You know about THC, CBD, and Terpenes… but why do so many cannabis enthusiasts care about their ratios to each other?

This is because these different cannabinoids work in tandem, which is known as the entourage effect. The entourage effect is the idea that the myriad of compounds found in cannabis act in synergy together to create enhanced therapeutic effects compared to them being used separately.

Full Spectrum Entourage Effect

The entourage effect— the idea that molecules that occur together in nature interact in useful ways— definitely applies to cannabinoids and terpenes. Terpenes are molecular compounds that are naturally found in plants and insects, manifest themselves most often in the forms of natural oils, and are accompanied by a distinct aroma and viscosity.

Terpenes and cannabinoids (such as CBD and THC) work together to maximize benefits in the body. Lab and patient-based studies reveal that while CBD or THC can work alone for some symptoms, they can often create better outcomes in combination.

The Entourage Effect is Powerful

Specific ratios, especially with naturally occurring terpenes, have the potential to cause even better effects. The entourage effect is one of the leading theories influencing cannabis research worldwide.

It’s been shown that terpenes, for example, not only allow cannabinoids to pass through the bloodstream and into the body’s cannabinoid receptors more easily but can also work against the memory loss caused by THC and boost anxiety relief offered by some strains. The same is true about the interactions between THC and CBD in your body.

The Entourage Effect is Powerful

The compounds are beneficial on their own, but together they create a stronger, more effective product. The only way to truly unlock the full potential of the cannabis plant is to experience the entourage effect with balanced ratios of terpenes, CBD, and THC. That’s why here at Papa and Barkley we like to use the whole-plant by including THC, CBD, and terpenes in all of our products.

Nothing truly compares to the full therapeutic power of the entourage effect.