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The 4 Things You Need To Know To Create the Entourage Effect

Updated: Mar 24, 2022

The Entourage Effect is something that all weed consumers should know and practice. I know the common belief is to light up and smoke. But there is so much more you can do with weed and one of them is mixing up your strains, your consumption method and adding some aromatherapy and creating your own special weed cocktail.


Here's the thing though - the entourage effect is still being studied and is not completely understood. Everything I have written is based on my personal experiences and things I have done to alter how weed effects me.


Weed is a wonderful and often misunderstood plant. The THC cannabinoid is the most famous, then CBD, but did you know about CBN, CBC, or CBG?


What about the terpenes in the plant? Linalool, Limonene, Caryophyllene, Myrcene, or Pinene?


By mixing cannabinoids and paying attention to the terpenes you can change how weed will effect you. Did you know that by mixing a 1:1 ratio of CBD flower and THC flower that you will offset the high? And if you diffuse pine needle essential oil it may increase your focus and memory. Adding CBG to THC or even CBD may help with chronic stomach issues and help with inflammation. These are different techniques I have tried and have altered the effects of THC and helped me with chronic pain, IBS, depression, anxiety and even helping me focus.


Using weed can be challenging for some because of the effects. Each person experiences cannabis differently. I think being high is great and I don't think there is anything wrong with it but I know it's not for everyone. Using weed doesn't have to be about the high. Understanding the principles behind the entourage effect can help you change how weed effects you.


1. Get To Know Your Cannabinoids

There are 80 to 100 cannabinoids produced by the cannabis plant. However, only certain ones are most prevalent, like THC and CBD. I believe if you choose to use cannabis to help you treat any condition you need to do you homework. THC doesn't work for everything and sometimes to get the effects, the healing, you are looking for you need more than just THC.





2. Get To Know Your Terpenes

Terpenes give weed their beautiful or sometimes skunky smell. Little did we know how much they actually impact how weed effects humans. It makes sense given what we know about essential oils and their medicinal properties. I first learned about using essential oils when I used weed through one of my first cannabis education courses at Cannabis Training University.


Check out my blog series 7 Elements of cannabis - Terpenes.


3. Learn about aromatherapy

Aromatherapy has been used for centuries and became popular in the US in the 1980s. Today they are often a common household item. So what is aromatherapy? It's the practice of using essential oils for therapeutic benefit. When you inhale the scent of an essential oil, the scent molecules travel from the olfactory nerves directly to the brain. It specifically impacts the amygdala, the emotional center of the brain.


I found that when I diffuse certain essential oils I can alter how THC effects me, even CBD.


4. Don't try new mixes on any day

I love making my own weed cocktail mixes but if there is one thing I have learned - don't try them on a work day. Just because you think you know how it will effect you doesn't mean you will be right. Save your cocktail mixes for an evening at home or a day off to see how it effects you. And don't forget to add some aromatherapy.


5. Conclusion

Cannabis is a fun plant with many different medicinal properties. It's fun to get high but it's even better when you can make it work for you. Remember the entourage effect is still a theory and there isn't much research on it but I say have some fun with your weed and let it do more than get you high. Just adding a little CBD to your THC can change the way you will experience the high.



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Sources

Cannabis Training University - Terpenes The Healing Link between Essential Oils and Cannabis by Cathy Wilson


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