An Explanation of One of the Most Powerful Medicinal Discoveries: The Entourage Effect Full-spectrum is one of the most popular buzzwords in the CBD industry, but what does it mean? It appears front and center on many CBD products, including ours, but why? What is the Entourage Effect and why is it so important? What is the CBD Entourage Effect? How to choose quality CBD Oil to aid anxiety, focus, or sleep, to promote the entourage effect for maximum health benefits.
An Explanation of One of the Most Powerful Medicinal Discoveries: The Entourage Effect
Full-spectrum is one of the most popular buzzwords in the CBD industry, but what does it mean? It appears front and center on many CBD products, including ours, but why? What is the so-called Entourage Effect and why is it so important? This blog post examines the scientific benefits of full-spectrum CBD products and the Entourage Effect.
A full-spectrum product contains CBD along with all of the other minor cannabinoids and terpenes naturally produced by the hemp plant. That is, it contains the full-spectrum of hemp compounds. Fitting name, right? This is in contrast to broad-spectrum and isolate products. Broad-spectrum products contain CBD and all minor cannabinoids except THC. Isolate products contain only CBD. Full-spectrum oils are the truest representation of the hemp plant, and the most therapeutic. This is where understanding the Entourage Effect comes into play.
The Entourage Effect: 1 + 1 = 3
The Entourage Effect is a term for the synergistic benefit derived from all compounds found in the hemp plant. CBD is just one beneficial cannabinoid, but paired with THC, minor cannabinoids, terpenes, and other hemp compounds, a greater therapeutic benefit is achieved than any one compound in isolation.
CBD, THC, minor cannabinoids, and even some terpenes all interact with your Endocannabinoid System (ECS). Your ECS regulates a wide range of biological processes (sleep, appetite, memory, immune function, pain response to name a few). By pairing CBD with other compounds that interact with the ECS, it increases the effectiveness of CBD.
Dr. Ethan Russo is a leader in medicinal cannabis research and has shared multiple papers supporting the Entourage Effect. Many users have experienced little to no benefit from CBD isolate products, but have been helped greatly by full-spectrum products due to the Entourage Effect.
Why is CBD with THC Better?
Full-spectrum CBD oil containing THC and other cannabinoids is far superior to CBD oils containing just CBD. THC is typically the most abundant compound (outside of CBD) in CBD oil. THC contributes greatly to the therapeutic effects of CBD, even in low concentrations that don’t lead to intoxication (e.g. 0.3% for hemp products). This is due to the Entourage Effect.
All BATCH products, except for our Muscle Gel, contain full-spectrum CBD oil. Using our in-house HPLC testing instrument, we’ve identified and quantified seven well-known cannabinoids found in our extracts: CBDV, CBDA, CBG, CBD, d9-THC, d8-THC, and CBC. Additionally, there are hundreds of lesser-known, and less abundant, cannabinoids that we don’t have the abilities to quantify. All of these cannabinoids further contribute to the healing powers of full-spectrum CBD products.
What Role Do Terpenes Play in the Entourage Effect?
Terpenes are a class of organic compounds that also contribute to the Entourage Effect. They are aromatic in nature, giving plants their scents. For example, pinene gives pine trees their distinctive smell. Limonene contributes to citrus fruits’ odor. These compounds are also found in the hemp plant. We all know how smelly the hemp plant can be! Some terpenes (e.g. beta-caryophyllene) interact directly with the Endocannabinoid System and can contribute to the Entourage Effect and the healing ability of CBD.
All of our CBD oil contains naturally occurring terpenes found in the hemp plant. In addition to this, we supplement our products with terpene isolates to dial up or down desired effects depending on the product application. This is how we formulate different effect-based blends like Clarity, Dream, Soothe, and Calm.
All CBD is Not Equal
The high price of CBD may motivate some customers to search for the cheapest available option. While we’re all for frugality, we also have to caution our customers. Make sure the CBD you are purchasing is indeed full-spectrum and backed up with lab results (preferably from a trusted third-party lab). Look for cannabinoids besides CBD on potency lab reports. Isolate products are typically cheaper, but lack the true power of the Entourage Effect. We highly recommend full-spectrum products for the highest therapeutic benefit.
CBD Oil Benefits – What is the Entourage Effect?
CBD oil is increasingly a big name in wellness. It’s no wonder. The benefits are becoming well-known, and the research to back it up grows every day! There is another term though that is starting to become synonymous with CBD. That is the entourage effect.
