Terpenes & the Entourage Effect
WHAT DO TERPENES AND CANNABINOIDS HAVE TO DO WITH MINDFUL DOSING?
Well just about everything my friend. The high you feel when consuming cannabis is largely impacted by what cannabinoids and terpenes you consume (aka, what strain you choose). What science has shown is that when you isolate cannabinoids (only CBD or THC for example), the therapeutic effect is reduced when compared to the results looking at whole-plant cannabis extract (an extraction of multiple cannabinoids and terpenes found within a cannabis plant). This is because of “The Entourage Effect”, a botanic synergy of terpenes bonding with cannabinoids that creates some therapeutic magic in your body. I’ll use a simple Spice Girls analogy to break it down for us a bit more. Although each Spice Girl is very talented on their own, their solo careers never achieved the same global recognition as they did when they were performing as a group. Their entourage effect spiced up our lives more than an isolated spice girl ever could. So when looking for new cannabis products to try, be on the lookout for buzzwords like WHOLE PLANT MEDICINE or FULL SPECTRUM. Because you know how it goes: “if you wanna be my lover, you got to get with my friends”.
THE INFORMED CONSUMER
Some brands (including this one) are moving the conversation away from Indica and Sativa language to signal the type of high you feel. This is because of “The Entourage Effect”, a botanic synergy of terpenes bonding with cannabinoids that creates some therapeutic magic in your body.
Now that we know it’s the combination of terpenes and cannabinoids, which creates the therapeutic effect, we encourage you to explore all the elements then track your feelings and your experience. This will help you to navigate what type of cannabis to shop for when looking for a specific feeling for vibe. Below is a list of sources that can help you become familiar with the different types of terpenes, cannabinoids, and their effect.