One of the reasons for the popularity of health and wellness products infused with the cannabinoid cannabidiol (CBD) is its entourage effect. This effect is found while using those products that are made using full-spectrum hemp CBD extracts because they contain all the phytochemicals naturally found in the hemp plant. You must also know that this is true for products made using the extracts of the cannabis family of plants. The purpose of this article is to give you a better understanding of the entourage effect, or the synergy of CBD with other phytochemicals.
What Is The Entourage Effect?
The entourage effect happens when the phytochemicals in full-spectrum hemp extract interact synergistically with each other and enhance their individual therapeutic effects. This is experienced more evidently when you ingest or inhale products made using it. The main advantage of this is that you get better results using them, and the effects last longer. This is the reason why full-spectrum CBD products are more popular among cannabidiol customers. Also, it is used for making high-quality CBD products, especially those used for treating chronic conditions like pain.
What Are The Different Phytochemicals Found In Full-Spectrum Hemp Extract?
The two main phytochemicals responsible for the entourage effect in full-spectrum hemp extract are cannabinoids and terpenes.
Cannabinoids: Cannabinoids are the abundantly found phytochemicals in the cannabis family of plants. Cannabidiol (CBD) is the major cannabinoid in the hemp plant, and its concentration varies across different strains. Legally available CBD products in the USA must only have a maximum of 0.3% THC. Above all, cannabinoids produce their therapeutic effects because they are similar in structure and function to the endocannabinoids; the endogenous cannabinoids produced by our body.
Listed below are some of the cannabinoids found in full-spectrum CBD:
- Cannabidiol (CBD)
- Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC)
- Cannabidiolic acid (CBDA)
- Tetrahydrocannabinolic acid (THCA)
- Cannabinol (CBN)
- Cannabigerol (CBG)
- Tetrahydrocannabivarin (THCV)
Terpenes: Terpenes are aromatic compounds produced by the hemp plant. They impart aroma, taste, or both, and have therapeutic effects as well. There are different types of terpenes with a unique aroma, and some of them are listed below:
- Limonene elevates mood
- Pinene helps to increase alertness
- Nerolidol may improve the effects of other phytochemicals in full-spectrum hemp extract
- Eucalyptol has antibacterial property
Terpenes are also found in essential oils like lavender oil, bergamot oil, chamomile oil, tea tree oil, and so on. It has been found that the therapeutic effects of CBD oil are enhanced when it is combined with essential oil(s), and this is due to the entourage effect. But combining the wrong type of essential oil(s) also poses the risk of reducing cannabidiol’s therapeutic effects.
We hope that this article gave you a better understanding of the entourage effect of full-spectrum hemp extract.