Updated: May 27, 2020
The human body is an extremely intelligent and complex machine, in that all systems and organs work collectively and if one fails it generally impacts the rest of the body. Therefore we need to ensure all systems are operating in harmony to maintain complete health. Similarly this can be seen in the plant world in the context of compounds working synergistcally together to provide a more harmonised healing outcome.
This is where the entourage effect comes into play, it speaks to multiple compounds in the hemp plant matrix, and has the ability to act together synergistically amplifying each others properties. Herein lies the power of the hemp plant, and why it has such high therapeutic potential for many different ailments because of the diversity of the compounds.
There are a number of different formulations of hemp oil varieties including isolate, distillate, broad spectrum and full spectrum. Often a preference in formulation is in the broad spectrum or full spectrum, because it means the extraction methodology is focused on preserving most of the diverse secondary compounds, allowing the interplay between them. When it comes to THC and CBD, you only need a tiny bit of THC to improve CBD’s ability to interact with the body, specifically in the endocannabinoid receptor system.
This is what whole-plant medicine is, where herbalists excel at matching holistic, plant-based treatments to a variety of ailments using plant medical substances. The entourage effect is kind of like where partnerships are formed, and each persons abilities are combined to achieve the unimaginable.
Terpenes, are large organic compounds produced by a variety plants. They can assist the body to respond to cannabinoids and prime receptors bind to our endocannabinoid receptors. Some broad spectrum and full spectrum products combine other supportive botanical's such as turmeric, ashwagandha and medicinal mushrooms for a greater therapeutic result. All of which have anti-inflammatory properties which may help to reduce inflammation in the body.