Dressed to the nines and excited for a wonderful night at the symphony, you’ve picked your favorite suit or fanciest dress, and couldn’t be more excited for what you are about to experience. You’re smiling the entire drive to the theater, hopefully sharing in that excitement with a loved one. You got the best seats you can afford and had a glass of wine before the auditorium opened to the public. You’ve just sat down eagerly awaiting the show to start. It’s going to be a perfect night.
The lights flash on, the stage is bright and you start to survey all the different sections of the orchestra and their instruments. The show is about to start! You ease into your seat and get ready to enjoy the smooth classical music you’d so been looking forward too. Leaning back, eyes softly closing, and with a big exhale, you expect to be enveloped in the sounds of music… Cue the crickets. It seems the Maestro didn’t show up for the performance, and the sound engineer fell asleep at the helm. They struggle to get things in order, and you sit through a disorganized and far too quiet concert.
If you were the person who attended that concert you would feel like you didn’t get the full value of your purchase. You could say you went to the symphony, but you only received about a third of the orchestra experience. You would feel like you missed out on what the experience could have been, and you might not want to go back to another symphony again.
Cannabis consumption is like that symphony: Many of us are attending, but few notice how bad the concert is. For some reason we have accepted a third of the cannabis experience as being good enough. We are constantly missing our Maestro, and our sound dude is lazy as can be.
In this scenario, the THC is the instruments, always present, and to a lot of consumers, the most important ingredient. CBD is the sound engineer: You need him to make sure the microphones, acoustics and speakers are setup to enhance the experience of the instruments (THC). Terpenes are the Maestro, important for organizing the instruments (THC) and providing a unique experience and twist to the performance. The Maestro (terpenes) works alongside the sound engineer (CBD) to enhance the experience provided by the instruments (THC).
This relationship is known as the entourage effect.
I am going on an educational journey to understand the ins and outs of this relationship. This will be the first in a series of blog posts where I delve deeper into the specific effects of the main cannabis terpenes, CBD, THC, the entourage effect, and how to help identify the strains with the right chemistry for you!
If you don’t want to do your own research, check back here regularly to follow my journey. However, if you are like me, and want to educate yourself on the intricacies of cannabis, I encourage you to visit my sources below:
Chemistry database for raw information on Terpenes: https://pubchem.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/
List of terpenes found in Cannabis: https://www.sclabs.com/terpenes//
Taming THC: Potential cannabis synergy and phytocannabinoid-terpenoid entourage effects: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3165946
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