Cannabis Education: Understanding THC, CBD and Terpenes

By Harry B. Nuggs

Cannabis Education: Understanding THC, CBD and Terpenes

When it comes to selecting cannabis products like pre-rolls, flowers or edibles you'll often come across three terms; THC, CBD and Terpenes. What exactly do these terms mean?

What is THC?

THC (tetrahydrocannabinol) is the component in cannabis that's responsible for the euphoric feeling that occurs when consuming cannabis products. However it's important to note that a higher percentage of THC doesn't necessarily translate to a high.

For those using cannabis recreationally, a higher percentage of THC means more of it enters your bloodstream quickly and leads to intoxication. On the other hand medical users often find that a higher percentage of THC provides relief from stress, anxiety and loss of appetite. It's crucial to remember that the effects of THC can vary from person to person; therefore responsible use is essential.

What is CBD?

CBD (cannabidiol) is another compound found in marijuana. It is widely used for its benefits in alleviating anxiety, depression as well as post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).

Even though it has been approved as a prescribed medication and offers advantages, individuals who are currently taking other medications or have underlying medical conditions should still exercise caution and avoid its use. 

What is Terpenes?

While THC and CBD are well known among cannabis enthusiasts for their effects not many people are familiar with Terpenes. These compounds are responsible for the aroma and flavor associated with marijuana. 

It is because of Terpenes that weed can have hints of pine, citrus, earth, fruit, and even cake or burgers. And other than the taste and scent, it can also have some therapeutic effects like THC and CBD. An example is that it is believed that some Terpenes offer anti-inflammatory, pain-relieving, and calming properties.

How are the Three Balanced?

Each compound interacts with the other differently, namely THC and CBD. CBD can dampen the effects of THC, creating cannabis products that give therapeutic effects without the psychoactive high, while THC can boost the anti-inflammatory and relaxing effects of CBD. Now as stated before, Terpenes are not intoxicating in itself, they are what give cannabis its aroma and flavor. When mixed with CBD they create a synergy that was studied in 1998 when the father of cannabis researcher, Raphael Mechoulam, discovered that whole plant extracts could produce more pronounced and therapeutic effects than those extracted from each compound used in isolation. This synergy is known as “the entourage effect” or “ensemble effect”.

The entourage effect creates a unique relationship between the three compounds, especially when consumed as dried flowers or oily extracts, they enhance the efficacy of CBD and THC while mitigating potentially unwanted effects

Understanding the effects of these compounds is important when choosing your cannabis products. Remember that each person reacts differently, so it is recommended to start with moderation and see how your body reacts so you can maximize the benefits that suit your needs. If you’re looking for a company that best offers THC, CBD, and terpenes content, you should definitely visit Smokeland now!