The Entourage Effect and Terpenes
The entourage effect may well be a phrase you have heard since you have started looking into CBD and the hemp industry. You might now be wondering, what exactly is the entourage effect?
In this post, we are going to share exactly what this phrase means. Not only that, you will also learn about terpenes, the type of CBD that contains terpenes as well as which terpenes might work best for which condition.
We will then round off with products that we stock that provide the entourage effect.
What is the entourage effect?
Let’s start off by answering this question in the simplest form before we dive deeper. The entourage effect is when all compounds of CBD from the hemp plant work in synergy to create the maximum benefits.
So, a little more detail into the entourage effect. In the hemp plant, there are various compounds, including terpenes and cannabinoids such as CBD and THC. CBD is a compound that works with the body and terpenes help control how CBD and cannabinoids work. The interactive relationship between terpenes and cannabinoids provide the entourage effect.
There has been evidence to suggest that compounds such as the hemp plant, may be more beneficial and effective when left in their whole, natural state, apposed to isolating certain ingredients/compounds. When using CBD that contains terpenes, you may notice benefits are increased.
So, what are terpenes?
Terpenes can be found in the hemp plant as well as the skin of citrus fruit, essential oils, household products and more. There are around 20,000 different terpenes in the world and the cannabis plant contains more than 100 of these. Each terpene has its own unique benefit, for example, Linalool may act as a sedative which can be ideal for those suffering from stress and anxiety.
Here are 6 well-known cannabis terpenes and their benefits:
Limonene is found in cannabis as well as the skin of citrus fruit. You can probably guess by the name, this terpene has a citrus aroma. It is said to increase mood, relieve stress, anxiety and increase the senses.
This floral-scented terpene may have anti-cancer, anti-oxidant and sedative benefits.
Pinene has a pine aroma and has been researched to discover it may have anti-inflammatory effects.
This terpene is earthy with a citrus hint. You can find it in cannabis as well as lavender. The structure of this terpene has anti-inflammatory and anti-fungal properties.
If you are looking to increase your mood and relieve stress, then this floral-scented terpene is one to look out for.
Humulene has been known to be an appetite suppressant as well as having antibacterial properties.
How do I get terpenes with my CBD for the entourage effect?
There are three different types of CBD that you will find on the shelves. If you are looking to boost your CBD benefits with the entourage effect, then you are looking for full-spectrum CBD or broad-spectrum CBD. If you are not interested in terpenes then you would be looking for CBD isolate.
- Full Spectrum CBD
Full-spectrum CBD is extracted from the whole plant. It contains terpenes and a little and legal amount of THC. This type of CBD is filtered much less aggressively to isolate, meaning that it maintains the terpenes within it.
- Broad-Spectrum CBD
This type of CBD contains terpenes, however, there is 0% THC. This might suit someone who has a very strict drug testing regime that might detect the 0.2% or less THC in full-spectrum CBD.
- CBD isolate
CBD isolate is pure CBD. Just because it doesn’t contain terpenes, it doesn’t mean that it is no good. Having pure CBD can have some great benefits, however, you will not experience the entourage effect. A great CBD isolate eliquid is CBD IBZ.
Which products provide the entourage effect?
Now you know what the entourage effect is and how terpenes may give you additional benefits, you will want to know the products that provide this.
Dutchie Originals is a full spectrum CBD e liquid brand. There are different varieties which offer various authentic cannabis flavours. For example, Purple Haze, which is sweet and earthy with berry notes and spice. As with all Dutchie Originals, Purple Haze contains 5% terpenes, 250mg CBD per 10ml bottle. This is a full spectrum CBD eliquid, so it does contain low levels of THC, however, it is within the legal limit.
Flex CBD Oil
Flex CBD oil is one of the strongest full spectrum CBD oils on the market. This oil contains 3000mg CBD, as well as terpenes and trace amounts of THC. Flex CBD is aimed at gym goers who are looking to reduce pain and inflammation, in turn, boosting recovery. Terpenes within Flex CBD may help to reduce inflammation to help you train harder and more often, reaching your goals sooner.
This is a CBD oil, which means it is ingested under your tongue or on the inside of your cheek where the skin is thin.
Green House Terpenes is another CBD e-liquid which is designed to be vaped. This brand also provides the entourage effect as it contains CBD and terpenes. You will notice that they are all authentic, earthy flavours. Each has its own benefit due to the added terpenes. For example, Gelato is known for its euphoric and relaxing effects and OG Kush is known for its uplifting and euphoric feel.
Our Remedy CBD OilOur Remedy CBD oil is designed by women, for women. The terpene profile in this broad spectrum CBD focuses on reducing pain associated with periods. Not only that, it may also help with hormone balance, PMS, moods and more. Read more about Our Remedy on their website >
Should I bother with the entourage effect?
The entourage effect may provide added benefits to your CBD as the terpenes and cannabinoids work in synergy. If you are looking to really boost your CBD effects, then opt for full or broad spectrum CBD oil, e liquid or edibles.
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