What if you could get more out of your cannabinoids? In the entourage effect, CBD works with other cannabinoids to enhance their impacts. So when you take the full spectrum of cannabinoids together, you get more out of each cannabinoid. It’s like shopping during a sale. You get more of the things you want for the same amount of money. The entourage effect helps you get more out of each of the cannabinoids.
A Detailed Explanation On Entourage Effect
Why would combining the cannabinoids make them more potent? You might get a broader range of benefits, but why should each benefit be amplified? Could it be due to overlapping uses amongst cannabinoids?
There’s a little more to it than that. While cannabinoids have overlapping benefits, the entourage effect creates a synergistic reaction behind the cannabinoids. So, when you combine cannabinoids like CBD and THC together with terpenes and the rest of hemp’s compounds, an amplifying chemical reaction occurs. In a study, this reaction resulted in a higher therapeutic index from the cannabinoids and terpenes.
History of the Entourage Effect – CBD
Two botanists introduced the concept in 1998. They postulated an entourage effect occurs in the endocannabinoid system, where similar compounds increased the activity of other compounds. The botanists believed this explained why whole botanical supplements work better than their isolated parts.
Hemp isn’t the only plant to create an entourage effect. Complimentary and alternative medicine modalities have long noted the synergist reaction of botanicals. In a study on essential oils, the microbial effects of camphor were stronger than the isolated 1,8-cineole. Since 1,8-cineole is an isolated essential oil component responsible for microbial effects. Initially, scientists suspected isolating would further amplify the reaction. Instead, research showed the whole botanical works better by working together.
It turns out the same is true when you combine CBD and THC together. The CBD entourage effect is the same type of reaction as botanical synergy. When you allow all of the plant’s compounds to work together, their reactions become stronger.
CBD with Terpenes and Other Compounds
Full spectrum hemp oil contains compounds from the whole plant. Meaning, instead of isolating the various compounds in the hemp plant, they’re all extracted into the oil. By combining CBD with terpenes, flavanoids, and the rest of the compounds, we get the entourage effect.
The most potent compounds in the hemp plant are cannabinoids and terpenes. You likely know about CBD, but several other cannabinoids can benefit your system. Then there are off of the benefits of terpenes, a lesser-known group of compounds found in cannabis plants.
List of Cannabinoids Common in Hemp:
- CBD Cannabinoid (Cannabidiol)
- THC Cannabinoid (Tetrahydrocannabinol)
- CBN Cannabinoid (Cannabinol)
- CBG Cannabinoid (Cannabigerol)
- CBC Cannabinoid (Cannabichromene)
- THCa Cannabinoid (Tetrahydrocannabinolic Acid)
List of Terpenes Abundant in Hemp:
That’s not to mention the flavonoids, omega fatty acids, and amino acids. When we let the whole plant work together, the plant works better. Talk about teamwork. While there are sperate benefits of terpenes and cannabinoids that are worth honing, a full spectrum hemp extract increases each of the compounds’ activity. So, you’re getting more out of every component!
Benefits of Terpenes and Cannabinoids
The CBD entourage effect requires the use of the whole hemp plant. In the entourage effect, CBD enhances the benefits of terpenes and other cannabinoids. Working together amplifies each reaction, but what are the benefits of the individual compounds?
Terpenes benefits impact several systems in the body. In a review on terpenes, Myrcene displayed opioid-like analgesic effects. That same review pointed to anti-inflammatory properties in beta-caryophyllene. Another terpene that reduces inflammation is alpha-humulene, according to research. In contrast, trans-caryophyllene helped with digestive issues in a study on terpenes.
Terpenes’ benefits aren’t all physiological, though. In a 2018 study, researchers looked into terpenes’ benefits on anxiety symptoms. They discovered linalool, and monoterpene, available in lavender and hemp, to have anxiolytic properties. The compounds also have sedative reactions, pointing to the terpenes’ ability to help relax users.
You may be more versed in the benefits of cannabinoids. They’re well studied and far-ranging. A common use of CBD is to help with anxiety, which studies show is effective. CBG is a great anti-inflammatory, according to a study on the compound. The more we look at the cannabinoids, the more we see they overlap with the benefits of terpenes. This further demonstrates the value of working together. Let’s not forget, though, that in the entourage effect, CBD and other cannabinoids amplify the reactions of terpenes, and vice versa.
Mechanism Of Entourage Effect In Hemp Products
When we combine CBD and THC together with the flavonoids, proteins, terpenes, and omega fatty acids of hemp, we get the entourage effect. So, when looking at a full spectrum extract, CBD with terpenes will have accentuated results.
The cannabinoids, essential fatty acids, terpenes, vitamins, and minerals target our bodies’ endocannabinoid system (ECS). The ECS helps maintain homeostasis. Endocannabinoids, the cannabinoids created by the ECS, are activated through CB1 and CB2 receptors. You’ll find these receptors in the central and peripheral nervous systems. We experience changes in pain, appetite, skin, immune system, weight, anxiety, and more through our ECS receptors.
Further supplementing your body’s needs, the terpenes and other compounds interact with the ECS as well. That’s why you get more out of CBD with terpenes. Not only are you fostering the entourage effect, but you’re also getting the additional benefits compounds like terpenes provide.
Isolated CBD or the Entourage Effect?
The CBD entourage effect is impressive, but that doesn’t mean you should count out isolate formulas. They’re both great! It just depends on your needs. Isolates are perfect for honing in on the benefits of specific cannabinoids. CBN can help you sleep, but you may not want that in the middle of the day. So, isolated formulas allow you to target the results you need while leaving out the rest.
What if you want targeted benefits with the synergy of a full spectrum formula? While the CBD entourage effect requires a full spectrum hemp extract, you can still enhance specific cannabinoids’ benefits. If you don’t mind having CBD and THC together, a full spectrum formula with higher ratios of another cannabinoid provides the synergy with increased potency of a specific set of benefits.
Our full spectrum hemp extract contains THC, but we keep the ratios below 0.3% THC. The lower dosage of THC ensures you won’t experience any of the “high feelings” associated with weed. It also ensures we maintain within the legal limits. As long as there’s less than 0.3% THC, all 50 states have legalized CBD oil. Australia and other countries have slightly stricter regulations. The EU, for instance, requires less than 0.2% TCH in a full spectrum hemp extract.
Final Thoughts On Entourage Effect
In the entourage effect, CBD with terpenes and other compounds work together, amplifying each other’s effects. By combining CBD and THC together with the array of hemp components, we create a catalyst for botanical synergy. That’s what makes a full spectrum hemp extract so potent.
We can isolate all cannabinoids and terpenes for the benefits you desire. The entourage effect is just a great way to amplify those benefits. It’s all a matter of what fits your needs best.
Do you prefer a general full spectrum formula, an isolated formula, or a full spectrum formula with higher levels of specific cannabinoids? Let us know in the comments below!