What gives cannabis its phenomenal character, is the hundreds of other chemicals it contains.
Unlike most medicines, cannabis contains a huge range of chemical compounds. In fact, scientists have actually identified over 60 of the molecules in marijuana which are known as cannabinoids (including the well-known CBD and THC). Many other non-cannabinoid compounds are also produced by the plant that have direct effects too. In other words, cannabis is made up of thousands of different chemicals that work together to produce different effects. Change the recipe and you change the effect!
Although science has not yet proved an exact role for each and every compound, the evidence that these compounds work better together than insolation is most certainly increasing. This is known as The “Entourage Effect.”
The “Enoutrage Effect” happens when hundreds of these natural components in the cannabis plant interact with our bodies to produce stronger influence on us than one part of the plant being used alone. If you have a close look at your cannabis buds what you will notice is that they’re covered in sticky crystal dust. These, are what contain the essential compounds known as cannabinoids and terpenoids (the part which contributes to the smell and taste).
Some other drugs do seem to work well as single compounds, however, Professor Raphael Mechoulam suggests that cannabis offers the most outstanding aids as a WHOLE plant. In other words, ALL of the components of the cannabis plant likely have some beneficial effects, more than any single compound alone (if different strains are separated). It could be that multiple individual compounds play a role, or it could be due to their interaction in the body; it could also be combination of both.
Cannabis has huge potential when it comes to supporting and maintain human health, and not just because of cannabinoids alone. Many people go out of their ways to try and create single compound cannabis medicines but, studies have shown this is LESS effective than using the whole plant extract because what the most powerful part of cannabis is, is the combination of different elements in the plant and the different effects they have on different people.
Here at CBD Life UK all of our vape products use whole plant extracts as we know this is the most efficient way of benefiting the body.
We call the interactive cooperation between cannabis the “Entourage Effect” as it puts emphasis on not only CBD or THC but also other useful cannabinoids and terpenes which are all of equal importance to feel the full and best effects with regards to health. It has been shown that lots of cannabinoids, ketones, esters, lactones, alcohols, fatty acids, steroids and terpenes (which are all included in the cannabis plant) are better for us as a whole…not separated.
In other terms, all the molecules that comprise the plant, act together for a specific function in the support and maintenance of the human body. It’s about modifying the way in which they combine, or if you like, changing “the recipe”, which will mean that the effects on the consumer are different.
It was Israeli Professor Mechoulam who first observed the cooperative effects of cannabinoids like CBD and THC working together as well as the terpenoids. He suggested that the terpenes although they are responsible primarily for the taste- can increase the benefits of THC and reduce the anxiety that the ‘high’ causes. This is just one example of how effective The “Entourage Effect” is-when essential compounds work together.
Although you will be familiar now with THC and CBD, terpenes may be something new to you. Terpenes are basically natural aromatic oils which produce different feelings on the body. Even by just smelling cannabis you may find your mood to be lifted. Like cannabinoids, they interact with cannabinoid receptors within the body to produce different beneficial effects on the body.
“Terps” can be found in a number of plants too, not just cannabis, as well as other fruits and flowers too. They can be known to block some receptors in the brain yet encouraging connections between others- so yet again, we see The “Entourage Effect” happening.
So, in conclusion, what is The “Entourage Effect”? It’s the sum of all the parts that leads to the magic or power of cannabis!