Breaking Down The Entourage Effect
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Learning more about the science behind how CBD products work makes all the difference when it comes to choosing the best product for your needs + finding a wellness regimen that fits your lifestyle. One of the first questions we get about taking CBD is a simple one: How does it work? The entourage effect is a key part of understanding the array of cannabinoids that can be found in hemp, and how they work together to impact our body’s naturally occurring endocannabinoid system.
Strength in Numbers
Scientists believe that hemp is jam-packed with compounds that have potential therapeutic qualities. Of these, we tend to focus most of our attention on CBD. However, we believe that CBD really shines when it is accompanied by other cannabinoids and terpenes that are naturally found in hemp. When these compounds work together to create a synergistic effect, a phenomenon known as the entourage effect occurs. Researchers believe that the compounds in hemp work more effectively together than one compound does alone, and have the potential to help you feel your best.
Think of the entourage effect as an orchestra, and the compounds found in hemp as the instruments. Each instrument plays a role in creating the harmony of a musical composition, with some at the forefront and others playing a supporting role in the background.
The Whole Gang Is Here
Without the array of cannabinoids and terpenes found in full plant hemp extract, the entourage effect isn't possible. Until pretty recently, most of the research about cannabinoids has been focused on THC. As CBD becomes more popular, and with the help of the 2018 Farm Bill, it has finally become easier for researchers to conduct studies that focus on CBD. Hopefully, this shift will also make way for more research that takes a closer look at other promising cannabinoids in hemp, such as cannabigerol (CBG), cannabichromene (CBC), and cannabinol (CBN). Each cannabinoid is unique, and there are over 120 cannabinoids in hemp altogether! There’s also a myriad of terpenes in the hemp plant that have unique properties in their own right.
What About Isolates?
Here’s the thing: When you buy an isolate CBD product, you’re missing out on all of the other cannabinoids and terpenes found in high-quality hemp. For our full spectrum products (such as Full Bloom and Full Bloom+), full plant hemp extract is used to create CBD products with a profile of cannabinoids and terpenes that mirror hemp in its most natural form. This also included a small amount of THC that some researchers believe plays a role in maximizing the results of the entourage effect. No cannabinoids are removed from our full-spectrum products, and they are often recommended for those who aren’t concerned about drug testing. Our broad-spectrum products (such as Pure Bloom, Bright Side, and Bliss Balm) also use full plant hemp extract that contains all the major cannabinoids and terpenes, but with one major exception. THC is removed to give those who need a THC-free option a CBD product that they can count on. When you begin to understand the entourage effect a little bit more, it makes sense why we create products that focus on full plant hemp extract.
The Bottom Line
Our mission is to create wellness products that make the most out of what nature has to offer, and that help you make the most out of your wellness ritual. Knowing how CBD works makes it easier to figure out how to personalize your regimen and tailor it to your needs, and ultimately help you be on your way to being the best version of yourself. We are so here for that.