Medical Cannabis 101

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Cannabis is complex, but it doesn’t have to be difficult. Getting the experience you want begins with knowing how cannabis works—and it’s not just strains and formats, either. Insa offers premium cannabis in a variety of formats and functions to help wind you up, calm you down, and ease your ailments.

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So How Does it Work?

Cannabis contains a variety of powerful compounds, which interact with your endocannabinoid system (ECS) to produce a broad range of effects. The two most important are terpenes and cannabinoids, which work together (in what’s called the entourage effect) to affect the ECS.

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Cannabinoids are compounds that interact with the ECS. You’ve heard of two of the most common—THC (tetrahydrocannabinol) and CBD (cannabidiol)—but there are more than a hundred known today, each of which lends its own effects.

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What Are Terpenes?

Terpenes are aromatic oils that give cannabis its taste and smell, as well as contributing to its therapeutic and medicinal effect. You’ll recognize many of them not by their name, but by the other places you’ve found them—in the items you use every day.

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Put plainly, a medical marijuana “strain” or “cultivar” is a variety with its own unique characteristics—often due to the unique mix of cannabinoids and terpenes they contain. Some produce balanced effects, while others lean in one direction.