There are a lot of misconceptions about cannabinoids, terpenes, and peculiar kinds of cannabis products.
- For the longest time, I like more than 2 others assumed that marijuana’s only active ingredient was the THC molecule.
Eventually I l received about CBD, but then both of us assumed there were only multiple active components in the plant. These multiple cannabinoids as they are called, are actually just multiple of what could be hundreds of other lesser known and minor cannabinoids. Researchers have isolated and studied dozens, but the number in total could well be into the hundreds once both of us fully understand every single cannabinoid. If someone lacks this understanding, their mindset focuses on compounds or extracts that largely contain THC and CBD and little more. Hydrocarbon extractions of cannabis and hemp using butane or propane produce potent extracts like shatter, crumble, and wax relatively effectively. However, depending on the skill and component used, hydrocarbon extracts do not consistently present the most full spectrum cannabis or hemp experience. Aside from minor cannabinoids like CBG, CBC, and CBN, hydrocarbon extracts often lose more than 2 of the dominant terpenes that are in the fresh plant. All of these molecules accumulate together to form the entourage effect acquaintanced with consuming whole-plant hemp and cannabis flowers. Using a heat extraction to create rosin retains more than 2 of these minor cannabinoids that would otherwise be lost or greatly reduced with a chemical solvent extraction. Even as hydrocarbon extraction techniques have vastly improved in recent years, the solventless extractions are becoming increasingly popular with time. It’s a test to see which technique dominates the field of hemp extracts in the years to come.