THC is the cannabinoid responsible for the intoxicating (the high) effects of cannabis. CBD can provide huge anti-inflammatory effects and is the furthest along in clinical tests for a variety of ailments and symptoms. CBD is the non-intoxicating cannabinoid in cannabis, which means, unlike its partner THC it does not get you high.
Terpenes are chemicals responsible for lending unique traits and characteristics to different strains of cannabis, creating unique and specific medical benefits, as well as flavors and smells. The 6 most common terpenes found in cannabis are Pinene, Myrcene, Limonene, Linalool, Humulene, and Caryophyllene.
Coined by Dr. Ethan Russo, this theory states that using “whole plant medicine” where you are ingesting or inhaling multiple compounds from the cannabis plant changes and in some cases enhances the effects of these compounds. Some of the benefits of utilizing the entourage effect include using less cannabis, and receiving the same benefits as you would from a higher dose. Compounds such as terpenes also double down on the effectiveness of cannabinoids, maximizing the abilities of your medicine and affecting your body differently.