Entourage Effect: What is it?

  • What types of products are best suited to achieve the entourage effect?
  • Do I have to get high to feel the benefits of the entourage effect?

The entourage effect is kind of like a salad. The more stuff you put in a salad the better it's going to taste and the healthier and more nutritious it gets. Just eating the lettuce isn't the same as eating it with the other veggies. If you're not down with salads, the same analogy can be made with burgers, pizza, or tacos.

Knowing the difference between an isolate, broad spectrum, and full spectrum product is key to understanding the range of cannabinoids to expect, along with if it can possibly offer up the entourage effect.

Hemp and cannabis naturally have over 100 cannabinoids in them (CBD, CBN, CBG, THC and so on). These cannabinoids interact differently with the endocannabinoid system in the body (in charge of internal balance/homeostasis). Add in the terpenes and now we're cookin'. In theory, all of these compounds work together to achieve optimal performance in the body. When you have just one it doesn't do the job the same way as the whole team.

For example, CBD isolate is a product of extraction and refinement processes that strips away all phytocannabinoids except one. Broad spectrum products contain several of these cannabinoids excluding THC. Finally, full spectrum CBD has the full range of cannabinoids including a small amount of THC. The one that's most likely to pack the so-called entourage effect? Full spectrum. While broad spectrum is the next best thing, it leaves out THC which might play a key part in the synergistic relationship that cannabinoids have.

You might ask:
Do I have to get high to feel the benefits of the entourage effect? No. Low levels of THC will not get you high and may still contribute to the synergy.

The entourage effect is only a theory at this point, like most cannabis related topics the research is lacking. However, it is intriguing to think about and hopefully more research is right around the corner.





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