True To The Plant
marQaha has created whole plant extracted products since 2010, well before this was a globally preferred way to present cannabis as medicine. We recognized that, while this plant is medicinal it has also been used spiritually and recreationally for thousands of years. Given the spectrum of uses (sometimes many at the same time) we see the use as being therapeutic.
marQaha’s approach when creating a product is to combine, represent and elevate the most powerful components of each ingredient so they work in concert together. Terpenes are one of the more amazing elements that we choose to elevate. For example, our Blueberry Chamomile flasQ is designed to not only represent the whole cannabis plant but also elevates the whole plant profile and terpenes of the blueberry and chamomile plant.
There are 100's of potentially different compounds present in the plant, it's the interaction of these various compounds in cannabis that is known as the ‘entourage effect', here’s how it works. Cannabis contains 100's of chemical compounds. Researchers have identified over 60 unique molecules in cannabis known as cannabinoids, which include THC,CBD and CBG. Many other non-cannabinoid compounds are produced by the plant that also have regulatory effects. For example, terpenes, the molecules responsible for marijuana’s smell, have been shown to block some cannabinoid receptor sites in the brain while promoting cannabinoid binding in others. As a result, terpenes are believed to affect many aspects of how the brain takes in THC or CBD, while offering various therapeutic benefits of their own. While THC has gotten most of the attention, studies suggest many of the compounds in cannabis work together to produce this synergy of "entourage" effects.
Cannabis comes in thousands of different varieties, or strains. Different cannabis strains have vastly different chemical profiles that cause different experiences in the same person. This explains why sometimes cannabis can make a person feel calm, while other times it can make that same person feel anxious or paranoid. The chemical components of cannabis include, but are not limited to, terpenes, ketones, esters, lactones, alcohols, fatty acids, and steroids. The effects of all these chemicals working together and regulating each other will be much different than the effects of any one chemical working alone. Cannabis is made up of thousands of different chemicals that work together that creates a particular effect. Change the combination and you have a different effect, some of them are small while others are significant. This is the power of the plant and it's real potential!