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October 17, 2019 3 min read

Cannabis keeps revealing itself to be one of the biggest wonders of the plant world, with cannabinoid science being as miraculous as the plant itself.

By now, the emerging cannabis community knows that cannabidiol (CBD) and tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) are just the tips of the iceberg when it comes to what’s possible with cannabis.

As a brand that specializes in bringing out the potential of cannabis through terpenes, Meraki Tips is excited to talk about one of the coolest things about cannabis: The Entourage Effect.

Embracing the Magic of Terpenes

Terpenes are thought to be almost as important as cannabinoids when it comes to understanding the value and effects of certain strains.

Terpenes exist in all plants, including cannabis, and are essentially the building blocks that make up a plant and essential parts of a plant’s biology.

Terpenes, of which there are over 200+ in existence, arearomatic compounds that give each cannabis strain and plant its unique smell and taste when consumed. Some examples of common terpenes found in nature and cannabis include limonene, found in all citrus fruits, and linalool, found in lavender. Terpenes are becoming revered within the cannabis space, coming up as a close second to cannabinoids for their therapeutic effects, due to The Entourage Effect.

Increasingly, we’re seeing cannabis products that are advertising a broad spectrum of terpenes as the consumer becomes more astute to the importance of these compounds when creating the Entourage Effect.

The Entourage Effect: Unlocking Possibilities

The Entourage Effect’s discovery is credited to Israeli scientists Shimon Ben-Shabat and Raphael Mechoulam (the latter known as “The Godfather of Cannabis”). First brought to the science community in 1998, these scientists proposed that the fatty acids of the cannabis plant enhanced cannabinoid activity in the body.

In their research, they showed that alone or in isolation, certain cannabinoids would not bind to the body’s cannabinoid receptors, thus producing little to no effects. However, when cannabinoids were introduced to the body along with fatty acids and terpenes, there was an increase of binding of the cannabinoids to the body’s receptors.

The Entourage Effect is the synergistic action of different cannabinoids, flavonoids, fatty acids, and terpenes when acting on receptors in the endocannabinoid system. To put it simply, the individual parts of the cannabis plant produce more therapeutic effects when used in harmony with other parts.

A 2009 study defined the four basic mechanisms of the Entourage Effect as the ability to:

  • affect many different targets and areas of the body;
  • improve the absorption of the active ingredients by the body;
  • ability to better overcome bacterial defense mechanisms;
  • ability to minimize adverse side effects

When the Entourage Effect is enacted within the body, it increases the therapeutic efficacy of the cannabinoids by making it more intuitive to the parts of the body that require it, makes cannabinoids and terpenes more bioavailable, and essentially ensures that the cannabis experience is balanced.

Understanding the Entourage Effect with Cannabis Therapy

Cannabis companies are starting to produce more products that are designed to engage the Entourage Effects by ensuring that multiple cannabinoids, terpenes, flavonoids, and fatty acids are in their products. For this reason, you’ll see many products like cannabis oils advertise themselves as “whole-plant extracts” or “full-spectrum” to help users get the full effect of cannabis through the Entourage Effect.

Meraki Tips is a company that has embraced the power of the Entourage Effect since our inception. After all, our products are all about terpenes and are designed to help the Entourage Effect become enacted through the addition of terpenes to the cannabis strain of your choice which aims to optimize your smoking experience.

We encourage you to learn about the terpenes in your cannabis plants, to understand why they’re important and how they support the other parts of the plant like CBD and THC to get your desired effects. Then, choose the right Meraki Crutch to help your cannabis experience along.

Our Peaceful TIP is infused with a proprietary blend of organic food-grade terpenes that are meant to consistently curb the unwanted anxieties associated with a particular herb. We hope that with these TIPS you can focus less on the strain and more on your peace of mind. 

Our Sayonara TIP is meant to consistently boost the relaxing properties of a particular herb. With these TIPS you can use a little less yet feel a little more, which is what the Entourage Effect is all about!

Explore terpenes, and the Entourage Effect with Meraki Tips, and stay tuned to the “Learn” section of our website as we reveal more information about terpenes, lifestyle, and cannabis science.