The Leafpon Vlog with Kyle Presents: How to be a Cannasseur
This week, Kyle from Leafpon is suiting up to teach us how to become cannasseurs. In this video, we will be reviewing several industry terms and discussing the chemical compounds in cannabis. We will be talking about three specific chemical compounds: CBD, THC, and CBN. We will also be focusing on terpenes and describing how these affect their parent plant.
Cannasseur: A play on the words connoisseur and cannabis, a cannasseur is a person who enjoys the consumption of cannabis and studies the many varieties and their differing effects. These people typically will seek out the highest quality cannabis at the dispensary.
THC: The main psychoactive compound found in cannabis. THC binds with the cannabinoid 1 (CB1) receptors in the brain and produces a high or sense of euphoria. It can be consumed by smoking cannabis, but it is also available in oils, edibles, tinctures, capsules and more.
CBD: The second most common psychoactive compound found in cannabis. While CBD is psychoactive, it doesn’t produce the high associated with THC. CBD binds very weakly, if at all, to CB1 receptors. CBD needs THC to bind to the CB1 receptor and, in turn, can help reduce some of the unwanted psychoactive effects of THC, such as euphoria or sedation. CBD is shown to help with anxiety, depression and seizures.
CBN: The degradant form of THC. Cannabis that has been subjected to prolonged periods of ultraviolent light will have its THC degrade into CBN, which provides users with more of an indica-style effect that is associated with a body high and an increased appetite.
THCA: Found in cannabis flower, THCA is the non-intoxicating form of THC that has not yet been converted by adding heat.
CBDA: Found in cannabis flower, CBDA is the non-intoxicating form of CBD that has not yet been converted by adding heat.
Decarboxylation: The process of applying the right amount of heat and time to convert THCA to THC and activate the tetrahydrocannabinol in the cannabis. Without this process, the THCA will not convert to THC and the desired effects of the cannabis will not be produced.
Terpenes: Aromatic compounds found in many plants, though many people commonly associate them with cannabis because cannabis plants contain high concentrates of them. Terpenes are naturally occurring in plants and help attract pollinators and propel pests. There are recurring terpenes found in most cannabis plants because this compound effects the growth rate and makes certain plants easier to produce. Cannabis strains with different terpenes will provide vastly different flavors and smells and could even produce different effects.
Entourage Effect: When consuming cannabis, our bodies take in hundreds of botanical compounds, each one arriving with unique effects and benefits. These compounds’ behavior will vary depending on the THC:CBD ratio and present terpenes. This is the entourage effect.
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