Every star needs an entourage. While Cannabidiol (CBD) often plays the leading role due to its therapeutic benefits, it isn’t the only beneficial part of the hemp plant.
The whole is greater than the sum of its parts
Industrial hemp contains many different elements–terpenes, flavonoids, fatty acids, and, of course, cannabinoids. While individually beneficial, they are especially powerful when working together synergistically. This creates what’s often referred to as the “entourage effect.”
Holistic health has long touted the benefits of “whole plant medicine,” believing that rather than isolate specific ingredients or single parts of a plant, you use the plant in its entirety. By combining compounds in their natural state we get a multiplying effect. The elements work to amplify one another, resulting in a more effective product.
Breaking it all down
Cannabinoids are like the key to unlocking the receptors of the body’s Endocannabinoid System (ECS). These chemical compounds are key players in normal immune and central nervous system functioning and trigger various physiological actions. Currently, there are over 85 cannabinoids identified, with CBD and Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) being the most widely known. Though heavily stigmatized with the United States and other countries, THC does have an abundance of medicinal benefits. It’s been has shown to be a supreme pain reliever, to dramatically reduce symptoms that accompany chemotherapy and radiation, to improve sleep, and more.
Flavonoids are found in plants and are present in many foods we consume daily. These compounds give plants (including cannabis), fruits, and vegetables their color. They also work with Terpenes to produce the odor and flavor of hemp. Approximately 20 flavonoids are found in cannabis. They have been shown to have several health benefits due to their anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties.
Terpenes are another group of natural chemicals and are what give plants and fruits their distinct smell. With over 100 different terpenes found in cannabis, these aromatic oils have been shown to aid the cannabinoids (like CBD) pass through the bloodstream easier. And while they do play supporting roles to the other elements of the plant, terpenes have their own therapeutic effects, including the calming effect they have on the body.
How this affects CBD products
To enjoy the benefits of the entourage effect, you’ll want to look for Full Spectrum and Broad Spectrum CBD products rather than CBD Isolates. These two types undergo fewer processes in the extraction process and all the natural compounds found in the cannabis plant (cannabinoids, flavonoids, oils, and terpenes) are included in the extract. The difference between the two lies in the cannabinoid THC. Full Spectrum includes trace amounts of THC, while Broad Spectrum–like those offered by Proper Hemp–have removed the THC completely.
Proper Hemp’s Broad Spectrum CBD extract is 85% cannabinoids, in which CBD makes up 90% of the cannabinoids present. We preserve the full spectrum of non-intoxicating phytocannabinoids and synergistic compounds. This includes cannabigerol (CBG), cannabinol (CBN), cannabichromene (CBC), and over 40 naturally preserved terpenes.