As research and development of the ever-popular wellness ingredient, CBD, continues to expand, experts have coined the term ‘entourage effect’ to describe the health advantages it has to offer its users. In this blog, we’ll explain what this scientific phenomenon is, and how you can try it out for yourself.
What is the ‘entourage effect’?
The entourage effect is how the different extracts from the cannabis plant (cannabinoids, terpenes, and essential oils) work together to amplify the benefits of each component to create a luxurious, therapeutic experience free from any unwanted psychoactive side effects. The synergistic interaction between these elements makes CBD an effective, natural solution for managing a myriad of ailments.
The elements of the entourage effect
Three main components make up the famous entourage effect: cannabinoids, terpenes, and flavonoids.
Cannabidiol (CBD) and tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) are the two most prevalent compounds of the cannabis plant. Both promote stress reduction, mental clarity, calmness, and regulate several physiological bodily processes (sleep, hormone production, appetite, mood, concentration, etc.). Other cannabinoids commonly extracted from the cannabis plant are cannabinol (CBN), cannabigerol (CBG), and cannabichromene (CBC). However, THC is the only cannabinoid that produces intoxicating effects, which is why it’s classified as a psychoactive drug.
As of January 2023, the legality of CBD remains in flux. Currently, CBD products are required to meet strict FDA safety standards to be categorized under dietary supplements and food additives. Nonetheless, all types of cannabinoids can contribute to the entourage effect.
Terpenes are the chemical compounds found in the cannabis plant responsible for its signature poignant aroma. Beyond their sensory impact, terpenes contain other mood-enhancing and anti-inflammatory properties that enrich the overall effectiveness of CBD.
Flavonoids, or the phytonutrients found in the cannabis plant, promote cell production and contain antibacterial properties that help fight free radicals and infection. Combined with the elements above, these metabolites give the entourage effect a boost, taking your experience to the next level.
Ready to try the entourage effect for yourself?
Visit Silicon Valley’s Best CBD Store, Cloud City Supply, in downtown Campbell to chat with one of our CBD experts about your individual needs. At Cloud City, we pride ourselves on providing exceptional customer service tailored to each unique user and offering a plethora of CBD products that can be used to treat and manage numerous common health conditions without harmful chemicals or prescription medications.
Not only will we provide deft guidance and educational context for you to understand the benefits CBD has to offer you, but we’ll also recommend only the best, highest quality local CBD products and instruct you on how to best incorporate them into your daily routine to experience the entourage effect in a way that feels comfortable for you.