When purchasing CBD online, you may come across a term that goes hand-in-hand with Full Spectrum CBD. In this article we’re going to go over what the entourage effect is and why it’s beneficial to us.
What is the Entourage Effect?
When CBD is extracted from the hemp plant, it brings a lot of other natural, cannabinoid compounds with it. Compounds like omega acids, terpenes, and flavonoids work together with CBD to form a synergy between them called the “entourage effect”. In 2010, neurologist Dr. Ethan Russo thoroughly described the workings of the entourage effect in a review called “Taming THC: cannabinoid synergy and phytocannabinoid-terpenoid entourage effects” In his studies, he detailed the benefits of cannabinoids and hints at their potential synergistic effects. He found that:
- CBD and caryophyllene may have the potential to help with addiction.
- Cannabinoid pinene and CBD has the potential to counter memory loss caused by THC.
- CBD and limonene working together might have the potential to help with anxiety.
All of these compounds are extracted with CBD from the hemp plant. He further states that because of the synergy between THC, myrcene, and caryophyllene, they create a strain that may be recommended for someone who’s looking for pain relief and better sleep.
Along with this, CBD contains other beneficial compounds such as Omega-3 acids, Vitamin E, and plant sterols. Though the research on these compounds are limited, it is understood that our Endocannabinoid system (ECS) uses Omega 3 acids to create its own cannabinoids. Additionally, the ECS creates its own cannabinoids to absorb the cannabinoids we consume. Because of this discovery, it’s obvious that our body and our ECS needs Omega-3 fatty acids to function properly.
What do I get from the Entourage effect?
The Entourage effect may prove beneficial for those who take Full Spectrum CBD. According to anecdotal research, because of the entourage effect, consumers feel a heightened sense of relief and relaxation. In some reviews, like this study in 2010, researchers have hinted that the Entourage effect may have potentially soothing inflammatory qualities.
In the next several years, LivingTree looks forward to the ongoing research that will shed more light on CBD, how it interacts with our endocannabinoid system, and how it may be used for medicinal purposes.