The word ‘entourage’ refers to a group of people surrounding an important person. And with cannabinoids, the term is no different. The entourage effect is when you achieve the fullest potential of cannabis. When cannabinoids and other terpenes combine, the medicinal effect and influence is much stronger than if you were to take just CBD by itself.
How Does the CBD Entourage Effect Work?
Leveraging various components of the cannabis plant family creates a synergistic effect that has a stronger influence or impact on the body than if you were to use just part of the plant. Each of the compounds potentiates the other, making the effect much more medicinally beneficial. So basically, when you leverage multiple components of a cannabis plant instead of isolating certain compounds, you have a better end result.
Cannabinoids can come in many forms, but the most commonly known are CBD and TCH, but there are many others like Cannabigerols (CBG), Cannabinol (CBN), Cannabielsoin (CBE), etc. When used together, they make each other better like a multiplying effect. There are also other compounds like terpenoids and flavinoids. Terpenes are the aromatic component of any plant – they are the oils that come from plants. And flavinoids are the compounds that give plants the color they exhibit, like bright yellow banana or a red rose. When taken together, they can have therapeutic effects on the human body as well as being having anti-inflammatory, anti-viral, and antioxidant effects. And these effects are much stronger than when taken alone.
That’s why you should always look for CBD products that are full plant extracts.
Full Spectrum CBD Oil
Full spectrum CBD oil (also known as full plant extract) is much more than an isolated CBD compound (CBD isolate). These products have targeted terpenes, enzymes, fatty acids, and other compounds found naturally in cannabis plants.
There are still many great use cases for using isolated, or pure, CBD compounds. But generally speaking, when the whole plant is used, the effects are stronger. Try both and see what works best for you, as everyone is different and has a different reason for ingesting the many forms of cannabis plants.
Broad Spectrum CBD Oil
Broad spectrum CBD oil is the middle ground between CBD isolate and full spectrum CBD. The only major difference is that it has been refined to have THC removed. As a reminder, THC is the psychoactive cannabinoid in cannabis plants. Broad spectrum cbd oil has all the great benefits of full spectrum CBD oil, but won’t leave you with a ‘high’ sensation.
Where Can I Buy CBD products?
You can buy full spectrum, broad spectrum, and isolated CBD products at dispensaries and you can even get isolates over the counter at some drug stores in certain states. Dispensaries will be your best bet for the broad and full spectrum CBD products. However, when shopping for a full plant extract product, it is important to go with a brand that offers as much information about the product as possible. Check to see if they have a QR code on the product where you can scan it with your smartphone and read more detailed information about the product before buying it. It’s also important to check out the brand’s website to gather other information about the company.
Ilumi was founded by a nurse practitioner who was determined to help heal her community with the power of the cannabis plant. There are brands that want to grow and scale their revenues, and then there are brands like Ilumi who have studied these compounds in a real medical setting for over 10 years and genuinely care about healing people. Illuminate your life today with the power of CBD.