Are you curious about the elusive entourage effect? According to Healthline, the entourage effect is “the theory that all the compounds in cannabis work together, and when taken together, they produce a better effect than when taken alone.” Essentially, the compounds in CBD synergize and provide amplified effects.
So how can you achieve the entourage effect?
Compounds in Cannabis
If you take a look at cannabis buds, you’ll see that they are covered in a sticky resin. This sticky resin contains hundreds of cannabinoid compounds and phytocompounds like terpenes and terpenoids. What you see isn’t just THC (tetrahydrocannabinol) and CBD (cannabidiol). Other cannabinoids include CBGA, CBCA, CBGVA, THCVA, CBDVA, and CBCVA. Full spectrum CBD includes all these compounds and phytocompounds. Broad spectrum CBD includes all of these compounds and phytocompounds aside from THC.
Broad and Full Spectrum CBD
The entourage effect is achieved by taking CBD that includes all of the compounds and phytocompounds within the cannabis plant. That means you can achieve the entourage effect with either full spectrum CBD or broad spectrum CBD. The entourage effect can be achieved without THC, which is why broad spectrum can help you produce the entourage effect. CBD isolate cannot produce the entourage effect because it only contains the cannabinoid CBD.
A Closer Look at the Entourage Effect
Most of the research on cannabinoids has been done on CBD and THC, but all of the other cannabinoids included in the cannabis plant bring their own unique properties and benefits. When they are all taken together at the same time, they work together and enhance the effects of each property. To understand the concept, compare it to cooking. When you add additional sauces and seasonings, the individual flavors enhance the overall flavor of the dish. The dish might be great on its own without all the other additions, but there is more flavor when they’re all added.
Studies show that THC and CBD work better when taken together versus when they are taken alone. Some reports show that both terpenes, flavonoids, and cannabinoids used together have therapeutic benefits for specific health conditions, including pain, nausea, anxiety, inflammation, and fungal infections. The combination can even help with symptoms of cancer and epilepsy.
In the end, the entourage effect is still just a theory, though a strongly supported one. More research is being completed to understand the entourage effect better. Individuals should talk to their healthcare providers before using CBD and THC.