Terpenes Bring A Lot To The Party!
A visual grouping of various cannabis terpenes and their studied or reported Entourage Effect within the body.
Can you customize your experience with concentrated terpenes?
We understand that each terpene brings with it a set of benefits, and thanks to Dr. Russo we know that unique combinations of terpenes bring benefits that are greater than the sum of the parts. Dr. Russo named this 'the entourage effect'. This means that when combined, the group of terpenes create a result or effect that is more significant, impactful, or valuable than what would be expected from on each element individually.
It is indeed possible to change your cannabis experience by adding terpenes while consuming cannabis. Take note and caution that there are few, if any, comprehensive studies regarding proper dosing of terpenes. While they are not known to be toxic, terpenes can bring about unwanted effects in extremely high doses, such as respiratory irritation, allergic reactions, discomfort, nausea, are among a few.
If you are going to experiment with adding terpenes to your consumption, you may want to consider starting out with minimal amounts until you better understand those effects and what a proper dose for you might be. You may also want to invest in a more accurate method of dispensing the concentrated terpenes. You may find a typical eye dropper as not nearly accurate enough and might want to consider more accurate methods of dispensing the terpenes.
Concentrated terpenes are very powerful and a tiny amount goes a very long way. You really don't want to over-do it. They are also expensive so that by itself should motivate you to explore precise dosing methods, including use of micropipettes.
Terpenes are not mere bystanders in the cannabis plant; they are active participants in the entourage effect, a phenomenon where the combination of cannabinoids, terpenes, and other compounds synergistically enhances the overall therapeutic effects of cannabis. This synergy is believed to result in a more comprehensive and nuanced experience compared to isolated cannabinoids alone. The entourage effect highlights the importance of considering the holistic composition of cannabis, including its terpene profile, when exploring its therapeutic potential.
Each terpene possesses its own unique aroma and potential effects, contributing to the rich tapestry of cannabis experiences. For example, myrcene, commonly found in cannabis as well as hops and mangoes, is known for its sedative and relaxing properties. Limonene, abundant in citrus fruits and some cannabis strains, offers an uplifting and mood-enhancing effect, while pinene, reminiscent of pine trees, is associated with improved focus and mental clarity.
Beyond the immediate sensory experience, terpenes can evoke a range of feelings and emotions, from calm and relaxation to invigoration and creativity.
Understanding the diverse range of terpenes present in cannabis allows consumers to tailor their experiences based on their desired effects and preferences. Whether seeking relaxation, focus, or creative inspiration, exploring different cannabis strains with unique terpene profiles can offer a personalized and nuanced experience.
The table below explores the most common cannabis terpenes and known/reported effects. This data was gathered from both academic/research content and user-reported content.