There are many phrases or words that are unique to the hemp industry, and the entourage effect may or may not be one that you’ve heard before. Exactly what is the entourage effect and how can you benefit from it?
This article has everything you need to know about the entourage effect.
In short, the Entourage Effect is the phenomenon of using all the compounds in the hemp plant to create a CBD oil where they all work together for maximum health benefits. We’ll discuss more below:
- Basic Overview: What Is The Entourage Effect?
- Why You Should Choose A Full Spectrum CBD Product
- The Importance of The Entourage Effect
There Is Power In Numbers
Much like the TV show Entourage, in life, everyone has a group of people that they roll with. In school, you have your group of friends, sports team crew, band mates, sorority sisters or other circles. n the business world you may have your colleagues, peers, or contemporaries.
Throughout life, most people have some sort of entourage that they consider to be “their group.” Friendship allows the strengths of each person to surface, and also gives people the opportunity to work on some of their weaknesses. This is exactly what the entourage effect is all about, but with plant compounds instead of people.
What Is The Entourage Effect?
Getting The Best, Forgetting The Rest
So what is the entourage effect within hemp and CBD exactly? In the hemp plant there are specific compounds to focus on, and we want to highlight two in particular: cannabinoids and terpenes. CBD, which you may have heard of, is a cannabinoid, or a specific type of compound that acts on the body’s nervous system. Terpenes, on the other hand, are organic compounds in the hemp plant that control how CBD and other cannabinoids perform or function. This interactive relationship is what the entourage effect is all about.
Whether you’ve heard about the entourage effect or not, there is actually a similar entourage effect that exists in the world of food. For example, you may have found yourself adding salt and pepper on your baked potato last night, however, this actually is a powerful way to unlock the nutrients like vitamins and minerals that otherwise would not be accessible. Here are some other types of combinations that can prove more powerful when combined:
- Cinnamon can lower the rise of blood sugar when consumed with a starchy carb, while adding antioxidants to your breakfast.
- Black pepper pairs well with spicy foods like red pepper or turmeric (found in ethnic cuisines) to unlock their full pain-fighting and anti-inflammatory properties.
- Honey can add an additional antibacterial effect when consumed with tea or coffee.
- Caffeine is a powerful stimulant, however, when paired together with an amino acid called L-Theanine, it creates a focused energy, rather than jitters. This is the difference between coffee, which contains no L-Theanine, and green or black tea, which contains both caffeine and L-theanine. The two substances work better together than apart.
Nature is meant to work together. This is what the entourage effect is all about. The entire spectrum of compounds, working together to promote overall wellness.
What Is The Entourage Effect?
The COMBINATION of all of hemp's components working together.
The Reason FULL SPECTRUM CBD is more effective than CBD Isolate.
Why Choose Full Spectrum?
The entourage effect specifically refers to the phenomenon that Full Spectrum hemp products will benefit over isolation of a specific cannabinoid. This means that the terpenes found in full spectrum hemp products act as conductors or facilitators, and allow CBD and other cannabinoids to provide stronger health benefits, because all of these substances are together, in their most natural form.
What this means for you is that each cannabinoid works together to provide the body the most benefits, while mitigating any potential risks. Using full spectrum CBD products allows CBD, also known as cannabidiol, to *modulate, or change, other cannabinoids in hemp to work together, and work in our favor. Imagine this: you have a full army of healthy substances, and CBD is the conductor, guiding each substance to maximize their effects and play their role to the fullest.
*This is particularly useful for marijuana, because CBD has been shown to reduce the negative effects of THC when used in a full spectrum product or capacity.
Does The Entourage Effect Apply to CBD Isolate Products?
This is why we encourage you to go with a Full Spectrum CBD product. You will benefit much more from all the cannabinoids working together, in addition to terpenes, resins, and other antioxidants that may be found in the CBD tincture, topical, or other type of product.
The History of The Entourage Effect
The Entourage Effect was a theory first used by cannabinoid scientist, Dr. Ethan Russo in his paper, Taming THC: potential cannabis synergy and phytocannabinoid-terpenoid entourage effects.
The entourage effect, in Dr. Russo’s perspective, recognizes that terpenes are needed in conjunction with certain cannabinoid compounds in order to more effectively interact with the human body.
While this paper and personal experiences help validate the concept of the entourage effect, more research is needed.
The Importance of the Entourage Effect for the Future of Health
The future of medicine is not in pure substances, drugs, vitamins, or minerals. Rather, it is in optimizing these products to work best with the body. This means that synergy, or multiple things working together, rather than potency is the goal. At Anavii Market, we are excited about the future of hemp and truly believe that Full Spectrum CBD is the way to go and will help in ways even beyond what is currently understood.
Bottom Line: What Is The Entourage Effect?
Ultimately, the entourage effect is the powerful effect of combining CBD and other cannabinoids found only in Full Spectrum CBD products.
The entourage effect is the result of terpenes causing CBD to perform even better than it would in a CBD Isolate product.
When in doubt, go full spectrum!
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