Contrary to popular belief, not everyone who uses cannabis products does so to get “high.” In fact, a type of cannabis completely devoid of the cannabinoid THC (the source of marijuana’s psychoactive effects) is becoming increasingly popular in both flower and concentrate form.
Referred to as High CBD cannabis strains, which means they’re dominant in the active compound cannabidiol rather than THC, these varieties deliver a multitude of medicinal benefits without the “high” associated with traditional marijuana. CBD looks to be “especially promising for conditions that are difficult to treat such as Crohn’s disease, PTSD, and multiple sclerosis,” reports Leafly.
Like THC-dominant strains, high CBD strains are often processed into concentrates, edibles, and extracts for those who prefer these products. However, it’s during this processing that many CBD-only products lose the cannabis terpenes that play a large role in their therapeutic effect.
Terpenes And The “Entourage Effect” In Cannabis
Many plants contain nutrients and compounds that benefit our health. Cannabis, however, is one of those rare plants that is more than the sum of its parts. This means that the medicinal power of cannabis is greatly enhanced when the whole plant is consumed, rather than just one or two of its compounds. “Cannabis is inherently polypharmaceutical,” Dr. John McPartland told Product CBD, “and synergy arises from interactions between its multiple components.”
Therapeutic Attributes Of Terpenoids For Cannabis Users
A September 2011 report published by Dr. Ethan Russo in the British Journal of Pharmacology points out the therapeutic attributes of terpenoids, which are typically missing in “CBD-only” products. The good news is, these therapeutic attributes can be restored when CBD cannabis products are enhanced with the terpenes we sell here at True Blue.
In a previous post, we detailed some of the characteristics of the terpene myrcene, including its potential medicinal value as an anti-inflammatory, sedative, and muscle relaxant. Myrcene is a terpene found in significant quantities mangoes and hops, as well as cannabis.
Beta-caryophyllene is another therapeutic terpene that may be lost during CBD product processing. Found in black pepper, oregano, leafy vegetables, and cannabis, this sesquiterpene is known for its anti-inflammatory properties and is also a gastro-protective compound that may be good for treating ulcers.
Dr. Russo’s research identified many other medicinal benefits that can be gained from the combined consumption of cannabinoids and terpenes, including increased blood flow, enhanced cortical activity, protection against respiratory pathogens, and treatment for pain, inflammation, depression, anxiety, addiction, epilepsy, cancer, and bacterial infections.
True Blue Offers Pure Terpenes For Cannabis Products
If you’re using or considering the use of CBD-only products to address the health concerns mentioned above, you should know that you may be missing out on potential therapeutic effects because of the way your products have been processed.
However, these benefits can be restored to your CBD-only products through the use of terpenes from True Blue. Why sacrifice the flavor and aroma of cannabis just because you prefer CBD-dominant varieties or because you prefer concentrates over bud? Let True Blue show you how easy it can be to maximize the health benefits of your favorite products through the science of terpene technology.