Terpenes: A Natural & Safe Complement to Cannabis Therapy
Cannanda is your source for highly prized terpenes. These are the natural compounds that give plants and flowers their distinctive odours and aroma. In essence, these are the "active ingredients" in essential oils.
For the cannabis plant, there are two major categories of plant compounds that determine the characteristics of the "strain." First are the cannabinoids. Well known compounds in this class include THC and CBD (among many others). Depending on the strain of cannabis, the proportions of these cannabinoids range, for example, from high THC/low CBD strains commonly sought by recreational users, to the low THC/high CBD strains prized by medicinal users.
The second major class of compounds--and the scientific basis behind Cannanda--are the terpenes. Here again, there are many distinct compounds in this class, such as limonene, alpha-pinene, beta-caryophyllene, linalool, and beta-myrcene. Their relative amounts are a key defining difference between strains. For example, indica strains are typically higher in beta-myrcene, while lower amounts are usually found in sativas. Also, the ratio of these terpenes (called the "terpene profile") is what helps deliver a specific effect in the user. So ultimately, changing the terpene ratio in your cannabis changes its effect.
Smell That? Terpenes are Everywhere!
Terpenes are not exclusive to cannabis, and the terpene profile is also a defining feature of any plant's essential oil, which is responsible for its aroma. Individual terpenes are also not exclusive to any one plant's essential oil. For example, limonene is found in all citrus fruits, certain types of herbs and even nutmeg. Pinene is found abundantly in trees like pine and fir, and in herbs like rosemary. Essential oils are used widely as natural flavour additives for food, as fragrances in perfumery, and aromatherapy.
The Entourage Effect: Potentizing Your Cannabis
Terpenes themselves are known to provide health benefits and therapeutic effects on their own, but can also the influence the effects and properties of other compounds, especially the cannabinoids. This phenomenon, where plant compounds act synergistically with each other, is known as the "entourage effect." For more detailed information on the entourage effect and terpenes in cannabis, check out this article by Dr. Ethan Russo.
Since we cannot make any medical claims regarding terpenes in Canada, we encourage you to read more about these amazing natural compounds by following these links to third-party websites:
These compounds are what gives Cannanda's carefully formulated aromatherapy blends their unique effects. All ingredients are food-grade and manufactured in a pharmaceutical GMP facility, bringing you the most consistent, high-quality terpene products available in today's market. Our blends bring you a customized experience that you control.