What Is the CBD Entourage Effect?
The two most well-known compounds in cannabis are CBD (Cannabidiol) and THC (Tetrahydrocannabinol). CBD users know them both very well, being familiar with the natural benefits they provide the body.
What only a few realize, however, is that there are hundreds of other compounds that naturally occur in the cannabis plant (CBN, CBG, CBC, etc). These compounds also have benefits on their own that can potentially improve the body’s overall wellbeing.
CBD products that contain these other compounds enhance the effects and benefits you receive compared to products that solely contain CBD.
The occurrence of these compounds working together is known as the Entourage Effect.
The Entourage Effect Explained
The Entourage Effect is this combined synergy between multiple cannabis compounds working together to magnify the effectiveness and benefits of one another.
As explained by neurologist Dr. Ethan Russo, a long-time researcher of cannabis compounds and their effects on the body, each compound has the ability to enhance the natural properties of the other compounds. This means that when combined they will produce an effect that is more diverse and stronger than anything a single compound could produce alone.
Hundreds of compounds are naturally produced within cannabis plants; the variety of different compound combinations offered within the plant is staggering.
Understanding the extent of how powerful the Entourage Effect can be and how it can improve your experience with CBD products will require a closer look at the main group of cannabis compounds: cannabinoids.
Cannabinoids & the Entourage Effect
Cannabinoids (also referred to as phytocannabinoids) are naturally occurring chemical compounds in the cannabis plant that produce a drug-like effect on the human central nervous system and immune system. They interact with receptors in the Endocannabinoid System (ECS) which helps to maintain the body’s metabolic processes.
Scientists have identified over 100 unique cannabinoids within the cannabis plant, with many still yet to be identified.
When used together, the properties of each cannabinoid are enhanced, delivering greater benefits than they can individually.
The Entourage Effect in Various CBD Products
When searching for CBD, there are several types to choose from: Full Spectrum, Broad Spectrum, Isolate and whole plant extracts.
The impact of the Entourage Effect can vary greatly depending on the type of CBD you are using.
You can maximize the Entourage Effect by understanding the chemical profiles of each type.
- CBD Isolate
This is CBD in its purest form. Produced by isolating CBD and removing every other compound and substance from the extract, CBD isolate products contain nothing but CBD.
Because there are no terpenes or other cannabinoids present, you will not get the Entourage Effect when using CBD isolate products.
Keep in mind that you will still get the benefits CBD has to offer, but the effects of cannabis are severely limited.
- Full Spectrum CBD
This is what you get with Blessed CBD’s oil tinctures.
Produced by extracting all cannabinoids and terpenes found in the cannabis plant, full spectrum CBD has a full range of terpenes and cannabinoids.
Full spectrum can deliver a powerful Entourage, providing benefits that will exceed other types of CBD. There is a drawback to this form of CBD for some people, though because it contains THC (a very, very small amount).
Blessed CBD’s oils are full spectrum and contain less than 0.2% THC. This means you will not get “high” or have to worry about any psychoactive effects. Click here to view our CBD oils.
- Broad Spectrum CBD
A mix between CBD isolate and full spectrum, it is produced by extracting the full range of cannabinoids and terpenes present in the plant, but an additional process takes place that removes all traces of THC.
You’ll get similar benefits as that of full spectrum CBD, but without the THC. However, you won’t get the Entourage Effect with broad spectrum products.
Final Thoughts on the Entourage Effect
On its own, CBD is an effective compound, but when combined with other beneficial compounds found in the cannabis plant, you receive a powerful, compounding effect that enhances the effectiveness of a product.
By knowing the best products for the Entourage Effect, you can greatly improve your CBD experience.