Entourage Effect Explained – Do You Need THC?
The entourage effect has been a topic of discussion for quite some time among natural wellness enthusiasts.
There are a lot that people don’t know about CBD, ECS, and the entourage effect, especially if they’re new to CBD.
So what is the entourage effect? What are its benefits? How does it work?
Let’s find out…
What Is ‘The Entourage Effect For Dummies’?
The Entourage Effect is the hypothesis that the whole of hemp is greater than the sum of its parts.
In other words, consuming Full Spectrum CBD works best because it contains other beneficial compounds found which include:
- Cannabinoids – Over 113 cannabinoids have been identified until now, each with its unique benefits. Some of the known cannabinoids are CBG, CBN, CBC and trace amounts of THC (0.3%).
- Terpenes provide hemp with its distinct earthy aroma and taste. Limonene, pinene, linalol, caryophyllene and many more.
- Flavonoids – These are responsible for the color and appearance of the hemp plant, even though the name suggests flavoring).
All of these compounds together enhance one another’s beneficial properties and make them more potent than they would be alone.
The Entourage Effect is thought to:
- Improve your body’s ability to absorb the different compounds, including CBD.
- Interact better with the Endocannabinoid System (ECS), and works on different parts on a deeper level than CBD alone.
- Enhances pleasure and motivation from CBG.
- Cannabinoids and Terpenes work together to increase each other’s benefits.
CBD isolate and full-spectrum CBD are two of the most widely known types of CBD Products with significant differences.
What does the entourage effect feel like?
You won’t feel the entourage effect like a high, but you’ll feel it rejuvenating you deep inside. It’s a part of hemp’s healing properties.
For potent and pure CBD products, people tend to feel the effects quicker and also feel more calm with full spectrum products than other alternatives.
To describe it simply, full spectrum CBD feels like CBD, but on steroids.
CBD Isolate vs Full-Spectrum CBD
CBD isolate is often called the purest form of CBD because it goes through a filtration process to remove any other compounds found in cannabis plants, like terpenes or other cannabinoids.
Full Spectrum CBD in contrast, is full of all the naturally occurring wellness compounds plus trace amounts of THC (not enough to make you ‘high’).
Understanding the Endocannabinoid System
In the 1960s, a team of Israeli researchers came across a complex network of cells which plays an important role in regulating various bodily processes.
They named this web of cells the “Endocannabinoid System (ECS)”, and later discovered that ECS is present throughout our body from our gut to the deepest parts of our brain.
According to scientists, the ECS plays an important role in managing a lot of bodily functions, from how the pain we feel, our sleep, and even our endocrine system which manages our hormones that makes them relaxed, promotes calmness and helps them sleep better.
The ECS has three key components:
- Endocannabinoids – Our bodies produce cannabinoids by themselves, which are called endocannabinoids. They act as go-betweens and send signals to our ECS.
- Endocannabinoid Receptors – They are the proteins located on the surface of our cells throughout our bodies. They act as targets or receivers for the signals of endocannabinoids and phytocannabinoids (the ones you get from cannabis and hemp).
- Enzymes – Enzymes make and break the endocannabinoids in our bodies. Apart from synthesizing cannabinoids, they also regulate how long they last and affect our bodies.
The human body produces endocannabinoids and helps to regulate the various processes that the ECS is involved in.
Does Full-Spectrum CBD Make You High?
No, full spectrum CBD does not make you ‘high’. In rare cases, some people could get the ‘sloth effect’ of CBD, which makes them too chilled out and relaxed for the day.
That makes CBD Isolate or THC Free CBD the perfect morning choice for the small pool of people who might experience more relaxation and calmness than they prefer.
Our exclusive CBD and CBG oil blend in isolate form is great for a morning pick-me-up.
Why CBD and CBG?
CBG makes sure you don’t get an overwhelming calmness, and instead, get a natural balance of focus and alertness all day.
How CBD Products Balance Your Endocannabinoid System
CBD products, both isolate and full-spectrum CBD products, interact with the endocannabinoid system in various ways.
The cannabinoids in CBD products send signals to your cannabinoid receptors, namely C1 and C2 receptors.
The receptors then receive the signals and may help you feel good, get relief, and sleep better.
Early signs point to them having a part in controlling major bodily functions like memory, brain protection, hormones, and even fertility.
However, the research is ongoing so we can’t claim anything conclusively.
