THC, or tetrahydrocannabinol, is the main psychoactive compound in cannabis that gets you high. However, it doesn’t work alone. Terpenes interact with THC and other cannabinoids to create something known as the “entourage effect.” This phenomenon suggests that the various compounds in cannabis work together to produce a more significant effect than they would individually.
How Terpenes Affect High
Terpenes can influence the potency of THC by affecting how it binds to the receptors in your brain. Some terpenes may help THC to pass the blood-brain barrier more effectively, while others might alter the neurotransmitter release, which can intensify or modify your high.
Each terpene comes with its own set of benefits and effects. Below is a table listing some common terpenes found in cannabis, their effects when consumed, and the best times to use them in a lifestyle context, along with suitable activities.
Compare Terpenes, Their High and Which Strains You Will Fine Terpenes In
|Best Time to Use
|Relaxation, sedation, enhanced THC potency
|Meditation, Yoga, Reading
|Blue Dream, Granddaddy Purple
|Mood elevation, stress relief, antibacterial
|Social gatherings, Exercising
|Super Lemon Haze, Durban Poison
|Anxiety relief, sedation, antidepressant
|Bathing, Pre-sleep routine
|Lavender, LA Confidential
|Stress relief, anti-inflammatory, neuroprotective
|Work, Creative activities
|GSC (formerly known as Girl Scout Cookies), Sour Diesel
|Alertness, memory retention, counteracts some THC effects
|Jack Herer, Dutch Treat
|Appetite suppressant, anti-inflammatory, antibacterial
|Meal planning, Dieting
|Skywalker OG, Headband
|Uplifting, sedative in large amounts, antioxidant
|Ghost Train Haze, Chernobyl
|Decongestant, antifungal, antibacterial
|Cleaning, Outdoor activities
|Amnesia, Golden Goat
Keep in mind that the presence of these terpenes can vary based on the cultivation methods and the specific phenotype of the strain. It’s also important to note that different people may experience the effects of terpenes and strains differently due to individual biology. Users should start with lower doses and gradually work their way up to find the right balance for their needs.
Remember, this table is a guide and not an exhaustive list. There are hundreds of terpenes and countless strains, each with its own unique profile. Exploring the world of terpenes and their interactions with cannabinoids is part of the joy of cannabis appreciation.