CBD AND THE “ENTOURAGE EFFECT”
In this Article we will discuss how CBD works within your body, along with Terpenes, Fatty Acids, and Flavonoids, to produce what is know as the “Entourage Effect”. Moreover, definitions of each and how important they all are in working together to give the user maximum results.
This can only be achieve by purchasing a CBD Oil that uses extraction methods involving the whole plant. Also, known as full spectrum CBD or Broad Spectrum CBD (minus the THC).
Unfortunately, many Brands use CBD Isolate only. This means that they harvest just the one Cannabinoid of the 113 or so that are contained in the Hemp Plant. Known as Cannabidiol (CBD), while not incorporating any of the other valuable components of the Hemp plant. This still will have many benefits, but not as much as incorporating all of the other valuable cannabinoids, terpenes, and flavonoids into the product.
For Example, you might get your car to run on regular gasoline from point A to point B, with no other liquids involved. However, adding the cleanest and highest quality gasoline and new transmission fluid and an oil change will help your car drive at its best quality and efficiency.
WHAT IS THE ENTOURAGE EFFECT?
The Entourage Effect is produced when all the Plant’s compounds work together to produce maximum benefits for the user. Rather than when just one compound is working alone i.e. just CBD or THC.
For example, taking one vitamin, as oppose to taking a multi-vitamin. Researchers have observed that these compounds all work together synergistically to produce more benefits to the user. In the past few decades there has been a great deal of research that has been corroborated on the Entourage Effect, and also clinical research trials.
According to Wikipedia, The Entourage Effect as it relates to THC, is defined as a proposed mechanism by which cannabis compounds other than tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) act synergistically with it to modulate the overall psychoactive effects of the plant. Cannabidiol (CBD) is under preliminary research for its potential to modify the effects of THC, possibly mitigating some of the negative, psychosis-like effects of THC.
WHAT ARE FLAVONOIDS?
There are 20 Flavonoids present in the Hemp Plant. Moreover, Flavonoids are one of the components of the hemp plant which are attributed to providing you with the benefits of the “Entourage Effect”. These consist of compounds that are found in plants that give them their pigment, filter out harmful UV rays, attract insect pollinators, and help in preventing plant diseases. Research has shown that Flavonoids have many beneficial effects for overall wellness. A few of the more important ones are:
• Apigenin- Also found in Chamomile Tea, Celery, Parsley
• Cannaflavin A- Only found in the Hemp Plant
• Quercetin- Also found in Berries, Green Tea, and Red Wine
WHAT ARE TERPENES?
Terpenes exist in most flowers, plants, and trees, and are the essential oils of each. There are approximately 120-200 individual terpenes found in the Hemp Plant. They are known for emitting strong scents. While they are known for aromas and flavors, they also protect the plant from sunlight, insects, bacteria, and fungi. They are secreted from the glands and is why you can smell flowers or trees in the forest.
Some of the more important ones are:
• Beta Caryophyllene
HOW EVERYTHING WORKS TOGETHER
Most Researchers agree that individual Terpenes and Flavonoids have little to no effect on their own, in relation to the body due to low concentrations. However, when they are all combined with CBD they generate a higher level of bioactivity, and thus more of a benefit to you or your pet. In Essence, using all the properties of the Hemp plant together harmoniously is how nature intended it to be.