The Entourage Effect and Its Benefits
The Entourage Effect is the theory that the synergistic interaction between various compounds found in cannabis, including cannabinoids, terpenes and flavonoids, are more potent and effective in providing deeper rejuvenation.
When these compounds work together, they can produce enhanced benefits compared to when they are used separately.
For instance, CBD and limonene are being studied for their mood-lifting properties, and also enhance each other’s bioavailability.
CBD and CBN together can enhance each other’s absorption and boost their interaction with CB1 receptors, which are found inside our brain.
Entourage Effect and Discomfort Relief
Inflammation is a natural response of the body to injury or infection. Cannovians have reported better sleep and deeper, lasting relief from specific discomforts, aches after using our full spectrum CBD products.
What is the entourage effect for anxiety?
Entourage Effect may help with anxiety due to its synergistic effects and balancing the endocannabinoid system can also help balance our endocrine systems.
Anxiety is linked to Serotonin and Dopamine.
CBD may help in easing the symptoms of anxiety and make you calmer, relaxed by modulating the ECS and the hormones.
Full Spectrum CBD for Skincare
We at Cannovia, love full spectrum CBD for its skin loving properties, and so do our customers. Many people swear by the ingredients and there are many anecdotal reports of moisturized, smoother skin and relief from minor irritations.
Since CBD works to bring our bodies to homeostasis, CBD skin care products such as CBD lotion are perfectly compatible with excessively dry, oily, or sensitive skin.
Prior research suggests possible anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties of CBD.
When combined with other compounds found in full-spectrum CBD products, such as terpenes, it might enhance the benefits of CBD for skin.
How to Buy High Quality Full-Spectrum CBD Products
CBD products can vary greatly in quality, making it important to do your research and choose a reputable brand. When looking for high-quality CBD products, some things to look out for include:
- Third-party lab testing that verifies the potency and purity of the product.
- US grown hemp that has been grown without the use of pesticides or herbicides.
- CO2 extraction, which is the safest and most efficient method of extracting CBD from hemp.
- Reviews from customers to find out how good they are.
When shouldn’t you take CBD?
You can take CBD anytime you want to. Although rarely, full spectrum CBD products might make a person more relaxed and calmer than they want to be in the day.
If that’s the case, try taking full spectrum CBD in the evening or at night.
If you want to enjoy the benefits of CBD in daytime, a THC Free CBD oil for focus and alertness might be the best choice.
Why does CBD make me sleepy?
This is a relatively rare phenomenon sometimes referred to as the “sloth effect”, which means that CBD relaxes and calms you far more than you want to be during the day.
You can try switching your CBD dosage to night time or get a product such as CBD isolate which is made to be taken during the day.
Our CBG and CBD oil combo is specially formulated to prevent any over-relaxation, even in exceptional scenarios, making it the perfect choice for someone who wants to take their CBD on the go or have it with their morning brew.
Can I take CBD and drink alcohol?
Yes, CBD and alcohol can be taken together but it’s important to be mindful and moderate as some people might feel pronounced intoxicating effects. CBD and alcohol may also have some benefits for reducing hangover symptoms, such as nausea, headache, and inflammation.
Can you physically feel the effects of CBD?
Yes, if the product is potent and pure, you should be able to feel its effects physically. Most people start feeling these effects in 30-60 minutes, for some, it might take a couple of days.
Can you get a euphoric feeling from CBD?
CBD can give you the euphoria of relaxation, calmness, and harmony, but it cannot make you high. The FDA approved THC levels of 0.3% are far lower than the dosage required for intoxication.
How does CBD make you feel the next day?
Instead of making you tired, groggy, sleepy or lethargic, high-quality CBD products make you feel well rested and rejuvenated, ready to take on whatever the day throws at you!
Is smoking terpenes bad?
Smoking isn’t good in any manner, the smoke you inhale will damage your lungs in some capacity, even more so in the long term.
We don’t recommend smoking as sublingual administration of CBD provides the same benefits without the risk of burning the bronchi in your lungs.
Which terpene gets you the most high?
Terpenes are unlikely to make you high. THC, one of the primary cannabinoids found in hemp is what makes you feel ‘stoned’.
Is full spectrum CBD better for anxiety?
Full Spectrum CBD might be able to provide you with deeper and lasting relaxation and calmness, and due to the entourage effect it’s the go-to choice for many people for managing their anxiety.