The Entourage or Ensemble Effect
Known Instances of the Entourage Effect in Cannabis
While the effect of CBD on THC is the most notable illustration of the entourage effect, research also indicates that cannabinoids and terpenes may also combine to achieve greater therapeutic advantages.
Studies indicate that certain terpenes may impact the blood-brain barrier, which may explain why certain cannabinoids have greater efficacy when they do not operate in isolation.
These compounds working together in concert create an overall synergistic effect which can be more powerful than if the compounds are taken alone in isolation such as pure
CBD extract. On the other hand, in using whole plant compound extracts such as cannabis rosin you keep most of the terps and cannabinoids lost in other extraction methods. Using this heat-press method decarboxylates less than 2
percent of the overall rosin in most cases. Meaning it is still in-active and will become active when vaped, smoked, or otherwise heated again enough to decarb it.
Improving Absorption of ActiveIngredients
The entourage effect works to improve the absorption of cannabis extracts. Cannabinoids are chemically polar compounds, which make them at times difficult for the body to absorb in isolation.
Whole plant cannabis extracts have non-cannabinoid constituents which also have antibacterial properties.
What does this mean?
This means you can get different tastes from cannabis at different temperatures. You may get hints of mango or lime or any of the many listed above or something different
altogether. Each strain is different with its own range of terpenes, trichomes, and ever-changing arrays of cannabinoids that give each plant it’s unique flavorings. The terpene chart above is an estimate of the types of flavors youmay get
with experimentation with different strains at different temperatures with a vaporizer and is open to individual interpretation. By using a finely adjustable temperature vape
(see reviews below) you can better achieve the various boiling points of the terpenes and other compounds in the chart illustration plus much more that are not listed. This is most definitely a different experience than burning cannabis
with flame through a pipe and with some additional options you don’t get with combustion.
Getting it Right
It may take a few times to get the desired result. It’s a practice type of thing and this type of practice isn’t so much of a strain or hasstle. So keep practicing! I t may be a good idea to test multiple vapes and
dabbing bongs and tools (if that’s your approach) until you find something that works best for you. Experiment with different strains of cannabis at different temperatures. Start your vape out at the lowest possible temperature and move up slowly to see what you get.
What is Gained or Lost?
Burning your weed is and will remain popular almost without a doubt but it is good to give your lungs a break from time to time or a few days of the week, if you’re an
everyday consumer. Switching between a vape pen, (which tend to hit hard) and a table-top finely adjustable temp vape, (which hit super smooth on the low setting) vaping only the cannabinoids and terpenes and not the plant material. A real nice break for the lungs and throat.
Terpenes are naturally occurring in a wide range of plants. They contribute to the plant’s unique aromatic quality. The scent of cinnamon, cloves and menthol are examples of
well known terpenes. Most of these will be burned and not as useful with the higher temperatures that come with the combustion of flame.
These are terpenes after oxidation, the drying and curing of the cannabis. So, depending on the process of extraction many of these can be retained and not lost through heat.
Flavonoids are a group of phytonutrients that contribute to the vibrant coloring of cannabis besides green. It’s the purples, pinks, blues, etc. Flavonoids also contribute to the plant’s overall flora, color, smell, and ultimately taste and how they affect the human body and mind.
Do A Flavinoid Run
This is generally where you heat the plant material only slightly while drawing in lightly using an adjustable temperature vaporizer or enail. By heating it far below the
temperature for vaporization or combustion you can then get some low burning terpene and flavonoid compounds and will get a preview for the strain before any burning or vaping.
Flavoring listings on the trichome illustration above are suggested and may or may not be present in various strains that you try. It is recommended that you experiment with
as many strains as you need to find one that fits best with your expectations and preferences. By experimenting with a wide gamut of choice terpenes, flavonoids, and cannabinoids through vaping at lower to higher temp adjustments you
can really get a good feel for each of your favorite strains and dial-in the fine-tuned effects of each of these compounds as they work in unison as an orchestra of medicinal benefits.