The Entourage Effect
No, not the T.V. Show Entourage – The Entourage Effect is referring to how different cannabinoids interact in our systems when they are present together. The term ‘Entourage Effect’ has been in use since at least 1988 when published in a scientific journal, and is now used today to describe the combined effect of cannabinoids and terpenes found in cannabis.
The most commonly known synergetic interaction is between THC and CBD of course, the two work better in conjunction than they do solo. If you find you’ve taken too much THC, some CBD will counter that right away; the best of both worlds!
The Entourage Effect involves cannabinoids, terpenes, hydrocarbons, flavonoids and all the other compounds found in cannabis; complementing each other in the most beneficial way. This makes cannabis consumption all the more interesting as each strain’s individual qualities combined with the entourage effects of it’s inner compounds will be entirely different from any other strain.
The idea behind the Entourage Effect is that when we combine cannabis compounds, we don’t get a total quantity, but moreso a multiplying effect. Individually each cannabinoid and terpene in cannabis isn’t nearly as strong or effective as when they are working together. As each cannabis strain has a different chemical makeup, the effects they can produce will vary greatly as well. The variety of these compounds found in cannabis are what give us the opportunity to choose from so many different strains for any effect we may be looking for.