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What is the Entourage Effect & Should it Influence How I Buy CBD?

Most athletes, singers and actors today have an entourage.

For them an entourage is a group of people that they keep around to basically help them do their job better – whether that is by taking care of day to day tasks that might take their attention away from performing or actually helping them manage their career.

The truth is most of us have an entourage, or a crew or group, that we “roll with.” These friends are there to help us when we need it.

Well, it turns out that CBD, or Cannabidiol, has an entourage as well.

This entourage includes other cannabinoids that are found in the hemp plant and research is starting to show their presence can both widen and strengthen the benefits users receive from ingesting CBD.

CBD’s Entourage & Its Benefits

The truth is hemp contains hundreds of different chemical compounds, including cannabinoids and terpenoids (or terpenes), that all have specific effects on the body.

Currently, the two most popular cannabinoids are, of course, CBD and THC.

CBD is thought to have a number of health benefits when ingested, including:

THC, or delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol, is the psychoactive compound in marijuana that gives users a “high.” In hemp, this compound is kept at levels of 0.3% or lower so that users do not experience that high.

But while these two chemical compounds have been receiving most of the attention lately there are actually many other compounds in the cannabis plant that have been shown to have health benefits.

For instance:

CANNABIGEROL (CBG) – this cannabinoid is thought to stimulate bone formation and healing, slow tumor growth and to have anti-fungal and antimicrobial properties. In a study published by cannabisinternational.org, CBG was shown to slow the progression and growth of tumors and cancer cells. Additional health benefits of CBG that are being studied now include treating overactive bladder, glaucoma, anxiety, depression and psoriasis.

TETRAHYDROCANNABIVARIN (THCV) – this cannabinoid may have anti-convulsive properties, may raise the seizure threshold for those with epilepsy, may stimulate bone growth, may counteract feelings of anxiety, may help treat PTSD, may improve motor control, may reduce tremors and help patients with Alzheimer’s disease and more.

CANNABINOL (CBN) – this cannabinoid may aid in bone tissue growth, may be anti-inflammatory, may relieve pain, may treat burns, may have a sedative effect, may be a sleep aid, may be an appetite depressant and may be an anti-convulsive agent.

Hemp also contains terpenes which give it its unique scent. Benefits of some of these terpenes include:

LIMONENE – offers stress-relieving effects and may help improve mood. May also help with gastric efflux.

PINENE – may help improve memory and boost alertness.

LINALOOL – may have sedative effects and may be good for insomnia, depression and stress.

CARYOPHYLLENE – may be an anti-oxidant and an anti-inflammatory. May also reduce pain.

HUMULENE – may be a pain reliever with antibacterial properties. May also suppress the appetite.

Again, there are many, many more compounds in the hemp plant that could also benefit our health, such as vitamins, minerals, proteins, fatty acids, chlorophyll, fiber and flavonoids

The Power of the Entourage

Besides having their own individual health benefits, scientists are currently looking into the possibility that the cannabinoids in hemp actually work together to enhance the benefits they provide.

In other words, the other cannabinoids found in hemp actually work together to maximize each other’s effects. So they would make the effects produced by CBD even stronger, for instance.

This enhancement effect is at the heart of the “entourage effect.” And this effect is why most experts recommend that those buying a CBD product get one that contains full spectrum CBD.

What is Full Spectrum CBD?

To put it simply, full spectrum means that all of the cannabinoids, flavonoids, and terpenes found in the hemp plant have been extracted and used in that CBD product.

That means you get the individual benefits of all the included compounds as well as the synergistic effect of the compounds working together to maximize the overall benefits produced.

There are basically two types of CBD available today – CBD isolate and full spectrum CBD.

CBD isolate means that only CBD has been extracted and is being presented alone in that product. In other words, the user will not get the benefits of the other cannabinoids or of the entourage effect.

One company that only produces products containing full spectrum CBD is Sarah’s Blessing. Located in London, this well-respected CBD provider offers a full line of CBD oils, teas, candy and cream – with each product containing full spectrum CBD.

Company officials say that not only do they use only full spectrum CBD to preserve whole plant benefits but they also use a unique CO2 extraction process to ensure maximum potency.

The company’s CBD comes from hemp grown in Switzerland. The hemp is 100% natural and organic and NO pesticides or chemicals are used to grow it.

If you decide to try a full spectrum CBD be sure to buy from a reputable source like Sarah’s Blessing.

CBD is still a largely unregulated product and as a result many products may contain poor quality CBD or no CBD at all despite what the claims on the bottle might say.

For example, a 2017 study of 84 CBD oils, tinctures and vape products found that just 31 percent contained the amount of CBD specified on the label.

When searching for CBD product provider, go to that company’s website and look for information about its products including their purity, safety and CBD and THC levels.

To learn more about the full spectrum CBD products provided by Sarah’s Blessing, including 3%, 6% and 9% CBD Oils, please visit https://www.sarahsblessing.co.uk.

 

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