What Is The Entourage Effect?
What is the entourage effect? No, it has nothing to do with the cable television show. It’s a term that was coined in the 1990s by two scientists describing the results of tests they conducted on cannabis. The results showed that using the whole plant, with its array of natural chemicals like cannabinoids and terpenes, is more beneficial than using just a single part of it. One enhances and supports the other…like an entourage.
Full spectrum CBD
We sell full spectrum CBD, also called whole plant CBD because the synergistic effects of the compounds, the entourage effect, may be more beneficial in supporting a variety of conditions.
Not all CBD products offer the entourage effect. CBD isolates remove all hemp plant compounds including any trace amounts of THC, with the goal to produce pure CBD. Many important compounds are removed during the process.
The importance of cannabinoids and terpenes.
In addition to CBD, full spectrum CBD contains trace amounts of cannabinoids, including CBG (Cannabigerol) and CBC (Cannabichromene). Terpenes are also necessary for CBD’s entourage effect.
Terpenes are fragrant, potent molecules responsible for the aroma and flavor of plants. However, terpenes do more than provide flavor and aroma. They also support other cannabis compounds by interacting directly with your body in various ways.
Whole-plant cannabis (that includes terpenes) may be superior to isolated compounds from the plant. Take inflammation as one example. The terpenes alpha-pinene and beta-caryophyllene interfere with molecules that dilate our blood vessels. Less dilation is associated with less inflammation. If CBD helps with inflammation, a full spectrum CBD product that contains alpha-pinene and CBD may offer more support.
OK, chemistry class is over. That’s the entourage effect, illustrating how full spectrum CBD with cannabinoids and terpenes may be more beneficial than CBD alone.