In cannabis, it seems there’s always a new phrase or term to learn. Like, you may have heard of the ‘entourage effect’ before, but do you really grasp what it is? Or what it means when a product provides the entourage effect? Well, never fear, we are here to level up your canna-connoisseur game. Use this article to soak in everything you need to know about terpenes’ effects, terpene science, and how it all affects the robust experience of live resin.
The Science Behind Terpenes
By now, you’re probably pretty aware of what ‘terps’ or terpenes are, or how they add to your cannabis consumption. On the surface, to know your terpenes means you know they produce weed’s unique and distinctive aromas. Which is why many beginning consumers believe cannabinoids deliver cannabis’ potency and effects, and terpenes deliver the plant’s scent. So many first-time, and new users choose their products or strain, based on taste or flavor, alone.
Of course, like most things in cannabis - it’s not as simple as it sounds. And, if you’re using weed for specific effects - you’ll want to learn more about terpenes, and how they add to them. Over the years, and with increased research, we’re uncovering evidence that terpenes may also be capable of producing their own effects. So each time you puff, puff, pass, or inhale the vapors of concentrated terps - you could be experiencing not only cannabinoid effects (like THC, and CBD) but also the benefits of the strain’s individual terp profile.
The Entourage Effect
In addition to terpenes and cannabinoids possibly producing their own effects, they could also be creating a synergy between one another. That concept is what’s known as the ‘entourage effect’. It's more than just a slang term across the industry. The scientifically studied relationship of cannabinoids and terpenes, could be that they amplify one another’s effects. So, together your high could be stronger and more intense with full spectrum products like our Liquid Diamond Sauce vape cartridges and Live Resin, than if consumed separately.
Terpenes and flavonoids have the same ability as cannabinoids to bind to our body’s receptors. This means their unique properties are able to add to and influence the experience or effects, overall. We’re also learning that certain terpenes themselves might combine for their own type of entourage effect. Like alpha- and beta-pinene. When consumed synergistically, the two terpene profiles could display anti-tumor properties. Although that would be absolutely amazing, more research is needed to be able to prove this.
Last but not least, it’s important to note that consuming terpenes on their own however won’t produce any sort of high. You’ll need THC to do that. To know your terpenes even more - learn about the most common in cannabis flower and concentrates today, with our in-depth guide here.
Terpenes for a Live Resin Difference
So, where can you experience the entourage effect to its fullest? While cannabis flower is one way to ensure you’re receiving both cannabinoids, and natural terpenes - there’s an extract that’s taking terpene science to all new heights (and highs)... Ladies and gentlemen, we have... live resin! Live resin is quickly becoming the most premium concentrate available on the market today, for good reason.
Rather than implementing a specific extraction process for a ‘badder’ like texture, or ‘shatter’ like consistency (although, those are cool, too) live resin is the pure, unrefined version of typical ‘extracts’. That means, the process from harvesting to extracting is fine-tuned to deliver the utmost quality and pristine version of what the plant’s natural compounds would be. In other words, it's True-To-The-Plant.
Including, the complete capture and preservation of the strain’s cannabinoids and full spectrum terpene profile. Because terpenes are quite delicate in nature, they’re the first to vaporize at high temperatures or with agitations. Which means the live resin process to maintain terpene integrity, is that much superior to the rest but can be faked. Without any regulation, other brands have been able to misidentify concentrates where terpenes have been added back in, as ‘live resin’. Hence, the need for a "true live resin" certification, which some 3rd party laboratories are creating.
With true live resin, you don’t have to add terpenes back in. Instead, you’ll experience the whole-plant essence and full-profile of compounds that are exclusive to the strain you choose. This is just one reason why live resin carts, and live resin concentrates are creating a group of aficionados. The potency, and pungency, that authentic live resin delivers is an elevated and enhanced way to enjoy your favorite cultivar.
Elevate With An Entourage
You don’t want to embarrass your entourage with less than quality effects. So, to experience the live resin difference ensure your elevation, only with the best. URSA Extracts never blends strains, and our live resins are all authentically true live resin from fresh frozen cannabis. Our sophisticated extraction process delivers three live resin consistencies to customize your dabbing experience, and the freshest live resin carts on the market today. Level up your game today with an elevated entourage of live resin you can trust - find an URSA Extracts retailer near you.