What Is The Entourage Effect?
The Entourage Effect is the results (the effect) produced from the synergistic interaction of the cannabinoids, flavonoids, terpenes and fatty acids naturally found in cannabis.
What Does It Mean?
it refers to the beneficial effect of all these compounds working together as opposed to just one or two of these compounds working in isolation.
Simply put, the Entourage Effect is the benefit you get from ingesting multiple components of the cannabis plant together instead of ingesting one component at-a-time. The Cannabis genus of plants contains approximately 500 compounds. This includes about 100 phytocannabinoids (THC and CBD are phytocannabinoids, cannabinoids which occur naturally in plants). Other significant compounds found in Cannabis plants are terpenoids, flavonoids and fatty acids.
They’re phytonutrients which are responsible for the vivid non-green colors we see in plants, for example, the color of those shiny red apples and beautiful blueberries is all due to their unique flavonoid profile.
Commonly known flavonoids include catechins (as found in green tea) and quercetin (found in Cannabis, fruits and vegetables). Flavonoids are known to have antiviral, antioxidant and anti-inflammatory effects (especially the ones found in Cannabis).
Terpenes are the aromatic compounds found in all plants. These compounds are responsible for the uplifting smell of a fresh tangerine or the unmistakable sharpness of pine needles. Common terpenes are limonene (found in citrus fruits) and linalool (found in lavender) these can have therapeutic effects on the human body The very practice of aromatherapy is based on terpenes.
The Best CBD Is Full Spectrum CBD!
Health practitioners who use cannabis medicines in their practice agree that the Entourage Effect is real. People seem to respond better to products which contain multiple cannabinoids as opposed to single cannabinoids in isolation. This finding is in line with how cannabinoids are found in nature as opposed to being produced synthetically in a lab and is why you should aim for a “full plant extract” or “whole plant extract” when you are shopping for CBD Hemp oil products. This is due to the fact full plant extracts contain, in addition to CBD, beneficial terpenes, fatty acids, enzymes and other phytocannabinoids which are naturally found in Cannabis plants and a CBD product made with isolated CBD will not contain these other beneficial factors.
The best advice we can give you is that generally, full plant extracts are the way to go when you are looking for a high quality CBD Hemp oil.
Full plant extracts will give you tons of other beneficial cannabinoids, terpenes and fatty acids naturally found in Cannabis. These components will all act synergistic-ally together and produce the Entourage Effect for you.