What Is The Entourage Effect?
If you’ve been researching Full Spectrum CBD products, chances are, you’ve come across the phrase, “entourage effect”. Below we comprehensively explain exactly what it is.
The entourage effect can be described as the result or directly, the effect that occurs when one consumes a REAL full-spectrum cannabis product.
The emphasis on the word “real” above is critical because the entourage effect can only occur if all the components naturally found within the cannabis plant (cannabinoids, terpenes, flavonoids, and fatty acids) are still present after extraction and/or manufacturing of a full spectrum CBD product.
If a single cannabinoid is missing from the final product, the entourage effect cannot be obtained; this also means you were not consuming a full spectrum product.
The entourage effect is the result of the collegial symbiotic relationship of all naturally occurring cannabinoids found within the hemp plant.
In layman’s terms, it is the result of all cannabinoids working together harmoniously to produce the effect that nature intended it to.
It is the natural components of the plant interacting within our bodies and this will yield a stronger influence in comparison than if only one of the cannabinoids is used alone.
This is the Entourage Effect.
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A More In-Depth Look At The Entourage Effect
We’ve answered the question of, “what is the entourage effect?”, but there is a bit more to share in order to fully comprehend it’s power.
The Multiplying Effect
It’s been claimed by many industry professionals and researchers that when all the cannabinoids, terpenes, flavonoids, and fatty acids found within the cannabis plant are consumed together, it actually seems to produce a much more effective product described as a multiplying effect.
This is because each cannabinoid, on its own, serves a purpose. Each individual cannabinoid’s purpose is still being research for its full potential. Nonetheless, when all components are available, it amplifies the effects of each other making them and the final product, much more effective.
In other words, when cannabinoids are used together, 2+2 doesn’t necessarily equal 4. Instead, it could equal 5 or even more!
A true/real full spectrum CBD Oil is found to be one of the best ways to achieve the entourage effect. Not coincidentally, it is still by far the most popular way to obtain it.
Impact of The Entourage Effect
As stated above, the entourage effect occurs when CBD and other cannabinoids like THC play off each other while improving the desirable traits of each other.
For instance, when CBD and THC are used together, CBD slows down the rate at which the liver breaks down THC. This enables THC therapeutic effects to last longer.
While the most noticeable entourage effect illustration is the effect that CBD has on THC, research shows that terpenes and cannabinoids can also combine to produce more therapeutic benefits. Studies show that terpenes can impact the blood-brain barrier. This may explain the greater efficacy of cannabinoids like CBD and THC when used together.
With all of the above shared, it’s important to note that scientists are yet to comprehend CBD entourage effect fully.
Some argue that multiple individual cannabinoids play a role in creating this effect while others suggest that the effect could be due to the interaction of cannabinoids in the body or a combination of both.
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NOTES FROM THE AUTHOR
Compliance Director at Cannabidiol Life
If you are considering trying CBD for the first time, the most effective route is a full-spectrum CBD product.
With that said, if your job demands zero THC in your system, the next best thing is Broad Spectrum. Pure CBD is always a good solution, but as you read from this article, the entourage effect is what we should all strive to obtain for the promotion of complete body homeostasis.