Terpenes are found in many plants and act as the basic component in essential oils
The mainstream focus in cannabis is often on cannabinoids and their effects, with conversations of tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) percentages and the benefits of cannabidiol (CBD) consistently at the forefront. Now, thanks to new research from the University of Arizona Health Sciences, we may be learning more about the effects of terpenes, the part of cannabis that provides flavor and aroma, and how it could be promising for pain therapies.
The new research suggests terpenes are a promising new target for pain therapies that would require lower dosing and in turn produce fewer side effects.
“A lot of people are taking cannabis and cannabinoids for pain. We’re interested in the concept of the entourage effect, with the idea being that maybe we can boost the modest pain-relieving efficacy of THC and not boost the psychoactive side effects, so you could have a better therapeutic,” Streicher said.
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