The Entourage Effect - Everything You Need To Know
Celebrities always seem to be surrounded by an entourage - that group of people who individually bring something to the group and even more so collectively working as a team.
The entourage effect in cannabis is very similar to this scenario in that each of the compounds in the cannabis/hemp plant has special abilities alone but by working together with the other compounds produce even greater effects.
This article will explain what exactly the entourage effect is, why you need to know about it, and the types of products that will provide the full entourage effect.
What is the Entourage Effect?
The entourage effect is the scientific theory that the molecular compounds in cannabis work together by boosting each other's properties and in turn the potency of cannabis.
It was first suggested in 1998 by chemist Professor Raphael Mouchoulum and Shimon Ben-Shabat who posited that compounds in the human body had a synergistic effect on one another.
They showed how a variety of “inactive” metabolites and related molecules increased the activity of our primary endocannabinoids anandamide and 2AG.
In cannabis, this translates to the over 500 compounds present (namely cannabinoids and terpenes) that work together helping to boost each other's potency.
Cannabinoids and Terpenes working together?
Terpenes have long been used in natural folk medicine to treat various illnesses. We just know them better by the plant they are in such as lavender, tea, thyme, sage, citrus fruits, etc.
These essential oils have been shown to have numerous medicinal benefits such as being anti-inflammatory, calming, etc. Not only do they provide the aromatic smells and taste of the cannabis plant but work together with its cannabinoids for greater effects.
It is believed that the very presence of certain terpenes has a direct effect on the potency and the specific effects of different cannabinoids.
Is Full Spectrum the best way to capitalize on the Entourage Effect?
Yes. Full-spectrum CBD would be the best way to utilize the full entourage effect as full-spectrum is cannabis oil in its most natural state containing all of its compounds.
It seems the more compounds the better.
Full Spectrum CBD Products:
- Wild Hemp Hempettes
- Wild Hemp CBD Flower
Wild Hemp Hempettes
Wild Hemp Hempettes are American grown CBD roll-ups that contain 100% natural CBD flower.
Each delicious flavor is packed with full-spectrum CBD flower which contains a full range of cannabinoids, and delicious terpenes all outlined in the lab report.
Each pack contains 20 hempettes with 75+ mg of organically grown American hemp in each with less than 0.3% THC so you can rest assured you can never get high from them.
- 20 Hempette's Per Pack
- 75+MG per Hempette Approximately
- Less than 0.3% THC Guarantee
- American Grown Hemp
- Third-Party Tested To Ensure Safety
- No Nicotine or other nasty chemicals
- 3 flavors including original, sweet, and pineapple.
Wild Hemp - Hemp Flower
Hemp flower is CBD oil in its most natural state. It is full-spectrum containing all of its natural cannabinoids, terpenes, and other compounds that you expect to get that entourage effect.
You can use hemp flowers in roll-ups, water pipes, pipes, and so much more.
Wild Hemp Hemp Flower is American hemp grown using organic practices and comes with a lab report so you can rest assured you are buying the highest quality hemp available on the market.
The entourage effect is the theory that all the compounds in the cannabis plant work synergistically together boosting each other's potency.
The entourage effect was first witnessed in the human body by observing the greater potency of endogenous cannabinoids when other molecules were present. This then led to researchers looking at phytocannabinoids in cannabis which exert similar effects.
To experience the entourage effect in its entirety you should look for full-spectrum CBD oil which would contain all of its natural compounds. The next best thing would be a broad-spectrum oil which would contain everything bar THC.
Early research is promising but to be definitive we require more clinical double-blind human trials to fully determine the theory of the entourage effect.