IT’S NOT JUST THC – THE ENTOURAGE EFFECT
“Don’t waste my time with anything less than 20%.” We’ve all heard people fawn over THC content. In fact, you’ve probably done it too. But for thirty years, while cannabis cultivators and users have chased the 30% THC barrier, researchers have quietly studied cannabis’ other active compounds. They’ve worked painstakingly to convince us that, sure, THC is important, but there are many other compounds that need to be part of the conversation. Other compounds that work alongside THC to give each strain its character. Myrcene. CBD. CBA. CBN. CBG. CBC. The list goes on.
The point is, while THC is the primary psychoactive compound in cannabis, it works alongside an impressive entourage. Let’s dig into the compounds that really make a strain special.
Perhaps the second most well-known cannabinoid, CBD has surfed a wave of accolades for the past decade. In no small part due to Charlotte’s Web, the Stanley Family’s miracle strain for seizure disorders (licensed exclusively in Illinois by aerīz), CBD is being praised more and more for its non-psychoactive medicinal properties. It’s proven effective not just in seizure disorders, but pain, inflammation and anxiety as well.
For patients who enjoy a milder experience, equal CBD-THC strains are a superb option, as CBD helps mellow the psychoactive nature of THC. Some of the most popular aerīz strains are grown to do just that.
Terpenes are a fascinatingly complex world of their own – a complex world to be discussed in more detail down the line – BUT the main thing to know is terpenes give foods, perfumes, nature itself and of course, cannabis strains three main things: its flavor profile, its scent profile and a portion of its medicinal profile. They’re kinda like behind the scenes workers who make the whole better than the sum of its parts. They add a depth and a character that we’re only beginning to understand. (Think lemon and honey in hot water for cold/inflammation)
While the art of terpenes is not fully understood, we know, for example, myrcene sedates. Linalool brightens. Limonene is used to promote weight loss, prevent/treat cancer and bronchitis. The list goes on. aerīz is proud to incorporate its terpene test results into its strain choices and to use terpene profiles as a medicinal asset.
In Illinois’ only aeroponic cultivation center (the largest of its kind worldwide), aerīz is able to grow more precise crops than other types of cultivation. We test our aeroponically grown flower for a wide range of terpenes and cannabinoids, ensuring your senses are enlightened by aerīz products.