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5 Things Every Medical Cannabis User Should Know About Terpenes

5 Things Every Medical Cannabis User Should Know About Terpenes

If you have been using Medical Cannabis for any length of time, you know that there is a lot to learn about it. If you are new to the whole Medical Cannabis thing, you likely don’t know what you don’t know. Both groups could stand to learn more about terpenes. They are one of the least understood aspects of cannabis consumption.

Terpenes may influence how Medical Cannabis affects you. Even if you are unaware of it, the different terpene profiles of the Medical Cannabis products you use could influence how each product makes you feel. So while research into terpenes continues, it is in all our best interests to learn as much as we can about them.

Here are five things every Medical Cannabis user should know about terpenes:

1. They Aren’t Limited to Cannabis

Terpenes are aromatic compounds found in plant life. As such, they are not limited to cannabis alone. Here in Utah, the chances are pretty good that you are familiar with what pine trees smell like. Pines get their unique odor from their terpenes. The same goes for roses, carnations, and even the grass in your front yard.

2. It’s Not Just One Terpene

Next up, it’s not just a single terpene that gives a tree or plant its unique smell. Many trees and plants contain multiple terpenes. That is certainly the case with Medical Cannabis. The different properties of a plant’s combined terpenes determine its complete odor and flavor profile.

3. Terpenes May Contribute to Efficacy

Though the jury is still out on efficacy, the currently available data suggests that terpenes may influence it. In other words, certain ones may enhance the effects that you feel from Medical Cannabis. Processors and manufacturers alike are currently studying terpene profiles in hopes of finding a definitive answer.

At the very least, some terpene profiles may make your Medical Cannabis products more enjoyable to use. If nothing else, making you feel more positive about your medicine will encourage you to use it more consistently. That is never a bad thing.

4. They May Promote the Entourage Effect

The cannabis industry is also looking into the possibility that terpenes can encourage the entourage effect. What is this effect? It is observed when multiple products within a Medical Cannabis regimen work better as a combined medication.

You might try a particular tincture and discover that it works okay for you. Same with an edible. But if you layer them – which is just another way of saying you use both – you might find that you feel a lot better. This is the entourage effect. Terpenes may very well promote the entourage effect for some people.

5. Terpenes Are Not Regulated

Last but not least, you should know that terpenes are not regulated. Processors and manufacturers are not required to test for terpenes or report them. They also aren’t required to include detailed terpene profiles on their labels.

What does this mean to you as a Medical Cannabis patient? By all means research different terpene profiles to learn as much you can. At the same time, be prepared to not have all the information on the terpenes in your Medical Cannabis products. The industry is still working through how to handle terpene reporting and labeling.

There is a lot to know about Medical Cannabis. Terpenes and how they affect users are just a small part of a very broad topic. As a patient, you owe it to yourself to get as much education as you can. Thankfully, Utah MArijuan offers an introductory guide to terpenes and other of resources to help you get started.

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Published December 16, 2022

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