The "Entourage Effect"
What is the Entourage Effect?The Entourage Effect is the results of synergistic interaction of the cannabinoids, flavonoids, terpenes, and fatty acids naturally found in cannabis (or hemp in our case). The Entourage Effect refers to the beneficial effect of all these compounds working together as opposed to just one or two of these compounds working on their own.
Simply put: it is the benefit you get from ingesting multiple components of the plant together instead of ingesting one component at-a-time, like CBD alone. This is why we make our products utilizing the stems, leaves, and flower, not just trim like a lot of other companies use.
What components make up the Entourage Effect?
Phytocannabinoids are cannabinoids from the plant itself. Since CBD and the industry as a whole is evolving quickly and many companies are coming into the market, we are starting to see a new type of cannabinoid come into the market: Synthetic Compounds. We are big believers in utilizing the plant based compounds and not some extracted or manufactured compounds.
Some of the most common occurring cannabinoids are THC, THCa, CBD, CBDa, CBN, and CBG, however, studies have shown that there an additional 60 – 200 cannabinoids found in different strains. Since the biggest “hot topic” compounds are THC and CBD, those are the compounds most testing laboratories are looking for when running tests, but since there are other compounds that aren’t being tested for, they can often be lost in the shuffle, thus diluting the entourage effect.
So when a company utilizes certain extraction methods to pull out specific compounds at different temperatures, they are only really going after the big compounds that they can define, losing the other 60+ cannabinoids in the process, because how can you capture something you don’t know to look for. This is why we only believe in utilizing an organic, whole plant, natural extraction method.
Ultimately, the plant is the best medicine, so the next best thing, is the closest thing to the plant.
Flavonoids are phytonutrients which are responsible for the vivid non-green colors we see in plants. The color of those shiny red apples and beautiful blueberries is all due to their unique flavonoid profile.
Commonly known flavonoids include catechins (found in green tea) and quercetin (found in cannabis, fruits, and vegetables). Flavonoids are known to have antiviral, antioxidant, and anti-inflammatory effects (especially the ones found in cannabis).
Terpenes are the aromatic compounds found in all plants, many have medicinal and therapeutic qualities and work together with cannabinoids for better results. These compounds are responsible for the uplifting smell of a fresh tangerine or the unmistakable sharpness of pine needles.
A couple common terpenes are limonene (found in citrus fruits) and linalool (found in lavender) each with their own benefits and properties. Terpenes have therapeutic effects on the human body, so much so that the practice of aromatherapy is based on terpenes. Terpenes are such a significant part of the medicinal properties that we dedicated an entire post to it.
The best advice we can give you is that generally, organic, whole plant extracts are the way to go when you are looking real results for a high-quality CBD hemp oil.
Whole plant extracts will give you many other beneficial cannabinoids, terpenes, and fatty acids naturally found in cannabis. These components will act synergistically together and produce the Entourage Effect for you.