Team TT take a look at what is known as the ‘entourage effect’ within the CBD world and what you need to know about this concept when using cannabinoid and terpene products as part of your supplement routine.
What is the Entourage Effect?
The cannabis plant has over 144 cannabinoids, over 100 terpenes and flavonoids. Every compound occurs naturally and has its own role supporting the growth of this plant.
The Entourage Effect is the term used to explain how each component of the cannabis plant works together to amplify the health benefits when consumed. The best way to explain this is with an example. For example, if you take a CBD isolate oil in isolation, you may not see the same positive effects as you would when combining them in a tailored combination of CBD, CBG, CBC and various Terpenes.
It revolves around the theory that all the compounds that we find in the plant’s components can actually work together harmoniously in order to create a much more beneficial effect than if consumed in isolation.
Research into combining cannabinoids
As the stigma around cannabis wellness is reducing around the globe, and the wellness and healthcare industries are realising the huge therapeutic benefits of cannabinoids, we are seeing more studies happening around the benefits and pitfalls of the entourage effect. These studies are often focused on more pressing medical concerns, such as chronic pain and inflammation. Some findings have discovered that combining CBD with other compounds can be extremely complimentary, with CBD working to combat the side-effects such as hunger, anxiety or pain.
When we buy an isolate CBD oil, what we are purchasing is an isolated compound, we’re just getting the benefits of a small part of the Cannabis plant. Researchers are now asking the question as to whether consuming other compounds found in Cannabis, along with CBD, could actually influence and improve the benefits we already see from using our CBD oils.
What are minor cannabinoids
CBD and THC are cannabinoids found in abundance. However, there are over 140 other cannabinoids present at much lower levels in the cannabis and hemp plant. These are called ‘minor cannabinoids’.Given their low levels, it’s much harder to study minor cannabinoids, but research is coming along nicely, particularly looking at CBN, CBG and CBC and what they have to offer. Some full and broad spectrum CBD oils contain these minor cannabinoids (although not CBN, as that is a controlled substance in the U.K, like THC), but usually in very small amounts. But numerous studies show that to really get the value, minor cannabinoids often need to be used in higher doses that wouldn’t be naturally found in the plant. Which is where the TT approach is beneficial, as you can supplement more concentrated doses of CBG, CBC and functional terpenes than you would get in a broad of full spectrum CBD oil.
How could ‘the entourage effect’ benefit CBD oil users?
Although this theory is still very much under assessment, there is some research to suggest that using a broader range of cannabinoids could improve the results you already see from your CBD use. A bit like the Spice girls, each on their own is ok, but when put together they create something even better. The same could apply to the different compounds found in the Cannabis plant.
The main thing to note is that you may not be able to feel the synergy between the compounds, as ‘the entourage effect’ doesn’t give you a high. Instead, you would potentially be more likely to see improved results, especially if you use CBD for physical symptoms or a mental health condition. Effectively, mixing up your compounds will create a more balanced reaction in the body, which will in turn create a more balanced and effective result from your CBD oil.
Tailoring your CBD.
Tincture Tailor’s products have been created to harness the power of the entourage effect. By deconstructing the plant’s critical beneficial, non-psychoactive, legal components, you can rebuild your own individual routine and maximise your health outcomes using the entourage effect. in broad or full spectrum products, the concentration of minor cannabinoids is very low, so you miss out on their beneficial effects.
By using TT products you can tailor your dose of minor cannabinoids and terpenes to track results and create the perfect routine for YOUR body. It is all about tailoring your cannabinoids to work harder for you!
Thanks for your blog, nice to read. Do not stop.
Thanks Mark. Is there anything you would like us to write about in particular? We also sponsor a podcast called Cannabis Uncut which you might enjoy.