If you keep up with CBD news or have done a bit of research, you may be familiar with the term “entourage effect.” You may have heard it used before when describing the interaction between cannabinoids in the body. For those who have not heard of the entourage effect, it is the systematic interactions between cannabinoids to produce stronger natural effects by working off of each other, creating an increased benefit from the combination of cannabinoids.
One of the most fascinating components of the hemp industry is seeing how the combination of cannabinoids can work together to produce amazing benefits through teamwork, thus referred to as the entourage effect. Throughout this blog post, we will take a deeper look into what the entourage effect is and how it works to create a large number of benefits.
CBD Isolate vs. Full Spectrum or Broad Spectrum CBD
CBD has a number of different ways it can be used, as well as a few different type of extractions, which is beneficial in many different ways. CBD Isolate is perfect for those that are wanting an exact amount of CBD without any additional cannabinoids. CBD Isolate has all the terpenes, flavonoids and other cannabinoids, including THC, removed. While this means there is no entourage effect, it is a great option for those concerned with drug testing, have a sensitivity to THC or just do not need the benefits of other cannabinoids.
Full Spectrum CBD sought after for those wanting to benefit from the entourage effect. This type of CBD contains terpenes, flavonoids and other cannabinoids, including trace amounts of THC (less than 0.3%).
Broad Spectrum CBD is extremely popular because it is the best of both worlds, in a sense. Similar to Full Spectrum CBD, Broad Spectrum CBD gives the user the benefit of the entourage effect with the terpenes, flavonoids and other cannabinoids. The biggest difference is that the THC is removed, similar to CBD Isolate. This type of extraction is beneficial for those that want more than just CBD Isolate, but are either hesitant to have THC in their product or live in states with strict THC laws.
Unique Benefits of the Entourage Effect
Interestingly enough, when cannabinoids mix with each other they have an altered behavior in the presence of one another. This creates unique benefits that would never be capable if the cannabinoid were to be taken by itself. In 2010, there was a study that tested the effects of pure THC on one group and a THC/CBD combo on the other. Amazingly enough, the group that took the THC/CBD combo reported feeling less discomfort and had an increased benefit from the duo rather than taking the THC by itself.
But the entourage effect works on more than just THC and CBD. It works with other cannabinoids, such as CBN, CBG, CBC, Delta-8 and even through the combination of terpenes and flavonoids. Leaving the natural cannabinoids in allows the plant to do unique and incredible feats that would not have been possible if one of the cannabinoids were to have been isolated out of the bunch.
How Terpenes Boost the Entourage Effect
As stated before, terpenes interestingly enough have an effect on the cannabinoid’s behavior as well. Depending on what terpenes are located in the plant, the cannabinoids can have different benefits. For example, CBD can combat anxious feelings at greater levels when in the presence of the terpene limonene. The massive amount of terpene and cannabinoid combinations produces an endless number of unique benefits when these combinations are displayed.
CBD Isolates still have their place though. Many people may prefer an isolate over a full spectrum or broad spectrum product simply so they can have the comfort of knowing exactly what cannabinoids they are using; in case they do not want to take any unwanted cannabinoids. It also allows you to monitor the benefits easier by singling out the cannabinoid that you are using.
With that being said, the full spectrum CBD and broad spectrum CBD products are a nice alternative for those who want to experience the unique benefits that the entourage effect has to offer. To find out which products would suit your needs the best, it is important to do your research and find out the unique benefits that are offered from each type of products.
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