Cannabis is not just a small plant but a home to hundreds of therapeutic compounds known as cannabinoids and terpenoids. You must have read about two highly researched cannabinoids CBD and THC, but these are just two among the hundreds of important components present in the cannabis plant. All these compounds work together in synergy to produce an effect known as “entourage effect”. Let us know more about this effect and how using the whole plant can create a whole new level of healing.
A Detailed Explanation On Entourage Effect
The entourage effect is a mechanism by which the compounds present in the cannabis plant work together in synergy to offer more benefits than any single compound alone.
The phrase entourage effect was first introduced in 1999. When all the cannabinoids (ie.e CBD, CBC, CBN, CBG etc), terpenes along with other compounds work together they produce an effect which is much stronger than using CBD alone, termed as Entourage Effect.
The Effectiveness Of Whole Plant Medicine
“Whole Plant” refers to the Full Spectrum plant or the cannabis plant as a whole. Whole-Plant consists of hundreds of cannabinoid, terpenoids and other effective compounds.
Some of the most abundant cannabinoids include:
Some of the abundant terpenoids include:
Each of these compounds has its own therapeutic benefits on our body. When these are combined in one plant referred to as Full Spectrum they work in synergy to produce a multiplying effect on one’s body.
The Working Of Cannabinoids And Terpenes
The diverse availability of compounds in the whole plant extract offers remarkable benefits.
Ethan Russo, M.D, who studied cannabis compounds and their role in the body explains how cannabinoids present in the cannabis plant influence each other’s working on the body. Not just CBD and THC but even small amounts of terpenes can create an impact.
For example, a combination of different types of terpenes such as myrcene, pinene, and caryophyllene can help in relieving anxiety.
The mixture of terpenes, linalool and limonene with CBG can help in the treatment of MRSA bacterial strain. These are just a few examples of possible synergies, there are a plethora of other medical possibilities that whole plant medicine can have on our body.
Mechanism Of Entourage Effect In Hemp Products
Hemp is a source of CBD and many other beneficial compounds such as terpenes, vitamins, minerals, other phytocannabinoids and fatty acids. When all of these compounds along with CBD work together in our body, they become more effective as against an isolated CBD compound.
However, it’s not true that isolated or purest CBD does not have any individual effect. Instead, this form has its individual applications that are beneficial for one’s body.
When full-spectrum CBD consisting of cannabinoids, essential fatty acids, terpenes, vitamins and minerals enter our body, they target the endocannabinoid system present in our body. This ECS is home to many naturally occurring cannabinoids that work together to help in maintaining homeostasis in our body. The two main receptors that are influenced by whole plant CBD are CB1 and CB2. Both of these can help in regulating different bodily functions such as pain, appetite, skin, immune response, weight, anxiety and more.
The terpenes present in the Hemp plant also possess a wide array of benefits for our body. Terpenes are responsible for giving a distinct smell to the cannabis plant. These terpenes contribute to a person’s overall health and wellbeing by offering a variety of benefits.
Final Thoughts On Entourage Effect
Entourage Effect is a lot beneficial for our body as it combines all the ingredients of the hemp plant to provide a synergistic effect. While terpenes, cannabinoids and other compounds have their individual effect, they become more powerful when combined as their effects are multiplied thus making the whole plant an incredible remedy to treat a plethora of health issues.
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