The Entourage Effect – Cannabinoids, Terpenes & Flavonoids

All cannabinoids, compounds and terpenes found in the cannabis plant have individual effects, but there is an idea when they work holistically together, they produce something called the Entourage effect.

01 November 2022

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What is The Entourage Effect?

If you’re familiar with CBD, you will know by now there are hundreds of different compounds found in cannabis that can all carry out different things in the body. The entourage effect is a hypothesis exploring the idea that consuming a combination of plant compounds from the original cannabis plant produces a more effective result than just consuming each cannabinoid individually.

The grouping of cannabinoids, terpenes and flavonoids produce an optimal effect, interacting with our endocannabinoid system within the body. CBD and THC are the most well-known compounds that the entourage effect is based on and provide the strongest form of “proof” that this is true, although the entourage effect remains a theory.

Let’s break it down…

We know that CBD by itself has various effects, and THC by itself can affect your cognitive function. But CBD and THC are just two of hundreds of cannabinoids that are found in cannabis plants, all carrying out different functions.

The entourage effect argues that combining these cannabinoids with terpenes and other compounds from the cannabis plant has a result that is more effective than isolated CBD alone.

Can CBD isolate produce the Entourage Effect?

CBD products that contain CBD isolate will not produce any kind of entourage effect. This is because CBD isolate is 99% pure CBD, with no other cannabinoids included.

Full-spectrum CBD and broad-spectrum CBD are far more likely to produce an entourage effect when consumed. Full-spectrum CBD can be found in the UK, but due to legal restrictions surrounding it’s THC content, it’s likely that most full-spectrum products are in smaller containers.

Broad-spectrum CBD is usually the most desirable version of CBD to achieve the desired entourage effect in the body, as you have the wide variety of cannabinoids and terpenes, without the risk of having the cognitive effects from THC.

Everyone is different, and CBD dosage and bioactivity play a huge part in the type of CBD you should be taking.

Is the Entourage Effect real?

There is still research being carried out to determine the ins and outs of the entourage effect, with the idea that combined cannabinoids work more effectively (the entourage effect was only first discovered in 1999, making it still a very new thing being explored).

We hope this makes understanding the different spectrums of CBD a lot easier. We always advise to carry out research that’s specific for you, and what works with your lifestyle, but make sure the information you take in is from a reliable source, and from a source that has experience in the field of CBD.