What Is the Entourage Effect?

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One of the many fascinating things about hemp is how different strains can affect people differently. Many people report that the same exact levels of cannabidiol (CBD) can be more or less effective depending on the specific hemp product. Leaders in the hemp industry are starting to explain this mystery with something called the entourage effect. 

What Does Entourage Effect Mean?

The entourage effect is a natural phenomenon whereby flavonoids, terpenes, other cannabinoids, and fatty acids have a synergistic effect with CBD. To put it more simply, CBD will behave differently based on the entourage it brings with it. The biggest takeaway from the entourage effect is that organic compounds from hemp may work better with a whole-plant instead of isolating a single component. 

What Is the CBD Entourage Effect?

For CBD, the entourage effect may inform the way the endocannabinoid system and body at large process the cannabidiol. Scientific researchers are looking into specifically which terpenes, flavonoids, and fatty acids have the strongest effects with CBD. We’ll get a lot more research in the coming years, but we already have some early thoughts on the effects of different terpenes.

What Are Terpenes?

Terpenes are a hot topic in the hemp community because of the entourage effect. They’re organic compounds naturally found in hemp and every other plant, and their fragrant oils give plants their smell. It’s easiest to think of them as the plant’s essential oil.

Do Terpenes Affect You?

CBD experts believe that terpenes do work to change how the body and mind respond to hemp oil. Just as people look to different essential oils for various effects, terpenes each have their unique set of properties. Some terpenes, like myrcene, can even help the blood-brain barrier let more CBD through. The next question to answer is, “what are the effects of different terpenes?” 

What Do Terpenes Do in Relation to CBD?

There are a wide variety of terpenes that can contribute to the entourage effect, and highlighting a few will give you a better idea of why they’re beneficial:

  • Myrcene – With musky notes of cloves and citrus, Myrcene is believed to help people relax, possess anti-bacterial qualities, and address inflammation. It’s also found in mango, thyme, and bay leaves.
  • Limonene – This citrusy terpene is also found in lemons and oranges. Natural health and wellness enthusiasts believe it elevates the mood to help them minimize stress, anxiety, and depression. There are also implications that it can work well for people with gastric reflux.
  • Pinene – Sweet pine needles are full of this terpene, and so is some hemp. People have looked to this particular terpene when they have problems ranging from inflammation to asthma. If you’re looking for mental benefits from CBD, consider that Pinene has been associated with memory and general alertness.

Is Full-Spectrum CBD Better?

Not only does hemp contain terpenes, but it also includes phytochemicals called flavonoids. The flavonoid profile of plants is responsible for each plant’s unique color. There’s significant evidence to suggest that flavonoids can bring antiviral, antioxidant, and anti-inflammatory effects. Combined with terpenes and natural cannabinoids, these natural compounds can help people get the most from their CBD experience.

Best Entourage CBD

Full-spectrum CBD from F2P Industries is ideal for people who want a full-plant approach to hemp. It delivers hemp’s primary natural supplement along with the full entourage of terpenes, flavonoids, and fatty acids. Pure, isolated CBD has shown some promising results for people, too, but full-spectrum CBD is generally considered to be the best option. More questions? Contact us, and we’ll do our best to answer them.

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