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Terpenes: A Natural & Safe Complement to Cannabis Therapy

Cannanda is your source for highly prized terpenes. These are the natural compounds that give plants and flowers their distinctive odours and aroma. In essence, these are the “active ingredients” in essential oils.

For the cannabis plant, there are two major categories of plant compounds that determine the characteristics of the “strain.” First are the cannabinoids. Well known compounds in this class include THC and CBD (among many others). Depending on the strain of cannabis, the proportions of these cannabinoids range, for example, from high THC/low CBD strains commonly sought by recreational users, to the low THC/high CBD strains prized by medicinal users.

​The second major class of compounds–and the scientific basis behind Cannanda–are the terpenes. Here again, there are many distinct compounds in this class, such as limonene, alpha-pinene, beta-caryophyllene, linalool, and beta-myrcene. Their relative amounts are a key defining difference between strains. For example, indica strains are typically higher in beta-myrcene, while lower amounts are usually found in sativas. Also, the ratio of these terpenes (called the “terpene profile”) is what helps deliver a specific effect in the user. So ultimately, changing the terpene ratio in your cannabis changes its effect.

Smell That? Terpenes are Everywhere!

Terpenes are not exclusive to cannabis, and the terpene profile is also a defining feature of any plant’s essential oil, which is responsible for its aroma. Individual terpenes are also not exclusive to any one plant’s essential oil. For example, limonene is found in all citrus fruits, certain types of herbs and even nutmeg. Pinene is found abundantly in trees like pine and fir, and in herbs like rosemary. Essential oils are used widely as natural flavour additives for food, as fragrances in perfumery, and in traditional and natural medicines such as aromatherapy.

The Entourage Effect: Potentizing Your Cannabis

Terpenes themselves are known to provide health benefits and therapeutic effects on their own, but can also the influence the effects and properties of other compounds, especially the cannabinoids. This phenomenon, where plant compounds act synergistically with each other, is known as the “entourage effect.” For more detailed information on the entourage effect and terpenes in cannabis, check out this article by Dr. Ethan Russo.

Since we cannot make any medical claims regarding terpenes in Canada, we encourage you to read more about these amazing natural compounds by following these links to third-party websites:

General info:

​Terpenes: learn how terpenes work synergistically with cannabinoids (general article)
Terpene isolation could be the future of cannabis (general article)
Cannabis and Cannabis Extracts: Greater Than the Sum of Their Parts? (scientific article)

Specific Terpenes

Beta Caryophyllene

These compounds are what gives Cannanda’s carefully formulated aromatherapy blends their unique effects. All ingredients are food-grade and manufactured in a pharmaceutical GMP facility, bringing you the most consistent, high-quality terpene products available in today’s market. Our blends bring you a customized experience that you control.

Tolerance: Every Cannabis User’s Nemesis

Enhanced Effect™ is Cannanda’s first product launched and developed to help cannabis users overcome the negative effects of tolerance. It’s a proprietary blend of four pure terpenes in a base of Cannabis sativa seed oil that helps users experience cannabis like they used to.

​By helping patients reduce tolerance to cannabis, they can maximize its medicinal benefits. They can also use cannabis continuously, without the need to take “tolerance breaks”–which was previously the only way to reduce tolerance. A proper tolerance break lasts 2-4 weeks–that’s a long time to go without medicine when you depend on it daily.

What is Cannabis Tolerance?

In simple terms, tolerance is essentially an adaptation by the body that results in a reduction in the effects of cannabis. Although that’s the simple one-sentence answer, for those who are more scientifically inclined, please read Health Canada’s detailed explanation on cannabis tolerance HERE (written for medical professionals).

Pure Terpenes, Not Essential Oils

In order to adhere to the desires of cannabis purists, we’ve chosen to use pure terpenes that are found in fresh cannabis. [Some history: version 1.2 of this formula used essential oils of various plants, but because essential oils contain many other terpenes (many not found in cannabis) feedback from our user panel felt it deviated too far from what a true terpene experience for cannabis users should be.] Our base of cannabis oil also ensures only those compounds you’d expect to find in cannabis are used in this formulation.

This proprietary recipe also contains some non-psychoactive cannabinoids to support the endocannabinoid system. To learn more, click HERE.


Cannabis sativa seed oil, Cannanda’s proprietary EE Blend (beta-myrcene, beta-caryophyllene, alpha-pinene, D-limonene)

Terpenes on the Go

Our individual packets offer an industry first–the use of an environmentally-friendly, biodegradable, and compostable (in any municiple compost program) gel-packs to create convenient, portable, and discreet individual packs providing you with fresh terpenes on-the-go (click HERE for our other sustainability initiatives). Each pack was designed to approximately contain the amount of terpenes in 1 g of dried cannabis.

These individual packs also ensure the rest of the unused terpenes in the jar are not exposed to oxygen–one of the most damaging factors to terpene stability.

Directions for Use

Cut/twist off tip of a gel pack and squeeze contents into a clean tissue, hold close to nose and inhale the vapours prior to (and during) cannabis use.

If using an aromatherapy diffuser, squeeze 5 or more full gel packs (depending on room size) onto diffuser.

For use directly onto dried cannabis, we highly recommend everyone fully read our Tips & Suggestions page for best practices. Start with 1 drop, and increase by 1 drop per session until desired effect is achieved. Do not exceed 10 drops per session.