What is the Entourage Effect and Why You Should Know

What is the Entourage Effect and Why You Should Know

What is the Entourage Effect and Why You Should Know

The effects of each cannabis strain work together with all the compounds in the plant to create an interaction. This interaction is called, the entourage effect. Entourage effect describes the interdependent way in how more than eighty cannabinoids and more than a hundred terpenes work together to perform what cannabis has earned its reputation for- healing.

Terpenes are known to reduce psychoactive effects while enhancing medicinal properties. Other compounds amplify euphoric effects of the cannabis, and some reduce the undesired effects associated with THC. Separate compounds in the marijuana when standing alone are not as reliable or as effective as they are when combined. The teamwork of the compounds working together is the definition for, entourage effect.


History of Entourage Effect

An Israeli researcher, Raphael Mechoulam, first identified the entourage effect in 1999 when he isolated cannabis' active compounds, CBD (cannabidiol) and THC (tetrahydrocannabinol). He believed cannabis compounds work best when together. He proved that a single cannabis compound, when put with other compounds, would affect the endocannabinoid system. He coined this effect the entourage effect.

The cannabis plant contains more than 480 natural components. Of these components, sixty-six are classified as cannabinoids, and there are also proteins, steroids, flavonoids, amino acids, and many more. Medical patients look for different therapeutic outcomes, so the chemical composition and entourage effect make a big difference to them.


A Look at the Cannabis Plant

The cannabis buds are covered in a dusting of crystal resin that holds hundreds of therapeutic compounds called terpenoids and cannabinoids. THC and CBD are just two of the many essential compounds working together to produce specific effects. It takes the two of these compounds working together to create the entourage effect and provide the healing effects all patients are looking for.

Each of the therapeutic agents processed from the TCH and CBD only medicines offers patients relief from many different conditions and symptoms. Neurologist Ethan Russo, M.D. has studied cannabis compounds, and how they affect your body. He discovered how cannabis compounds influence other's mechanisms. He found even small amounts of terpenes can make a difference.


How to do Know Which Strain You Need

Experience is going to be your best indicator. Patient Advisors will help you to locate a strain close to what you are treating or what has worked well with other patients. If you have not used cannabis previously to manage your symptoms, it is suggested you keep a journal to keep track of the strain you are using, and how it has affected your symptoms. Understanding the entourage effect will help you understand how cannabis can relieve your pain. Once you've found the perfect match of a strain to your relief, you'll be set to continue with the working compound.

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