Cannanda is an Ontario based company founded by a naturopathic physician with an extensive background consulting in the natural health and cannabis industries. Their name fuses the latter with the Sanskrit word "ananda" (bliss), which anandamide is named after. (Anandamide is a messenger molecule in the endocannabinoid system which helps keeps mammals' and other vertebrates' nervous system, immune system, digestive system, and other major organs and systems in homeostatis, and has a role in the pain-reduction aspect of the "runner's high.")
Drawing on what has been learned in the recreational, medicinal, and academically-based research fields on marijuana, Cannanda has developed several non-cannabis based products which can either:
* complement the effects of marijuana products for those who are already using cannabis products (by capitalizing on the "entourage effect," wherein some of the other constituents naturally present in the plant have a synergistic effect, to either amplify some of the beneficial effects of the major cannabinoids or to counteract some of their drawbacks); or, * replicate some of their effects, for those who are not.
The key to the unique effects of these products (which currently include three advanced aromatherapy blends, and a salve and a hemp seed oil which incorporate the CB2 blend in particular) are the types and ratios of the carefully selected and blended terpenes which go into them.
Terpenes are the aromatic compounds which give certain herbs and trees their characteristic scents (and sometimes colours or textures, as well), which either attract beneficial insects (such as pollinators) or repel grazing animals or harmful pests from the plants themselves (either by smell or with bitter tastes), and may also have a variety of beneficial effects when we inhale, ingest, or apply them topically, which is why they have been extracted as essential oils from other types of plants (such as lavender) for centuries.
Over the years, both users and producers and researchers of marijuana have noticed different cannabis strains not only have different odours and flavours owing to the different ratios or profiles of the terpenes present in them, but also characteristics (e.g., sedating, calming, or energizing), even after the levels of the major cannabinoids THC and CBD are taken into account. This has not only led to extensive testing to identify which terpenes are present in the most favoured strains and in what concentrations, but also to refinements in both production and cultivation techniques to offer new varieties or forms of marijuana in which particular terpenes predominate. It turns out that although there may be as many as 200 terpenes in cannabis plants in all, most are only present in trace amounts, while about two dozen are fairly common or appear in relatively large quantities (although collectively they still only make up about 1% of the volume of the entire plants).
Fortunately, most if not all of those more prevalent terpenes also appear in other types of plants, however. For example, Camphene can be found in camphor or cypress oil (among other things -- most of the items in this list on nine select types of terpenes have several other members); Caryophyllene is also in cloves; Cineole is in eucalyptus oil; Humulene can be found in sage; Limonene in lemons or other citrus fruit rinds; Linalool in lavender; Myrcene in lemongrass or mangoes; Pinene is also in, yes, pine needles; and Terpineol can be found in either pine or cajuput oil, as well as in cannabis.
Cannanda has built on that research, carefully selecting a number of types of terpenes typically found in cannabis products which: 1) have been studied and found to have therapeutic effects, especially in the areas of reducing inflammation, managing pain, fostering immunity, and reducing anxiety; and 2) are all found in other types of plants, as well -- which is how they have been sourced in their products.
The various terpene-providing ingredients Cannanda has selected, extracted and blended for those purposes are all therapeutic-grade and manufactured in a pharmaceutical GMP facility, to deliver the most consistent, high-quality terpene products available in today's market, which are completely devoid of both THC and CBD and are thus completely legal to purchase in Canada.
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