We will start with this question: Can you enjoy the entourage effect without psychoactive effects?
For those of you who have never heard of the entourage effect, this guide will give you an in-depth understanding of everything we know about this effect. Cannabis sativa has potential medicinal and therapeutic properties that create an “entourage effect” and provide pain relief. It also has a direct relation with the unique chemicals that make the flavors and aroma of the plant.
Let’s dive into the details, But stick with us as we explain everything from scratch, for only then will you understand everything you want. Things might get a little scientific, but we promise to keep it as simple as possible.
What Are Terpenes?
The cannabis plant has a distinct aroma and, when consumed, a unique flavor. Reason: terpenes. However you intake cannabis, whether you smoke or vape it, terpenes deliver the unique experience of your favorite strain: woody, citrusy, tropical, spicy, coffee, diesel, or herbal. Many strains get their names from the scent and taste.
But their role does not end here. Terpenes also assist the plant’s chemical compounds in creating the sensory sensations you experience. The synergy between terpenes, cannabinoids, metabolites, and phytochemicals is the essence of the entourage effect.
The cannabis plant has hundreds of molecules that interact with the body and mind. You may be acquainted with CBD and THC, phytocannabinoid molecules unique to this plant that deliver you the effects you desire when consuming infused products. However, terpenes and flavonoids are other molecules that bind to the cells and receptors in the body, producing the experiences you enjoy.
Is the Entourage Effect Real?
Cannabis does not have enough studies to back up many claims many manufacturers make. However, some definitive studies on this effect show it to be as real as the high you experience after smoking cannabis.
We do not have any objective assurance to give you, but the scientific way to understand how it feels is to go by the words of cannabis consumers, and according to them, it is real. The more complex and stickier the flower, the more enjoyable it is.
What Does the Entourage Effect Feel Like?
There is no specific “feel” of the entourage effect. According to research, consuming a full-spectrum cannabis-derived CBD product is more likely to produce therapeutic effects than a CBD isolate product. However, those who can report anything can tell you that it intensifies their love for the sensations they love after having cannabis.
So, those who use cannabis to soothe anxiety and pain can experience longer-lasting relief from the entourage effect.
Combined terpenes and cannabinoids surpass isolated elements. They may enhance the blood-brain barrier penetration and influence how tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) attaches to CBD1 receptors in the endocannabinoid system (ECS).
Scientists have been researching the potential benefits of terpenes derived from cannabinoids. One study published in 2013 by BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine checked limonene, a terpene producing a citrus flavor. Limonene was shown to have an anti-anxiety and anti-depressant properties in rodents.
Another factor to contributes to the entourage effect likely is the fact that terpenes and cannabinoids have different targets in the ECS, and both their activities combined at individual targets lead to better results. Trouble understanding? Just imagine different compounds targeting inflammation at different locations, easing the outcome.
Additionally, different molecules consumed together, such as CBD and THC, cause the entourage effect, resulting in reduced anxiety and paranoia. The presence of some terpenes in a cultivar catalyzes and enhances the reduced anxiety or the cerebral high you get.
How to Get the Entourage Effect?
Getting the entourage effect involves boosting the synergistic action among different cannabis compounds. To achieve the entourage effect, try these:
- Opt for full spectrum CBD products. They contain a massive range of terpenes, cannabinoids, and other beneficial molecules, increasing the chances of getting the entourage effect.
- Explore different legal strains. Different strains have different terpene and cannabinoid profiles. Full-spectrum and broad-spectrum profiles indicate that the product contains a comprehensive range of cannabis compounds.
- Terpene profiles play a vital role in experiencing the entourage effect. Vaping or smoking enables the constant and quick absorption of a broad spectrum of compounds. For a slower release, choose tinctures and edibles. Experiment with different consumption methods to find the one that works best for you.
- Have you ever considered microdosing? If not, you should. It helps maintain a steady level of cannabinoids in your body and you can do it by having small amounts regularly.
The entourage effect is complex, and individual responses usually vary. So, start with lower doses, check your body’s reactions to that dosage, and adjust as necessary to settle with the right balance.