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The Entourage Effect Explained

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If you’ve used CBD products before or you’ve researched this cannabinoid, you may have heard the term ‘Entourage Effect’. Upon first reading about this phenomenon, it may seem quite confusing, however, it’s actually very straightforward. In this article, we will simplify the entourage effect of terpenes to help you understand the true power of hemp. 

What is the Entourage Effect?

In its simplest terms: 

The entourage effect is when multiple compounds from the hemp plant all work together to enhance the overall benefits provided. 

Let’s explain this further:

When you use a CBD product that only contains pure CBD and nothing else, you will only reap the benefits of this 1 compound. 

In contrast, if you use a CBD product that contains CBD, other cannabinoids, and hemp terpenes*, all of these different compounds will work together synergistically. This synergistic interaction enhances the individual benefits of each compound in order to create an overall more powerful product. 

This is called the entourage effect – thus, these compounds all work together as a supporting entourage to the CBD! 

*Terpenes are the essential oils of the hemp plant; they are responsible for creating different scents and flavours in the hemp plant, and they may also provide their own therapeutic benefits.

What is the Endocannabinoid System?

When we talk about the entourage effect, we are talking about the therapeutic power of hemp and CBD. Therefore, the endocannabinoid system plays an important role in this topic. 

The endocannabinoid system (ECS) is a biological system inside the human body. The role of the endocannabinoid system is to regulate a number of different internal processes in order to keep the body functioning well.

What does the endocannabinoid system regulate?

  • Mood
  • Memory
  • Appetite
  • Pain
  • Sleep
  • Stress 
  • Inflammation
  • Reproduction and fertility
  • Metabolism
  • Immune system
  • Cardiovascular system
  • Liver function
  • Motor control

It’s thought that using cannabinoids like CBD can help to balance and improve the functioning of the ECS, meaning it may help with issues related to these processes listed above. So, when the entourage effect comes into play, the benefits to the ECS would be enhanced. 

How to Experience the Entourage Effect of CBD

The best way to answer the question ‘is the entourage effect real?’ is to try it for yourself! To do this, you need to buy a CBD product that contains broad-spectrum CBD extract. 

‘Broad-spectrum’ means that the extract contains multiple other cannabinoids and terpenes alongside the CBD. Yet, there is no THC – so it’s completely safe and legal! This blend of multiple compounds is what will produce the CBD entourage effect.

Intrigued? Shop CBD oils here that contain broad-spectrum CBD extract. 

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