What is the Entourage Effect??
The entourage effect occurs when the hundreds of compounds within cannabis interact with our body. It is basically the combination of all these compounds to help create a stronger influence than any one of the individual compounds by themselves. The first scientists to suggest that the endocannabinoid system (ECS) demonstrated the entourage effect said it helped explain why botanical drugs were often more effective than isolated ones.
In cannabidiol, otherwise known as CBD, the entourage effect helps to maximize its therapeutic properties. Basically meaning, the cannabidiol in your product isn’t solely responsible for reducing anxiety or alleviating pain. It is with the addition of the other cannabis compounds such as CBN (cannabinol) and CBDV (cannabidivarin) along with terpenes such as beta-caryophyllene.
Terpenes are found in the skin of citrus fruits and essential oils. Because of this they are commonly used in bathing and hygiene products. They are also abundant in the cannabis plant with a study showing that terpene can bind to the CB2 receptors similarly to CBD.
The Most Well-Known Cannabinoids In The Entourage
The interaction between THC and CBD is one of the most cited entourage effects. While full-spectrum CBD has less than 0.3% THC the combination still provides benefits without the high. These trace amounts of THC in in CBD has been shown to produce entirely different positive effects on the body.
But the effects of CBD are entirely different from THC that you would achieve with marijuana. Because of the low levels of THC in full-spectrum CBD it is the weapon of choice for those that don’t respond to typical epilepsy medication and prefer not to have the psychoactive effects. Another favorable aspect of CBD is you can take it without fearing failure of a drug screening. Common benefits of CBD use include:
Using Whole Plant Medicine And The Affirmation Of The Entourage Effect
Preliminary research indicates that whole plant medicine improves the overall effectiveness of cannabinoids. The issue we continue to face is the lack of research and studies into these benefits. Keep in mind that cannabis is still on the DEA’s list of Schedule 1 drugs and the taboo surrounding it remains for many.
If you are an advocate for full-spectrum cannabidiol there is a good deal of data to backup your decision. A 2011 study in the British Journal of Pharmacology determined that cannabinoids and terpenes work together to provide greater therapeutic effects.
The same researcher, Dr. Ethan Russo, also published a more recent study that included the review of numerous studies on the the entourage effect. He concluded that one molecule could not match the positive effects from the combination of compounds found in cannabis.
Still doubts remain of the existence of the entourage effect and its health benefits. Because of this it is of utmost importance to conduct more scientific research to better understand the elements of cannabis including cannabinoids and terpenes. Once this takes place we will be able to then leverage all the medical possibilities of the entourage effect.
CBD is one of many powerful cannabinoids found in hemp known for helping to support our body and mind. Here at Healing Dragon CBD we do not intend to make unfounded medical claims about the health benefits of CBD. The FDA has not confirmed that CBD cures, treats, or prevents any diseases or conditions. Before reading this article please take a moment to read our full disclosure statement.