Terpenes don’t do what you think!

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    Brandon AllenBrandon Allen
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    One of the most misleading forms of marketing in the cannabis industry is when edibles are labeled as “Indica” or “Sativa”.

    In a nutshell, the effects of a cannabis variety can be very different, depending on how it’s consumed.  If you smoke, vape, or dab a “sedative” cannabis flower or extract, that doesn’t mean that an edible made from the same flower or extract will have the same effects.

    When it comes to terpenes in edibles, they don’t play the same role as they do through inhalation because the forms of the original terpenes change so much when they are ingested.

    I wanted to start this conversation in the forum, but before you dive in, check out the full blog post on cannabis edibles and terpenes!

    Cheers,

    Chef B

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    Lydia MarquezLydia Marquez
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    Great article! Makes perfect sense now why I’m so sensitive to edibles and how I have a different effect almost every time.

    #36173
    JK KayJoscha Krauß
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    Thank you for this article Brandon, as always you got to the heart of the matter perfectly.

    I assume it not only applies to edibles but also includes tinctures, right?

    #36291
    JK KayJoscha Krauß
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    Note to myself: Yes it does, clearly stated in the article “A cannabis edible is any product that contains cannabinoids that you swallow.”

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    JK KayJoscha Krauß
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    @Brandon: I agree with everything you stated in your article but does the same principle not also apply for inhaled essential oils or terpenes and smoked cannabis?

    I changed your sentence above to the following:

    “When it comes to terpenes in smoked cannabis, they don’t play the same role as they do through inhalation because the forms of the original terpenes change so much when they are heated/burnt?

    Does a terpene with a designated effect (e.g. sedating) which was determined through classic aromatherapy practices like inhalation have the same effect when smoked?

     

     

    #36413
    Brandon AllenBrandon Allen
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    Have you ever done this?

    1. Get an edible with several individually dosed servings

    2. Take them before doing different activities

    3.  Note your experience

     

    You’d be shocked at how different the effect is, just based on the environment you’re in!

    #36415
    Brandon AllenBrandon Allen
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    Joscha

    Great questions!

    Think of it this way – CONSUMPTION DETERMINES FUNCTION

    Everything can change (quite drastically at times) depending on how something is consumed.  So, if a study on linalool in an aroma therapy session shows result A – that doesn’t mean that when linalool is inhaled from a joint, injected into the bloodstream, or swallowed, will also have result A.  It doesn’t mean it can’t, but for the most part, you could have result B, M, Z, or nothing at all!  The delivery of a compound is ultimately what determines it’s efficacy, since so much changes due to lung and liver metabolism, and from being destroyed by the stomach.

     

     

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