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Cannabis 201 | FAQ for Connoisseurs

What provides a smoother smoke? How can I get a better taste?

Cannabinoids are chemical compounds that are found both in the body (endo- cannabinoids) and in the cannabis plant (phyto-cannabinoids). While THC and CBD are the most popular and most well researched cannabinoids, there are over 100 cannabinoids found in the cannabis plant, many of which have been shown to have specific benefits and effects. 

Research has shown that cannabinoids are an integral part of our body’s endocannabinoid system (ECS). The ECS is made up of receptors that interact with cannabinoids. These receptors have been found within the brain, central nervous system, reproductive organs, skin, digestive tract, and many other parts of the body. The main purpose of the ECS is to regulate homeostasis – a state of equilibrium throughout the mind and body. It’s no surprise that a deficiency in the ECS can impact a person’s physiological balance, which can result in pain, inflammation, mood issues, and many other ailments. 

THC adds more than just the “high”. While THC (Tetrahydrocannabinol) is known for producing the “high” associated with cannabis use, it is also revered for its anti-inflammatory, anti-microbial, anti-nausea, and pain-relieving qualities. THC has been shown to help with PTSD, insomnia, arthritis, seizures, and severe pain. 

CBD provides relief without the “high”. CBD (Cannabidiol) is the powerhouse non-intoxicating compound of the cannabis plant that has been shown to help with inflammation, pain, mood issues, and sleep. See our list of major cannabinoids.

A powerful duo: Try one of our “one-to-one” products, which contain a 1:1 ratio of CBD and THC. These products offer a balance between the psychoactive and non-psychoactive effects of cannabis that some individuals report to be helpful. 

Terpenoids define the smell and boost effects. Terpenoids (or terpenes) are fragrant, organic compounds found in many species of plants that determine smell and flavor. They also affect the human body in a variety of ways and contribute to The Entourage Effect — terpenes help boost and expand the therapeutic effects of cannabinoids, especially THC. Different strains have specific concentrations of terpenes. Our customer advocates will review product labels with you to help explain which terpenes are present in each product.

Two of the most prevalent terpenoids are limonene and myrcene. Limonene, also found in citrus fruits, provides a rich, citrusy aroma and may help provide relief from inflammation and stress. Myrcene, also found in mangos and hops, provides an earthy, fruity aroma and may help with pain and sleep. See our list of major terpenoids.

Flavonoids give cannabis character. Flavonoids share a role in how we perceive cannabis through our senses in terms of aroma, flavor, and pigmentation. For example, the flavonoid anthocyanin creates a beautiful, deep purple color in certain cannabis strains. While flavonoids are vastly understudied, emerging research shows their potential as anti-inflammatory, anti-fungal, and antioxidant agents.