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Whole plant

Alana Rossi
August 19, 2023

Whole plant cannabis refers to enjoying marijuana in its natural, unprocessed form as dried flower buds. Whole plant medicine advocates argue that cannabis is most effective when consumed in its original state, with the full spectrum of therapeutic compounds intact and working synergistically, an idea known as the entourage effect.

Whole plant medicine emerged in response to new trends of isolating or synthesizing individual cannabis compounds like CBD and THC. However, hundreds of other phytochemicals exist in the cannabis plant, including terpenes and minor cannabinoids that may offer therapeutic benefits through their interactions. Terpenes like limonene and linalool have shown bioactivity in studies, and cannabinoids like CBN and CBG are beginning to demonstrate medical potential.

While isolates and concentrates suit many consumers, whole plant proponents believe cannabis is more potent with its native phytochemical diversity intact. The variety of compounds may balance side effects and work together to better impact health outcomes. However, laws restricting THC access make isolates a viable option where whole plant medicine is prohibited.

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