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.
Our passion for taking this new and innovative approach to aromatherapy began with our heritage of supporting the needs of medicinal cannabis users. 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.
Our Humble Beginnings: Leveraging the Entourage Effect to Enhance Your Cannabis Experience™
Terpenes themselves are known to provide health benefits and therapeutic effects on their own, but can also 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. By understanding this, we first developed and launched Enhanced Effect™ in 2016 to help lower cannabis tolerance in daily medicinal users. But we knew there was so much more we could do to help people beyond the cannabis community.
Our Journey to Enhance Your Endocannabinoid System™
In 2017, we launched High Achievers™ (focus blend) and High Ground™ (immune blend), which put Cannanda™ on the radar of non-cannabis users. In 2018, we launched what quickly became our two most popular products for the general population: CB2™ Wellness blend, and CB2™ Hemp Seed Oil. These are the only products in the world commercially available that were designed to selectively activate your CB2 receptors.
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 advanced aromatherapy™ blends their unique effects. All ingredients are therapeutic-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.