What is the Entourage Effect?
The term entourage effect, refers to a concept that theorizes some cannabis compounds, which have no effect in isolation, affect the human body only when combined with other components.
Researchers believe the entourage effect explains why cannabis can be so effective when treating certain conditions while synthetic formulations of only THC or CBD may achieve limited success in some patients. Evidence suggests that although certain cannabinoids may seem to be ineffective, they may produce practical benefits when mixed with other compounds.
Oil extracted from hemp also contains many cannabinoids, flavonoids, and terpenes, as well as essential vitamins and minerals, fatty acids, fiber, protein, and chlorophyll. Those components, when taken as a complete product, make hemp oil a complete supplement and help encourage the entourage effect.
Full Spectrum or “Whole Plant Medicine”
The primary compounds found in the hemp plant are cannabidiol (CBD) and cannabidiolic acid (CBDa). CBDa is more abundant in live hemp than CBD. CBDa is most commonly known for its assistance with pain relief due to inflammation. In order to obtain get high levels of CBD in hemp oil products, raw hemp oil must be decarboxylated. This is a process that heats the oil, changing CBDa into CBD. CBD, CBDa, and the rest of the cannabinoids work together when absorbed into the bloodstream and have shown to possess a range of benefits through its interaction with the body’s native endocannabinoid system.
Hemp oil contains an extensive list of naturally occurring vitamins. Vitamins A, C, and E are present as well as B complex vitamins like riboflavin, thiamine, and niacin. Hemp also contains vitamins that are not sufficiently present in most modern diets, such as beta carotene, which helps your body gain the nutrients you need to maintain health. Other minerals like zinc, potassium, calcium, phosphorous, iron, and magnesium are also present in whole plant medicine.
Whether you believe in the entourage effect or not, full spectrum CBD oil contains many necessary vitamins, fatty acids and proteins that our bodies need. Not including the various compounds that assist in pain relief from symptoms caused by inflammation, anxiety and stress. As scientists begin to reveal more information about the cannabis plant, it’s hard to turn a blind eye to the many benefits that are being uncovered.