I’ve been shopping at the same dispensary for the last several years.
I have figured out my favorite brands, strains and consumption methods.
I feel quite knowledgeable about cannabis. Just recently, the dispensary offered a free educational consultation with one of their budtenders. I figured it was a great opportunity to learn something new and have a better idea of how to shop for my specific needs. The information was fascinating. I learned that THC and CBD are just two of over 100 cannabinoids found in the cannabis plant. They are the most abundant and well-known cannabinoids. There are also over 400 known naturally-occurring terpenes. While cannabinoids and terpenes are two very different compounds, they interact with each other to create what’s called the entourage effect. It is believed that the full spectrum of cannabis compounds work synergistically to deliver the various effects and sensations. Their hypothesis suggests that a combination of CBD and THC is more effective for curative properties than either CBD or THC alone. Because of this consultation, I’ve been paying a lot closer attention to the labels on the packages. Most of the cannabis brands offered at the dispensary include the terpene profiles and concentrations along with the percentages of cannabinoids. I’ve seen that beta-caryophyllene is helpful for treating symptoms of anxiety. Humulene is beneficial for energizing effects. Myrcene offers antifungal and antibacterial properties and also provides sedating effects that can treat insomnia. Because I’ve gained a better understanding of cannabis compounds, I’m getting more out of my purchases.