The Entourage Effect: How THC and CBD work Together

Cannabis connoisseurs are always on the lookout for buds that are coated with a heavy dusting of crystals. Those crystals are often associated with THC, but they’re actually so much more. That shiny resin is loaded with cannabinoids (including THC, CBD, CBG, and others) as well as terpenes. As scientific researchers and other cannabis experts learn more about this plant, we’re starting to understand that the effects of cannabis go way beyond just THC and CBD. To get a better grasp on the synergy between different cannabis compounds, it’s important to think about it with a whole-plant approach.

What Are Cannabinoids?

Cannabinoids are a class of many different naturally-occurring organic chemical compounds that interact with cannabinoid receptors. Humans (as well as dogs, cats, and other animals) all have endocannabinoid systems that run through their bodies and affect the release of neurotransmitters in the brain. THC is perhaps the most well-known cannabinoid in cannabis. While raw cannabis actually contains high levels of THCA, it converts to THC when the plant is burned, vaporized, or otherwise heated. This is what’s primarily responsible for cannabis’ famous psychoactive effects.

CBD is the other most popular cannabinoid, and it’s starting to become even more appealing to people throughout the United States thanks to its nation-wide legal status. Some people like to purchase products with only CBD and no or low THC, but others are more interested in products or strains that contain both of these cannabinoids. In addition to THC and CBD, other cannabinoids like the following are starting to get more attention:

  • CBN
  • CBG
  • CBC
  • THCV

What Are Terpenes?

Terpenes are another class of naturally-occurring organic compounds that people are starting to pay more attention to. They’re found in a wide variety of plants besides just cannabis and are even produced by some insects as well. Most people associate terpenes with taste and smell (more or less like essential oils), but leading cannabis experts are starting to become interested in their potential effects. They may be the secret to one of the industry’s greatest mysteries: why do different strains of cannabis make you feel different?

People have been saying for a long time that different strains of cannabis can lead to completely unique experiences, even if the levels of THC and CBD are consistent. It’s becoming more apparent that the subtle differences between strains are a result of terpenes. This is commonly referred to as the entourage effect. That is, active cannabinoids like THC and CBD may behave differently depending on the group of terpenes they bring with them.

There are hundreds of different cannabinoids and terpenes in cannabis, and it will likely take a lot of research to uncover them all. For now, some of the most common terpenes include the following:

  • Beta-Caryophyllene
  • Linalool
  • Pinene
  • Myrcene
  • Limonene
  • Humulene

Cannabis Products That Contain CBD

Many of our customers come to us looking for products with the highest THC content. That isn’t always the case, though. Often, people are interested in cannabis products with more CBD, CBG, or other cannabinoids. For that reason, we’ve expanded our selection to include plenty of high-CBD products, some of which also include plenty of THC and some of which don’t.

Acres Cannabis in Las Vegas

Here at Acres Cannabis, we’re committed to serving customers from all different lifestyles. We offer products that are high in THC and low and CBD, high in CBD and low in THC, and just about every combination in between. Check our dispensary menu or talk to our staff to learn more.

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