What is “The Entourage Effect”?
CBD has become incredibly popular over the past few years, and with good reason. Some scientific evidence, and the personal testimony of millions of users, have found that CBD can help to alleviate a variety of physical and emotional problems. Furthermore, there has been a change in laws across dozens of countries, including the United States, which has legalized the compound and made it commercially available to billions. All of this has resulted in an explosion of popularity for the substance, resulting in some estimates which state that CBD will generate $22 billion over the next three years.
Since CBD is so new, there are still many aspects of the compound which are not yet understood. One such example is the “Entourage Effect,” which occurs in certain types of CBD.
Types Of CBD
Broadly speaking, there are three different types of CBD:
- Full Spectrum CBD: CBD in its most “natural” and unprocessed form. It contains all naturally occurring ingredients, including THC (tetrahydrocannabinol, the compound in cannabis and marijuana commonly associated with getting high), terpenes and cannabinoids.
- Broad Spectrum CBD: The same as Full Spectrum, but without any THC. This is a better CBD substance for individuals who cannot risk testing positive on a drug test (which is possible, but unlikely, for any CBD substance which contains THC) or prefer not to take a compound with THC.
- CBD Isolate: Isolate is CBD in its purest form. It is CBD, extracted from all other substances, which turns the isolate into a powdery substance which can then be dipped or mixed by users on their own.
The Entourage Effect is only found in Full Spectrum CBD.
What Is The “Entourage Effect”
The Entourage Effect is the idea that CBD is most powerful when all naturally occurring ingredients interact together. Essentially, it is best described by the old axiom, “The whole is greater than the sum of its parts.” Some claim that these three chemicals work together in order to produce better effects and make longer lasting impacts, working in synergy with each other.
According to the theory, this only happens when THC, terpenes and cannabinoids are present in the cannabis. As such, Broad Spectrum and Isolate will not result in an Entourage Effect.
Studies On The Entourage Effect
Interestingly, there is some scientific evidence which would debunk the idea that the Entourage Effect makes a real difference. A 2019 study found that CB1 and CB2 receptors (which are affected by CBD use) are altered the same way, regardless of whether or not terpenes were presented to the body with other chemicals or on their own. The article went on to note that there was “very little” scientific evidence to show the impact of the Entourage Effect, but added that more study is needed.O