Why Cannabis Terpenes Are Vital To The “Entourage Effect”
What is the Entourage Effect? Well, two Israeli scientists coined it to describe something fascinating they’d observed in cannabis. Some compounds found in cannabis have no significant effect on their own, but when combined with other components, can affect the human endocannabinoid system – this is the Entourage Effect. So, when it comes to cannabis use, especially for medical purposes, it’s an essential part of the picture. Most testing and trials are done on just one component, isolated from the rest of the plant. In order to work effectively, the best results come from the whole plant, which actually hosts approximately 400 organic compounds.
What are Terpenes?
Quite simply, terpenes are essential oils from plants. There are over 120 different terpenes that can be found in cannabis plants alone. In cannabis, they are what provide the variety of smells and tastes that you experience from one strain to the next. This is key because it opens a near endless number of possible customizations one can apply. The terpenes present by default will depend on a number of factors. Maturity, soil conditions, and climate can all affect the production of terpenes within each plant.
Terpenes are key in the “Entourage