CBD And The Entourage Effect For Holistic Benefits
As research continues to dive deeper into the health benefits of cannabis, beneficial components of the plant and how they work in harmony takes the spotlight. We’ve all learned that CBD can help with pain, anxiety, inflammation, nausea, etc. without giving the “high” that users experience with THC. However, new research shows that when CBD is combined with CBG, CBN, trace amounts of THC and terpenes, users experience maximum benefits through what is known as the Entourage Effect.
The Entourage Effect
The Entourage Effect suggests that CBD works better in combination with other cannabinoids and terpenes found in the hemp plant (including trace amounts of THC), than when isolated.
The term was first introduced in 1998 by a group of scientists. More recently, the phrase “entourage effect” gained momentum in 2011 due to a published paper that explored the relationship between cannabinoids and terpenes. The paper conveyed how the combination was able to alleviate pain, depression, anxiety, cancer, inflammation, and epilepsy.
How Does The “Entourage Effect” Work?
To break it down, the cannabis plant has a complex chemical makeup. It contains more than 120 different cannabinoids, 200 different terpenes, as well as flavonoids.
The two most researched and used cannabinoids are cannabidiol (CBD) and tetrahydrocannabinol (THC). These cannabinoids interact with the human endocannabinoid system (ECS), which maintains balance within several systems in the body, including sleep, appetite, mood, and memory.
The beneficial effects of cannabis compounds come from their ability to bind with endocannabinoid receptors in the brain and throughout the central nervous system. Different combinations of the compounds of the cannabis plant produce a wide range of benefits.
Ebbu CEO, Jon Cooper, explains “We have found that different combinations result in quantitatively different reactions from the cells. One compound magnifies the effect of another; another compound mitigates the effect of another.”
Researchers continue to explore the possibilities of formulas featuring distinct cannabinoid and terpene ratios, which will target different types of pain, inflammation, anxiety, etc for enhanced therapeutic benefits.
In order to understand the holistic benefits of the entourage effect, it’s important to take a closer look at each piece of the puzzle (or plant).
CBD Isolate vs. Full Spectrum CBD
Currently, there are three different types of CBD products: CBD isolate, broad spectrum CBD, and full spectrum CBD. All three types are beneficial, and play important roles in the CBD industry. However, STB believes full spectrum CBD products elicit maximum benefits.
CBD isolate is a pure form of CBD, meaning all other elements of the plant, including THC, terpenes, and flavonoids are filtered out. Many people, including athletes, use CBD isolate instead of a full spectrum variation because they are afraid they will test positive for THC or experience a “high”. However, a product that contains less than 0.3% THC is unlikely to be detected in a drug test, and will, more than likely, not produce a “high.”
Broad spectrum CBD uses the different elements of the hemp plant, minus the THC.
Full spectrum CBD is a combination of cannabidiol, terpenes, flavonoids and trace amounts of THC. Users not only experience the benefits of CBD, but also the more potent effects of the combination of CBD with the other components of the plant.
Research shows that full spectrum CBD creates the “entourage effect,” which is more effective for pain relief, inflammation, and anxiety. STB products are intentionally created with full spectrum CBD to maximize the benefit to the user.
Whether you choose to use a CBD isolate, or full spectrum, the quality of the product is important. It’s best to know what is in the product so you can understand how it will affect your body.
Terpenes Are Essential
Terpenes are found in many plants including spices, herbs, trees and fruits. They are a naturally occurring component that provides the plant’s unique flavor, aroma, and color. Just like lavender, lemons, pine trees and mangos, terpenes give cannabis strains their distinctive smells and flavors.
Along with the cannabinoids and phytochemicals, the cannabis plant is abundant in terpenes. Both cannabinoids and terpenes interact with the endocannabinoid system (ECS) that is in the body.
Each terpene has a unique name and function. Some of the most beneficial terpenes for pain relief, and the terpenes that STB uses in their tinctures include:
- Linalool for stress relief and a muscle relaxant.
- Limonene has antidepressant and antianxiety properties.
- Eucalyptol displays antioxidant and anti-inflammation effects.
- Beta-caryophyllene is known to help relieve pain and anxiety.
- Myrcene found in mangoes and basil has been known to support anti inflammation and pain relief.
Terpenes synergistically work with the other components of the cannabis plant, including THC and CBD, for maximum benefits of the entourage effect.
Welcome CBG & CBN to the Entourage Effect
Cannabis newcomers, CBG and CBN, are both high end cannabinoids that boast premium benefits, and add even more luster to the entourage effect. STB’s Balance Daytime and REM Nighttime Tinctures contain cannabigerol (CBG) and cannabinol (CBN), respectively, which have both been shown to provide positive physiological benefits that help support homeostasis.
CBG For Daytime Focus And Balance
Cannabigerol (CBG) is a cannabinoid found in the hemp plant that interacts with the endocannabinoid system (ECS) to provide specific health benefits. One study explains, “One of the many reasons people turn to hemp-derived CBD oil is to manage their emotional well-being. It turns out that CBG may be more beneficial to help support a normal stress response over its famous counterpart, CBD.”
Research shows that CBG benefits include:
- Supports focus
- Stimulates appetite
- Manage stress
- Supports eye health
- Boosts immune system
- Aids the metabolic system
One of STB’s quality products, Balance Daytime Tincture contains full-spectrum CBD with a proprietary blend of CBG, CBD, terpenes and trace amounts of THC. This tincture can reduce pain, help with focus, and provide relief from stress and anxiety.
CBN For Nighttime Ease
Another premium cannabinoid taking the stage is cannabinol (CBN). Although CBN is a minor cannabinoid, found in lesser amounts in the cannabis plant, it plays a big role in the entourage effect.
Since CBN shares a similar chemical composition to THC, it can be potentially effective for pain relief and inflammation, bone health, controlling convulsant behavior, lowering blood pressure, and treating skin conditions.
CBN has also been found to have the highest sedative properties, meaning CBN may also be most effective for inducing sleep, especially when combined with other cannabinoids, such as THC and CBD.
Just like CBG, research continues to grow around the benefits of CBN, including its capacity to:
- Reduce anxiety
- Soothe insomnia
- Treat skin conditions
- Address pain
- Lower blood pressure
STB has formulated REM Nighttime tincture with a special blend of CBD, CBN, terpenes and less than 0.3% THC. This full spectrum CBD product will help ease anxiety, deliver restful sleep and help you wake up refreshed.
CBD And The Entourage Effect
It can be difficult and overwhelming to understand CBD, and the entourage effect as there are many moving pieces. The best way to understand how your CBD will affect you is to learn about all the different cannabinoids and the maximum benefits of the entourage effect.
STB strives to produce the highest quality products, using premium ingredients and innovative CBD research to create formulations that will provide the enhanced therapeutic benefits of the entourage effect.