You may have heard the term ‘entourage effect’ knocking about a bit recently, especially if you are into your CBD products. But what exactly does it mean? In this article, we will be covering the definition of this term, and how you might be able to experience the entourage effect for yourself.
What Does Entourage Effect Mean?
Simply put, the ‘Entourage Effect’ refers to what happens when multiple different compounds from the hemp plant work together to amplify the overall effects of a CBD product. The theory states that, when put together, the cannabinoids and terpenes from the plant can all act synergistically, and enhance the therapeutic benefits in the body.
Although there is a huge focus on CBD at the moment, there are actually over 120 naturally occurring cannabinoids in the hemp plant. This includes CBD, THC, CBG, CBC, CBN, CBDa, THCA, THCv, and a whole lot more!
Additionally, there are many different terpenes found in hemp. Terpenes are the essential oils of the plant; they are responsible for creating different scents and flavours in the hemp plant, and they may also provide their own therapeutic benefits.
The idea of using hemp to produce an Entourage Effect is a far more holistic approach than using CBD on its own. It suggests that using the whole plant for medicinal purposes rather than isolating one active ingredient can be far more beneficial.
Research suggests that when terpenes and cannabinoids work together, it can enhance benefits for pain, anxiety, inflammation, epilepsy, and even cancer.
How Does the Entourage Effect Work?
When we combine multiple different compounds, we seem to get a multiplying effect. It is thought that each compound amplifies the chemistry of the others that it interacts with.
Different cannabinoids are thought to have different effects, although many of these do overlap. For example, CBD may help to improve sleep, and CBG may help to improve mood.
Different terpenes are also said to have different effects. Linalool is said to have sedating and anti-anxiety properties, whilst humulene is thought to help provide pain relief.
When we combine these compounds with all of these different properties, they boost one another, and increase the overall power of the plant.
Which CBD Products Can Produce the Entourage Effect?
When we buy CBD products, they will contain one of these CBD extracts: full-spectrum, broad-spectrum, or CBD isolate.
Full Spectrum CBD
Full spectrum CBD extract contains the full range of cannabinoids and terpenes found in the hemp plant – including THC. This means that a product containing full spectrum CBD extract has the potential to provide the Entourage Effect.
Hemp can be legally cultivated with up to 0.2% THC, as long as the grower has a license. When it comes to CBD products in the UK, they should ideally contain no more than 0.01% THC, which will be classified as ‘not detected’. Many CBD brands do sell full-spectrum products, but this is heavily advised against.
It is thought that CBD could actually counteract the unwanted effects of THC. It may be a sort of antidote to the paranoia and anxiety that high levels of THC can produce. However, full-spectrum CBD products will not contain nearly enough THC to have any kind of psychoactive effect.
Broad Spectrum CBD
Full spectrum CBD extract contains the full range of cannabinoids and terpenes found in the hemp plant, aside from THC. This essentially means it has similar properties to full spectrum extract – including the potential to produce the Entourage Effect – but has no containment of THC. Therefore, it is completely safe to produce, sell, and use, with no blurred lines around the legality of the product.
CBD isolate is exactly what it says in the name: CBD… isolated! This extract contains none of the other naturally occurring cannabinoids and terpenes found in the hemp plant – it only contains pure CBD. This means that products containing this extract do not have the potential to produce the Entourage Effect.
At Honest Hemp, we use broad-spectrum CBD extract in all of our CBD oils, CBD gummies, and CBD capsules. Our products offer you a unique blend of CBD rich in terpenes to give you the true Entourage Effect. We ensure that every product is 100% THC and CBN free – we have ISO accreditation and lab reports that verify this claim. Our products undergo strict third-party cannabinoid testing, and meet the highest standards in production and quality control.
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