Cannabis is a complex plant composed of 500+ chemical entities including fatty acids, proteins, terpenes and 60+ different cannabinoids. When these compounds are combined, a synergy occurs that enhances the therapeutic effects. This is known as “the entourage effect.” This term was first introduced by scientists, including “the father of cannabis research”, Raphael Mechoulam, in 1988. Since then, several studies have been and continue to be conducted to further examine the effects that cannabinoids and other compounds have on each other when combined.
Within the cannabis plant there are also 100+ unique aromatic compounds called terpenes which give the cannabis plant its unique flavors and smell. In nature, terpenes protect a plant from predators and insects and in some cases, help a plant repair itself from damage. However, researchers are finding that terpenes may also offer some benefits to people. Similar to cannabinoids, terpenes may have different effects based on their profile and the compounds they are mixed with. Some terpenes may provide relaxing effects while others are uplifting and energizing.
When shopping for CBD products, many consumers prefer full spectrum products; in other words, products that contain their full profile of compounds as well as cannabinoids that maximize the benefits of the entourage effect. Full spectrum products include trace amounts of Δ9-THC which, according to the law, must be .3% or less. Products may also combine cannabinoids to produce effects more specific to individual needs. For example, the new full spectrum Todd Adams Effect Oils (Cannabinoids + Terpenes) combine CBD with other cannabinoids like CBC, CBN and CBG, and unique proprietary terpene blends to maximize the product's therapeutic effects.
What do These Cannabinoids Do?
Cannabichromene (CBC) is non-psychoactive and known for its anti-acne and anti-inflammatory properties. CBC may also encourage healthy brain function, stimulate appetite and defend against certain neurological diseases. Research indicates that CBC’s benefits may be accentuated when paired with CBD.
Cannabinol (CBN) is non-psychoactive and known for its strong calming effects. CBN may help improve appetite, promote bone health and relieve symptoms of pain and inflammation. Research also indicates CBN has strong antibacterial properties.
Cannabigerol (CBG) is a non-psychoactive minor cannabinoid that helps regulate bodily functions, maintain homeostasis and provide antibacterial properties. CBG works to fight inflammation, pain and nausea while promoting relaxation.
If you’re interested in learning more about the entourage effect, cannabinoids or cannabinoid blend products, visit your local CBD Kratom or schedule a 15-minute consultation with one of our experts.