What is the Entourage Effect? [Why You Should Care]

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Anytime you read about CBD oil, you can’t avoid stumbling across something known as the “Entourage Effect”.

In this article, we will explain what the Entourage Effect means.

You will learn why the Entourage Effect is something to consider when choosing which CBD oil products to purchase.

The Entourage Effect is the results (the effect) produced from the synergistic interaction of the cannabinoids, flavonoids, terpenes, and fatty acids naturally found in cannabis.

What is The Entourage Effect

It refers to the beneficial effect of all these compounds working together as opposed to just one or two of these compounds working in isolation.

Simply put: the Entourage Effect is the benefit you get from ingesting multiple components of the cannabis plant together instead of ingesting one component at-a-time.

The cannabis genus of plants contains approximately 500 compounds.

This includes about 100 phytocannabinoids (THC and CBD are phytocannabinoids, cannabinoids that occur naturally in plants).

Other significant compounds found in cannabis plants are terpenoids, flavonoids, and fatty acids.

Flavonoids are phytonutrients that are responsible for the vivid non-green colors we see in plants.

The color of those shiny red apples and beautiful blueberries is all due to their unique flavonoid profile.

Commonly known flavonoids include catechins (found in green tea) and quercetin (found in cannabis, fruits, and vegetables).

Flavonoids are known to have antiviral, antioxidant, and anti-inflammatory effects (especially the ones found in cannabis).

Terpenes are the aromatic compounds found in all plants.

These compounds are responsible for the uplifting smell of a fresh tangerine or the unmistakable sharpness of pine needles.

Common terpenes are limonene (found in citrus fruits) and linalool (found in lavender).

Terpenes have therapeutic effects on the human body. The practice of aromatherapy is based on terpenes.

The Best CBD Oil Products are Full-Plant Extracts

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Health practitioners who use cannabis medicines in their practice agree that the Entourage Effect is real.

People seem to respond better to products that contain multiple cannabinoids as opposed to single cannabinoids in isolation.

This finding is in line with how cannabinoids are found in nature as opposed to being produced synthetically in a lab.

This is why you should aim for a “full-plant extract” or “whole-plant extract” or “full-spectrum” when you are shopping for CBD hemp oil products.

This is because full plant extracts contain, in addition to CBD, beneficial terpenes, fatty acids, enzymes, and other phytocannabinoids naturally found in cannabis plants.

A CBD product made with isolated CBD will not contain these other beneficial factors.

It will only contain pure, isolated CBD.

That’s why it’s recommended to seek out full-plant extracts.

So you can get all the other good stuff found naturally in cannabis, in addition to the CBD.

Keep in mind that pure, isolated CBD has its own useful application as well.

Isolated CBD is usually sold as pure CBD isolate.

If you decide you want to see how pure CBD isolate will affect you, then you should definitely seek out an isolated CBD product.

Make sure to go with a reputable brand.

The best advice we can give you is that generally, full-spectrum extracts are the way to go when you are looking for a high-quality CBD hemp oil.

Whole-Plant or Full-spectrum extracts will give you tons of other beneficial cannabinoids, terpenes, and fatty acids naturally found in cannabis.

These components will all act synergistically together and produce the Entourage Effect for you.

But if you think you may respond better to an isolated product, by all means, give CBD isolate a try.

Some people really like CBD isolate while others like to use both full plant extracts and isolates at the same time.

The choice is yours! Give both varieties a try and see which works best for you.

Or if you don’t feel like playing guinea pig, just stick to full plant extracts.

You can’t go wrong with a full-plant extract CBD hemp oil.

  • Destiny says:

    Great article and so simply put. Thanks for sharing

  • Thank you for your kind feedback, Destiny. I am happy you benefited from reading this article 🙂

  • andy says:

    im looking for a good quality cbd capsule with full spectrum cbd what are some good quality brands with full spectrum cbd

  • Hey Andy! Thanks so much for your question. We love full spectrum CBD here at CBD School. Some of our favorite brands in general can be found here. A top choice for full spectrum CBD is Bluebird Botanicals. For broad spectrum CBD, we love cbdMD. Have you tried their products yet?

  • Eileen Gulliford says:

    I’m a new CBD user, the health store recommended Barleans Extra Strength Ideal Hemp Oil. 25 mg CBD per serving; Less than 0.3% THC; Made from U.S. Grown Hemp; Full Spectrum. Am I getting the ‘Entourage Effect’? Can you tell from that description? I decided to try it to alleviate nausea & it has helped! Along with relaxation, sleeping, etc. But the more I read, the more I learn!
    Great website, I’m sure I’ll be reading much more now!

  • Hey Eileen. Thanks for your question. Yes, if it’s a full spectrum product you are using, that would qualify as an entourage effect. The best way to confirm this is to check the lab reports for the product you are using. If you provide a link, I’d be happy to check it out 🙂

  • Robert Young says:

    I appreciate your good schooling on CBD my question to you would be this is CBD better from the cannabis plant or the hemp plant?

  • Hi Robert. Thanks for your question. CBD is the same molecule no matter if it comes form the hemp plant or the marijuana plant. It’s all the same CBD 🙂

  • Helen Allsopp says:

    Hi there,
    Great article thank you!!
    I am wanting to try my son on cbd for his jeuvenille absense epilepsy and was wondering if you thought the entourage would be a good place to start and if so what mg?

  • Hi Helen. We do not recommend using CBD oil for children without the supervision of a certified medical doctor. We recommend you discuss this with your son’s doctor or specialist. Thank you.

  • Marie says:

    Hi! CBD school, I’m new and was wondering if the “Entourage effect” is like a high? Was wanting to use it for Lupus related pain but don’t want to feel high. Thank you for your time.

  • Hi Marie. The Entourage Effect is not a high. It is not psychoactive. The Entourage Effect is simply the combination of all the natural plant components working together in concert. Let us know if you have any more questions and we would be happy to help 🙂

  • Pam Jackson says:

    Hi ! Im enjoying learning so much about CBD !! I’m desperately wanting to try your full spectrum cbd cream for my chronic pain ! I have never tried the cbd before but I’m thinking it could be the answer to my pain . However, I live in Texas and I don’t know if the THC part is legal. I go to a pain MD and have been told if any THC shows up in my drug tests I won’t be able to continue with their practice . I’m sure it’s the laws they are afraid of and not necessarily not wanting to help me . They prescribe me opioids though . I don’t want to take them .. I have severe scoliosis ( 90 degree curve ) and stenosis ( w horrible sciatica pain ) and arthritis in my spine . Arthritis is in my hands and feet , neck and knees . Possibly in my elbows and shoulders too but I don’t have x rays of those areas . My knee cap is bone on bone … anyway can you give me your thoughts if the full spectrum cream would help me . I understand it is the whole plant …. do you know if it is legal in Texas, do u know if my dr would approve it ? Thank you for your thoughts or recommendations!

  • Marilyn Parker-Jeffries says:

    I currently have an Generalized Anxiety Disorder sDysthymia with insomnia. I plan to try Broad Spectrum CBC tincture to help with anxiety symptons and hopefully eliminate the need for Trazadone and its side effects that I take in order to sleep. What would be a recommended good starting dosage. And can I take it more than once daily. Such as a dose during the day for anxiety and an additional dose in the late evening to help with sleep.

  • Hi Marilyn thanks for your question. Yes, many people take one dose in the morning/day and then one again at night. One strategy is to just stick with the serving size on the bottle you are using. Do you already have a particular product in mind?

    We cannot provide specific dosing recommendations on this website, just general guidelines. We encourage you to consult with a doctor or medical professional before using CBD or any new supplements.

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