The entourage effect generally refers to how the different compounds present in cannabis leaves (like terpene, THC, CBD, etc. combine and synthesise to result in a much more potent form of cannabis with added health benefits and other exceptional effects.
How does the Entourage Effect Arise?
Before we delve further into this article, it is important to figure out the typical compounds in cannabis. THC, or Tetrahydrocannabinol, is the primary of all compounds which result in the trippy sensation. CBD, or cannabidiol, is the second most primary compound derived from the hemp plant. These two are the main ingredients that blend to create the unique sensory effect referred to as the entourage effect.
Cannabinoids and Terpenes
Terpene is another compound typically extracted from the oils of lavender, black pepper, eucalyptus, and even lemons. When the full-spectrum CBD is taken with terpenes and THC, many users have reported feeling a unique sense of high, combined with research articles and studies that show that indeed, when cannabinoids and terpenes are ingested together, it has directly resulted in a reduction of chronic pain in cancer patients, as well as significantly lowered levels of anxiety and stress.
Is it Medically Proven?
A groundbreaking study conducted by Ethan B. Russo has tried to prove that the entourage effect is no longer a substance of myth or exaggerated versions of anecdotal banter passed along in online communities. However, there is yet no such medically proven seal on the efficacy of this study.
The Therapeutic Benefits
When combined with other cannabinoids and terpenes, THC and CBD can produce extraordinary effects in the users, ranging from a pronounced experience of ‘high’ and a massive curbing of levels of chronic stress pain etc. It has also been largely effective in epilepsy, inflammation, cancer treatment, anxiety therapy, and so on. The efficacy of the ensemble effect, as it is also known, is hence undeniable.
In conclusion, while the effects have so far appeared wholly positive, it should be remembered that cannabis compounds come with their share of side effects like nausea, panic attacks, short term memory loss, stomach ache, etc. So, it should be ingested with caution and whether it is legal as per the federal laws of the state where it is being administered.
With more research, the horizon looks clear for the steady acceptance of the entourage effect as one of the greatest discoveries in drug theories in recent times.