There are literally hundreds of different compounds that can be found in the cannabis plant. Cannabinoids are numerous, but the two most popular are THC and CBD. Both of these cannabinoids produce healing effects, but THC is the one that will get you high. There are also compounds called terpenes. These are fragrant oils that provide marijuana with its amazing, unique scents. The entourage effect is the interactive synergy of these cannabinoids and terpenes which produce the wide-array of medical benefits.
Isolates vs. Whole Plant Therapy
The entourage effect is a prime example of why THC-isolates or CBD-isolates may not always be the best choice for treating your condition. While it is true that isolating these two cannabinoids can be extremely helpful, this process can potentially decrease the cannabinoids symptom-treating abilities.
Whole plant therapy utilizes the entire plant, using the full spectrum of therapeutic compounds, instead of just one. Smoking cannabis flower is the main way to experience the entourage effect. Combining multiple cannabinoids and terpenes, or leaving them in their natural state, will allow them to work together, and even accentuate their healing capabilities.
Every Compound Matters
You may be wondering why you’ve only ever heard about THC and CBD. “If the other cannabinoids are so important, why don’t I know about them?” This is because on their own, they may not be so important. THC and CBD isolates are the only two that can produce significant effects. The other cannabinoids however, greatly influence the effects of these two main compounds.
You may also be wondering why terpenes matter so much. “Does the smell of marijuana actually play a role in its medical properties?” Why yes, it does! There are over 200 terpenes in the cannabis plant, all of which have different aromas. Our built-in (endocannabinoid) system, responds differently to each terpene. Terpenes play a role in how quickly cannabinoids can enter the bloodstream. The interaction between cannabinoids and terpenes can increase the medical benefit, significantly.
The Medical Possibilities are Endless
There are perhaps thousands of medical possibilities waiting for us. With so many cannabinoids and terpenes to work with, the combinations and therefore, medical possibilities, are endless!
Today, some of the most popular items on the market are isolates. Isolates are singled-out cannabinoids like THC or CBD, that have been extracted from the marijuana plant. A term you may not be as familiar with is ‘whole plant therapy’.
There are over 100 different cannabinoids in the cannabis plant, but the two most popular are THC and CBD. These components are largely responsible for the medical benefits that marijuana has to offer. THC treats a myriad of symptoms, but is most well-known for its euphoric effect, or “high”. CBD treats many of the same symptoms, but CBD doesn’t produce a high. Some people are in it for the euphoric feeling and will choose a THC isolate. Not everyone wants to get high, which is why they’d choose a CBD isolate instead.
Whole Plant Therapy
This brings us to whole plant therapy. This form of medical marijuana will essentially keep it in its natural form, combining all of the 100+ cannabinoids, including terpenes (aromatic compounds), into one medication. You may think that this would make it more extreme than isolates, yet that’s not always the case.
There is something called the entourage effect. This happens when all of the cannabinoids synergistically work together. Isolates are typically void of the many other cannabinoids that could potentially offer significant benefits.
THC and CBD both have the ability to treat a wide range of ailments, but it is very possible that they are even more effective when combined. Whole plant therapy and full-spectrum extracts preserve the natural effects while filtering out the impurities than can dampen the benefits. The outcome can be intense, but extremely helpful. It’s important to note that CBD has the ability to lessen the effects of THC, so whole plant therapy isn’t always going to get you high, however, it is still possible to feel some psychoactive effects.
No matter which cannabinoid you prefer at the moment (THC or CBD), give whole plant therapy a try. We think you’ll be pleasantly surprised with the outcome.
Whole Plant Therapy is a medical treatment that not only holds the potential to treat a myriad of symptoms but can also save thousands of lives.
If you’re a Florida resident interested in becoming a Marijuana Doctor patient, Call us at (786) 224-4005 or schedule your free phone consultation ONLINE, today.