Whenever cannabis consumers are considering a marijuana strain, they tend to focus on the tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) and cannabidiol (CBD) component of the strain. You are more likely to belong to this group of consumers.
Terpenes are as important as the active constituents. Pinene terpene, for instance, limits the “high” effect of THC, while terpenes generally are known to offer an entourage effect. Aside from that, they also make smoking and vaping experience phenomenal. Thinking you don’t vape or smoke your favorite marijuana? That scent you enjoy about your cannabis essential oil is the contribution of terpenes.
Terpene entourage effects
The entourage effect is the synergy characteristic of terpenes and other cannabinoid compounds such as CBD and THC. Terpenes have health benefits of their own but through their entourage effect, they promote and modulate the action of other phytocannabinoid compounds especially in the brain.
Linalool terpene, for instance, alters the neurotransmitter configuration to create sedative feelings in strains of cannabis characterized with such effect. Sometimes, terpenes would only act to accelerate the effect of a phytocannabinoid.
Pinene terpene is another good example as it reduces memory loss through its synergy with CBD.