Cannabinoids and terpenes are found within marijuana as well as within non-psychoactive hemp, and they are the main compounds that affect the human brain and body, including the senses of taste and smell. The “entourage effect” is the combined effect of different compounds found in cannabis that work together as a whole to produce a greater effect than if working separately to produce separate effects. The role of terpenes and cannabinoids enhances the entourage effect and magnifies therapeutic benefits.
Cannabinoids affect the network of receptors in the brain and body of the human endocannabinoid system, and they can provide a level of sedation as well as reducing inflammation and pain.
Terpenes affect the taste and smell of cannabis. Some research is starting to demonstrate that when terpenes interact with cannabinoid receptors they can assist or hinder the effects of cannabinoids. Many cultivators are now becoming more concerned with preserving terpenes in order to enhance the flavor profiles of cannabis. Also, the use of the entire plant versus isolated components may provide more benefits.
The most common cannabinoids that demonstrate the entourage effect are THC and CBD. Both may provide a host of medical uses, however, the effects of THC can vary from one person to another and can sometimes be uncomfortable. By managing the ratio of CBD to THC, users can take full advantage of the entourage effect and have a better experience.
Preserving cannabinoids and terpenes during the cultivation, drying and curing will provide a higher-quality product for the consumer.
During the drying and curing process, an unstable environment of temperature, airflow and humidity can quickly degrade the quality of the cannabinoids and terpenes.
At Cann Systems, we provide cultivators with a solution to manage and maintain a consistent environment. Our systems include intuitive touch-screen controls with remote access capabilities that allow complete control over the drying room, operating conditions that provide a careful and gentle dry that respects quality, and repeatable settings for consistent results. Reach out to us for a FREE drying consultation. We offer complete units for the small to large grower, can build a new dry room from scratch, or add components to improve the conditions in your existing room.