Cannabis and hemp plants have been grown, consumed and used by humankind since the history books began, so it is not a new discovery.

However, due to the increased research and development that has been conducted all over the world for the past 30 years or so, scientists have made many breakthroughs in understanding cannabis and hemp plants in more detail.

Scientists have made considerable progress in discovering how many cannabinoids, terpenes and other naturally occurring substances there are present in these plants and how they interact with our bodies and with each other when we consume them.

What is the Entourage effect?

Cannabis plants contain more than 120 different cannabinoids, which, when consumed, interact with your endocannabinoid system to keep your body in homeostasis, or balance, and regulate your organs and bodily functions.

The Entourage effect is described as the synergistic physiological effect that takes place when consuming multiple cannabinoids and terpenes from the cannabis plant together. In other words, when taking the full array of cannabinoids and terpenes present in the cannabis plant, they all work together to have a greater effect and increased effectiveness than if you took individual cannabinoids on their own.

The Science

Israeli doctors Raphael Mechoulam and Shimon Ben-Shabat were the first to suggest in 1998 that the endocannabinoid system (ECS) demonstrated an ‘entourage effect.’ According to the Israeli Doctors’ research, various inactive metabolites and related molecules appeared to boost the activity of primary endogenous cannabinoids in the human body (namely 2-AG and anandamide).

The presence of other cannabinoids – such as CBG and CBDV – as well as terpenes like myrcene and beta-caryophyllene, appear to “amplify” the activity of CBD and its influence on various physiological systems.

How can I benefit from the entourage effect?

Consumers can benefit from the entourage effect in the UK by taking broad spectrum CBD oils which unlike full spectrum, are completely legal in the UK. This CBD oil will give you most of the cannabinoids, terpenes and other naturally occurring compounds present in the cannabis plants, but with non-detectable levels of THC, the controlled substance. This way you still receive the entourage effect from the different cannabinoids present working together but without THC.

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