In sports, every player has an important role to play no matter how big or small their role may seem. Whether you are a ball boy or the star quarterback, the game is not the same without every piece of the puzzle doing their part — and the same can be said about the cannabinoids and terpenes found in the hemp plant.
While THC and CBD are often the stars of the show, we now know that they function best when other natural terpenes and cannabinoids are present to support them. This phenomenon is often referred to as “The Entourage Effect”. If you find yourself scratching your head, read on for a deeper look at this fascinating effect.
What Is The Entourage Effect?
You may not know it, but Inside each of us is a complex system known as the endocannabinoid system (ECS). This intricate system goes throughout our entire body and is partly responsible for keeping our bodies stable, otherwise known as a state of homeostasis. Research also shows that the ECS affects your:
● Inflammatory System
Terpenes and cannabinoids are able to affect the ECS by binding with certain receptors throughout the body for targeted results. CBD and THC are able to bind with receptors on their own for a limited range of results but the cannabis plant works best as a whole rather than in individual parts.
For example: when CBD is paired with the citrusy terpene limonene, it has the potential to relieve anxiety but when combined with spicy caryophyllene, the two together may be beneficial in the treatment of addiction (as detailed in “Taming THC” by Dr. Ethan Russo).
While it may seem a little complicated at first glance, the Entourage Effect simply means that the Hemp plant is made up of an entire symphony of cannabinoids and terpenes that nature designed to play a beautiful song together. While each molecule may be able to play a tune on its own, it pales in comparison to the full band playing together the way nature intended.
Benefits of The Entourage Effect
Although many people are familiar with CBD, hemp is made up of so much more than one simple molecule — it has dozens of other cannabinoids, like CBN and CBG, and an array of aromatic terpenes that each play an integral part.
CBD, short for cannabidiol, has gained popularity over the years for its promising wellness benefits. While It is true that CBD may have many benefits on its own, other natural terpenes and cannabinoids must be present in order to harness the full potential of the plant.
In fact, a 2011 review of studies in the British Journal of Pharmacology found that taking terpenes and phytocannabinoids together may be beneficial for:
● Fungal Infections
While more research needs to be done for detailed and conclusive results, the initial findings are incredibly promising for the future of hemp.
At Fog & Tree our products are always made to pay tribute to Mother Earth. It is important to us that each product is thoughtfully formulated to take advantage of The Entourage Effect to not only keep things “au naturel” but to also give the most benefits to you, our Fog & Tree family.