The Entourage Effect
When talking about CBD, the term ‘entourage effect’ is thrown around quite casually, but what exactly is it and what does it mean?
Simply put, the entourage effect is a phenomenon in which all the compounds work in synergy with one another to give a more significant effect.
Think of it as a team, CBD, THC, and all the other compounds work together to achieve one goal, to make you feel better.
There is still some scientific debate on just how significant the entourage effect is, but there is a growing number of CBD users who claim to see significantly more pronounced benefits from CBD products that contain a variety of naturally occurring compounds, rather than just CBD.
What compounds contribute to the Entourage Effect?
Fun fact, there are at least 113 different cannabinoids found within the hemp plant, and each and every one of them plays a vital role. When talking about the entourage effect, four of these compounds really come into play.
CBD is the main cannabinoid found within the hemp plant. It interacts directly with your body’s natural endocannabinoid system to help regulate and maintain homeostasis and balance within the body.
Whilst THC is known as the ‘drug’ that makes the user ‘high,’ it is actually only found in trace amounts in the hemp plant, and trace amounts of THC are actually good for you. Working in tandem with CBD, THC awakens your receptors to allow the CBD to work its magic.
Terpenes are naturally occurring compounds within plants that contribute to the aromatic effect. In the hemp plant, it is the terpenes that are responsible for that unique and recognisable scent.
In the human body, terpenes are believed to contribute to pain relief and mood changes. The three main terpenes found within the human body are:
- Limonene – which is believed to elevate mood.
- Caryophyllene – is believed to protect the gastrointestinal tract.
- Myrcene – is linked to relaxation and aiding in sleep.
One single hemp plant contains CBD, a trace amount of THC, and a multitude of natural flavonoids, terpenes, and fatty acids that serve to not only protect the plant but also contribute to the plant's colour, scent, and taste.
Present in a wide variety of fruits, vegetables, and herbs, flavonoids contribute to the plant’s overall appearance, including its appearance, taste, and even colour.
It is a well-known fact that plenty of fruits and vegetables is the key to a long, healthy life. However, research is starting to show that the presence of certain flavonoids plays a vital role too. For example, certain flavonoids are linked to antioxidant and anti-inflammatory effects within the human body.
Put simply, the entourage effect is the combined effect of the hemp plants cannabinoids, terpenes flavonoids, and fatty acids all working together as a team. Many users of CBD enjoy the entourage effect and believe it has a significant impact on its beneficial effects on the body.
To experience the entourage effect from CBD, you will need to opt for a ‘full-spectrum product that contains a variety of all the different compounds. When you choose to isolate CBD products, will not experience the full entourage effects, and it may take some time before you start to feel the benefits of CBD.