Let’s Discuss Cannabinoids and the Entourage Effect!
Sometimes more is just better. And in the case of cannabinoids, this can be true. While we do not advocate the overconsumption of cannabis, we do advocate for consuming a variety of cannabinoids together. As it turns out, they work better as a group, so why don’t we maximize their effect? The entourage effect is one of our favorite subjects; get the scoop on cannabis and the entourage effect below.
The World of Cannabis
Did you know over 500 chemical compounds exist in the cannabis plant? These substances fall under cannabinoids, terpenes, flavonoids, alkaloids, etc. Cannabinoids are the most crucial substance group in cannabis and are responsible for its various effects. The two most abundant cannabinoids are cannabidiol (CBD) and delta 9 tetrahydrocannabinol (THC or D9). Some minor compounds include cannabigerol (CBG), delta 8 THC, cannabinol (CBN), etc.
CBD is non-intoxicating and is widely used by consumers for numerous health goals. THC is a substance that is known for producing intoxication. However, its intensity can vary from consumer to consumer. Hemp-derived compounds are very similar to those found in cannabis. The most significant difference is that the potency of the THC is much lower in hemp; but may cause psychoactive effects. In the US, legal hemp can contain a maximum of 0.3% THC. Find out about the therapeutic benefits of D9 on our blog. (add link?)
There are a few types of hemp products currently in the US. The most common format is called full spectrum. These include all the available compounds in hemp, like THC and CBD, terpenes, and flavonoids. Alternatively, some formulations undergo THC removal and are referred to as broad spectrum. There are also isolate products on the market; these have only one compound, usually CBD. Various products are available, from dried flower to infused edibles. Choosing the format that suits your needs depends on several factors like health goals, lifestyle, etc.
Why would someone want to use hemp-derived cannabinoids?
Generally speaking, adult consumers would be interested in consuming cannabinoids for recreational or medical purposes. Cannabis can be very appealing to health-minded individuals because it’s a naturally occurring substance.
Are hemp-derived cannabinoids safe?
There can be some minor health risks when using cannabis; however, it is well tolerated by most consumers. The compounds in cannabis can sometimes interfere with medications like beta-blockers and blood thinners. Do consult a doctor if you are taking any medications. Compliant products are considered safe for consumption, as the FDA has some regulations in place. Also, reputable providers will test their formulations to verify potency and purity. Hemp products are sold everywhere but ensure you’re purchasing from a source you can trust, like The Hemp Doctor. Visit our lab results page.
Will consuming full spectrum CBD products get me high?
Full spectrum products do have the potential to produce mild intoxication due to the THC in the formulation. Consumers do report the experience as mild, compared to traditional cannabis. The level of euphoria is subjective depending on the consumer’s past experience, genetics, etc. Full spectrum products could cause consumers to fail a drug test, which is something to consider when choosing products.
The Synergy of Combining Compounds
Before we get started, let’s acknowledge that the concept of the entourage effect has yet to be proven. Professor and organic chemist Raphael Mechoulam first suggested it in 1998. Many industry experts, scientists, and consumers believe the phenomenon is real, but additional research is needed.
The human body has what’s called the endocannabinoid system (ECS). This system includes a network of receptors, each modulating a different function. Cannabis and hemp contain chemical substances that interact with these receptors to various effects. These compounds each have a distinct impact on their own. Anecdotal evidence also suggests that the compounds might produce more robust effects when combined, working better together. This is what’s referred to as the entourage effect, also called whole plant medicine.
Can you combine CBD and Delta 9 THC? The short answer is, YES you can! Unless you prefer broad spectrum or isolate products for lifestyle reasons, why not take advantage of the powerful combination of full-spectrum products? To us, it just makes sense.
- CBD could reduce the unwanted effects of THC. This feature is ideal for consumers who prefer a less euphoric experience and still want to use full spectrum products.
- Some have said eating mangoes before consuming THC might enhance the experience, but there is no evidence yet.
World’s Best! Eliminate the risk by purchasing federally compliant CBD, CBG, CBN, and delta 8 THC products from a company that guarantees quality. Here are 3 fantastic full-spectrum products from The Hemp Doctor:
- Full Spectrum CBD Peach Rings with 20mg of CBD in each piece.
- Delta 9 Lollipops with a total of 60mg of D9 in each.
- CBD Flower Abacus Diesel flower with 20.7% of CBDa.
Why You Should Say Yes to Full Spectrum
There are two good reasons to use full spectrum products. First, it’s the best value for the money. If you invest in a product that might optimize your health and wellness, you’ll want to get the most from what you buy. Second, why deny yourself the additional strength if you supplement a healthy lifestyle? There is no better way to enjoy what the cannabis plant has to offer.
To avoid building a tolerance, consider consuming small amounts of full spectrum products for best results. It’s also advisable to start with a small dose when trying hemp-derived products for the first time.
We make purchasing CBD products simple and economical. Why? Because you deserve high-quality goods at a reasonable price. The Hemp Doctor has a wide variety of federally compliant, lab-tested products to suit each consumer’s preference. Are you ready to experience peak performance? Shop our complete line of hemp-derived products today. Check out our newest products too!
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