work together and can result in different strains that promote and assist with certain illnesses, conditions, and pain.
While the science on terpenes as related to cannabis is still in the beginning stages of research, the abilities that some strains have to combat serious conditions such as cancer, anxiety, neurogenerative diseases, insomnia, asthma, inflammation, and overall pain is exciting and astounding and to put it simply… Terps really do Cure!!