What Is The Entourage Effect In CBD?
The entourage effect is in actuality just the effect one gets when consuming a full spectrum cannabis or hemp product.
This effect can only occur if all the components naturally found within the cannabis plant (cannabinoids, terpenes, flavonoids, and fatty acids) are still present after extraction and/or manufacturing of a full spectrum CBD product.
Even removing a single cannabinoid would make the product non full spectrum CBD and thus, you would receive no entourage effect. All cannabinoids must be present to create this symbiotic experience.
Simply stated, it is the result of all cannabinoids working together harmoniously to produce the effect that is naturally occurring.
Obviously consuming a full spectrum CBD product, where you have all the cannabinoids playing their part, is the ultimate experience. Isolated cannabinoids have their place, but they are not "The Entourage Effect" and they pale in comparison.
Think of the difference between a guy strumming a guitar and a full 100 piece orchestra. Not to say that a guitar can't have a dramatic effect to the listener, it simply can't compare to a hall full of musicians, perfectly tuned and working with each other, with cues from the other players and the conductor.
This is the Entourage Effect.
Many industry professionals and researchers believe that when all the cannabinoids, terpenes, flavonoids, and fatty acids found within the cannabis plant are consumed in unison, it actually appears to produce a much more effective product described as a multiplying effect.
Interesting, isn't it?
Each cannabinoid, on its own, actually serves a purpose. Each individual cannabinoid’s role is still being researched for its full potential. Nonetheless, when all components are present, it amplifies the effects of each other, making them and the final product, much more effective.
So with that said, it means that the sum total effect of the cannabinoids are not simply being added together, like 2+2, they are actually being multiplied!
IMPACT OF THE ENTOURAGE EFFECT
For instance, when CBD and THC are used together, CBD slows down the rate at which the liver breaks down THC. This enables THC's therapeutic effects to last longer.
While the most noticeable entourage effect example is the effect that CBD has on THC, research shows that terpenes and cannabinoids can also combine to produce more therapeutic benefits. Studies have proven that terpenes can impact the blood-brain barrier. This may explain the greater efficacy of cannabinoids like CBD and THC when used together.
Despite all the research, it’s important to note that scientists are yet to comprehend CBD's entourage effect in totality.
Some argue that multiple individual cannabinoids play a role in creating this effect, while others suggest that the effect could be due to the interaction of cannabinoids in the body, or perhaps a combination of both.
Either way, you should be happy to know that all of the CBD products at Dreamland Organics are full spectrum, as is our CBD and CBG flower obviously. Ideally we believe that craft organic hemp nugs are the perfect way to experience the entourage effect. We don't like to segregate our cannabinoids and instead let them play together as nature intended.