A trip to the dispensary is an introduction to a lot of different terms, such as indica, sativa and cannabinoids.
Another important term is terpenes.
They are a natural occurring chemical compound found in plants, including cannabis. They are the reason for the aromas, flavors and colors. Terpenes create the distinct smell and flavor of the various strains and can provide therapeutic properties. Sage, thyme and citrus fruits all have terpenes. Researchers believe that dominant terpenes work in partnership with cannabinoids such as THC and CBD to produce the effects of cannabis on mind and body. Terpenes explain why two separate strains with the same percentage of THC produce such a wide variation of experiences. While terpenes aren’t intoxicating, it’s possible that they influence the effects of THC. They appear to interact with cannabinoids in a way that is called the entourage effect. Too often people choose their cannabis based on whether the products are categorized as indicas, sativas or hybrids. They pay attention to the level of THC content but don’t consider the terpenes. There is mounting evidence suggesting that terpenes could offer potential benefits for health concerns such as depression, anxiety and bipolar disorder. If a CBD isolate that contains nothing but CBD fails to achieve the desired curative effect, it might be possible that a full-spectrum CBD product, containing other cannabinoids and other terpenes, will work better. There are about 400 terpenes in cannabis. Pinene smells like pine trees and is said to have potential anti-cancer properties. Limonene is very citrus-like and linalool is a lot like lavender.
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