The Entourage Effect
If you've started researching CBD, Cannabis, Hemp, Marijuana, etc., you have more than likely come across a term called, 'The Entourage Effect.' This has absolutely nothing to do with the television show, Entourage, except for the idea of rolling as a team. Within Cannabis are a plethora of Cannabinoids which are essentially the active compounds/constituents that make up the plant. This entourage either amplifies or dials down the effects of cannabinoids, hence the name, the “entourage effect.”
An easy way to explain the entourage effect is the philosophy that the whole is greater than the sum of its parts. This means that the single components of the entire cannabis herb work as one to create a synergy not seen when the plant compounds are isolated. From a therapeutic perspective, CBD is the celebrity of cannabis, and terpenes (aromatic organic compounds), are the primary members of its entourage. By bonding with CBD, terpenes are thought to enhance its benefits. Terpenes are the aromatic compounds found in all plants. These compounds are responsible for the uplifting smell and have many therapeutic effects on the human body - aromatherapy is literally based on terpenes.
Another way of explaining the Entourage Effect simply is the benefit you get from ingesting multiple components of the cannabis plant together instead of ingesting one component at-a-time. To give you an idea of how many compounds there are, research suggests that the cannabis genus of plants contains roughly 500 compounds. This includes about 100 phytocannabinoids (THC and CBD are phytocannabinoids, cannabinoids which occur naturally in plants). Other significant compounds found in cannabis plants are terpenoids, flavonoids, and fatty acids.
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