Whether you’re vaping, eating or using a topical product with CBD, you can get the maximum benefits of the cannabis plant through the entourage effect. We’re here to talk a bit about precisely what it is.
What is the Entourage Effect?
Cannabis plants are filled with so many different therapeutic elements, and usually, CBD and THC are the ones who steal the spotlight. There are actually hundreds of cannabinoids found in the plant along with terpenes, flavonoids and fatty acids. All of these create something called the entourage effect.
So what is this magical effect that CBD users can’t stop talking about? It’s when all of the compounds in the cannabis plant work together to maximize CBD oil’s effects. So the cannabinoids, terpenes and other elements you find in your CBD oil combine to relieve your anxiety better, help you focus or aid you in all the other wellness issues you face.
CBD stands for Cannabidiol. It’s naturally occurring and is found alongside over a hundred other cannabinoids in the Cannabis plant. CBD is the second most abundant cannabinoid found in Cannabis. Cannabinoids are found in our bodies already and in Cannabis plants.
Cannabinoids interact in the body in a lot of different ways, but the most important thing to know is that they make up the endocannabinoid system (ECS). ECS balances out our bodies when they are dealing with stressors and helps maintain homeostasis.
In 1998 Raphael Mechoulam and Shimon Ben-Shabat were two of the first researchers to talk about the entourage effect and the ECS. They said it ‘ may represent a novel route for molecular regulation of endogenous cannabinoid activity.’ In other words, it was beneficial.
Recently a study by Ethan Russo supported the benefits of the entourage effect saying “The plant does it better.” He states that there is a firm foundation for Cannabis synergy, making it clear of the benefits of the entourage effect.
Terpenes are also found to work with CBD and other compounds in the cannabis plant and also help with brain health.
Terpenes Are Beneficial On Their Own
Terpenes not only work well with CBD but have benefits all on their own. Terpenes are the oils found in plants that make them give off a unique smell and influence the flavour. Plants had initially developed these terpenes to keep potential predators away and attract pollinators. Cannabis is no different, and there are hundreds of terpenes found in there.
The myrcene terpene is one of the most popular in cannabis plants. It has a more ‘earthy’ or ‘musky’ smell. It’s thought to be useful in helping with pain and inflammation. There’s also limonene terpene that gives off a citrusy scent and helps with issues like stress, heartburn, immune system deficiencies and has antibacterial and antifungal properties. Pinene terpene gives off the smell of a forest and is believed to be anti-inflammatory. Then there are lots of other ones found in the cannabis plant like linalool, caryophyllene and humulene.
CBD Full Spectrum, Broad-Spectrum and Distillate
If you want to get the benefits of the entourage effect, the best way to go is with full-spectrum and broad-spectrum distillate CBD products. Broad-spectrum distillate is what we use at Amphora with all of our products so that you can get the benefits of the whole plant, plus our added terpenes. We don’t use any harmful carrier oils or solvents, and our CBD oil is organic so you can have a great experience with CBD.
Full-spectrum CBD extract contains all of the wonderful natural elements found in the cannabis plant including CBD, other cannabinoids, essential oils, terpenes and flavonoids. Some of the better-known cannabinoids are Cannabigerol (CBG), Cannabinol (CBN), Cannabichromene (CBC), Cannabidivarin (CBDV) and Tetrahydrocannabivarin (THCV). It also has only small amounts of THC, the psychoactive cannabinoid found in cannabis plants. The THC will be no more than 0.2% in full-spectrum CBD oil to be compliant to the law in the U.K. Broad-Spectrum has all the same cannabinoids as full-spectrum, minus the THC altogether.
If you want to make sure the CBD inhale product you’re using is safe, you need to find the certificate of analysis (COA). A COA tells you that you’re getting exactly what the brand says is in their CBD oil, and it has been certified by a third-party. At Amphora, our certificates of analysis are easy to find on our website.
There is no doubt that one of the most exciting things about CBD research is how much more they are discovering about the entourage effect. You should be excited too! With a wide-range of full-spectrum, broad-spectrum and distillate products, you can experience all of what the cannabis plant has to offer. It means that you can get even more benefits out of your CBD oil to help you with your overall wellness.
Written by | Infused Amphora Team
The Infused Amphora Team is dedicated to creating resources to educate and engage consumers on the growing evidence of CBD benefits and the extensive health and wellness properties of CBD Oil.
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