The Entourage Effect – Why it matters
The entourage effect is the beneficial effect produced from the synergistic interaction of the cannabinoids, terpenes, flavonoids and fatty acids naturally found in the cannabis plant. The Entourage effect is the result of using the whole plant, where all of the compounds are working together as opposed to just one or two of these compounds working in isolation. A large part of alternative medicine revolves around using the whole plant rather than isolating or producing the active ingredient in a lab. Herbalists specialising in Ayurveda and Traditional Chinese Medicine have used whole-plant medicine to treat a variety of ailments, for thousands of years.
The hemp plant contains hundreds of therapeutic compounds known as cannabinoids and terpenoids, 80 of which are currently known as cannabinoids. There is mounting evidence that suggests that the medicinal impact of the whole hemp plant is greater than the sum of its parts. The intrinsic plant intelligence of cannabis as a healing herb is unique. When all of the compounds of the hemp plant interact with the endocannabinoid system in our bodies it magnifies the therapeutic benefits and creates a stronger influence than any one of those parts isolated, it’s a synergistic effect. This phenomenon is called the entourage effect.
The Best Oils are Full Plant Extracts
We live in a world of pills and quick fixes and a pill-popping culture has become the normal routine for many people. However, a lot of us are turning to a more holistic approach to heal our bodies. Hemp oil is one approach that many people are now using as a food supplement to complement their diets.
Whole plant oils contain beneficial terpenes, fatty acids, enzymes, and other phytocannabinoids that are found naturally found in the hemp plant. Cannabinoids are found in nature and not produced synthetically in a laboratory, that is not to say that synthetic, hemp-based, and isolates aren’t effective options for many people. However, to experience the entourage effect, you should aim for whole-plant hemp oils
Cannabinoids and terpenes working together
Terpenes form the largest group of phytochemicals, with more than 100 molecules identified in the hemp plant (Rothschild et al., 2005; Brenneisen, 2007). Terpenes are responsible for the odour and flavour of the different strains. A neurologist who has studied hemp compounds and their role in the body is Ethan Russo, M.D., He explains how compounds influence each other’s mechanisms. Even small amounts of terpenes can offer complimentary activity.
Health Benefits Associated with Terpenes
Terpenes are lipophilic compounds that easily cross membranes and the blood-brain barrier. The terpene limonene, also commonly found in Citrus essential oils, have been well documented. It notably exhibits potent anti-cancer, anxiolytic and immunostimulating properties in humans. limonene also inhibited the key pathogen in acne, and proves more potent than triclosan. Linalool another terpene suggests an anti-inflammatory effect. Similarly, the terpene Pinene is an acetylcholinesteral inhibitor, and may thereby aid memory abilities, it is the most potent component of a tea-tree eucalyptus has shown to suppress acne and the infections such as MRSA and other antibiotic-resistant bacterial strains as vancomycin and other agents (Kose et al., 2010). Myrcene, a terpene commonly found in hop, is recognized as a potent anti-inflammatory, analgesic, and anxiolytic component
Finally, chlorophyll is another important bioactive compound found in the Hemp plant. There are some health benefits to chlorophyll. These pigmentation cells have shown promise in repairing DNA cell damage. Studies also suggest that chlorophyll exhibits anti-inflammatory capabilities.