Different Strains, Different Effects

Ever wonder why different cannabis strains have different effects? The pharmaceutical industry has achieved highly effective therapeutic treatments using drug synergy. This is defined as the interaction of two or more drugs that causes the total effect to be greater than the individual effects of each. This relationship is analogous to terpenes and cannabinoids. Scientists and connoisseurs alike have coined this phenomenon found in cannabis “The Entourage Effect”.

The Entourage Effect

While the cannabinoids THC and CBD are no strangers to the industry, studies suggest that less prominent cannabinoids such as THC-V and CBC may be important players on the team. In addition to cannabinoids, numerous terpenes have also been identified as potential influencers. Limonene, as an example, has been recognized to have therapeutic effects and is the second most widely distributed terpene is nature. These unique ratios of cannabinoids and terpenes are thought to be responsible for the enormous diversity of the plant and ensuing “Entourage Effects” upon consumption. As our industry grows, the characterization of cannabis’ distinct chemical profile collected by Washington’s I-502 quality assurance testing laboratories can be used as an important research tool to broaden future clinical applications.

The Research

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