What Is the CBD Entourage Effect?Melissa Dugan
Does it seem like one day you woke up and CBD was absolutely everywhere? Not long ago, most people had no idea what those simple three letters were referring to, and all of a sudden, they’ve become a hot topic in the health and wellness industry. Magazines are running special editions on CBD and its many versatile uses, websites and online forums are filled with questions about it, and numerous CBD products can be found in specialty shops, grocery stores, and even gas stations. With all of this hype, it’s no wonder there are many questions surrounding CBD, as consumers wonder what it is, if it’s safe, and what it can do.
CBD: What Is It, and What Can It Do?
CBD is a dynamic compound found in the hemp plant. Short for cannabidiol, CBD is one of over 100 compounds called “cannabinoids” that are extracted and used in health and wellness products across the country. Hemp-derived CBD is special, as consumers have reported numerous benefits upon using it. It can be taken sublingually (under the tongue), ingested via a softgel, inhaled via a vape pen, or applied topically to the skin. Because it is derived from hemp, your CBD product will naturally contain .3% THC (the ingredient known for producing psychoactive effects) or less, so you can use your product freely without the fear of ever feeling “high.” Furthermore, hemp-derived CBD complies with the law (The Farm Bill of 2018), which makes all hemp-derived CBD products completely legal to purchase and consume in the United States.
Many CBD brands offer products labeled “full-spectrum” and/or “broad-spectrum,” and it is important to understand the difference. While both products absolutely comply with the law if the CBD is derived from hemp, a “full-spectrum” CBD product can contain up to .3% THC, while “broad-spectrum” products have all THC removed. Both are deemed safe to use and are completely legal to ingest, apply to your skin, and even travel with.
CBD has been given its gold-star status because consumers from coast to coast can’t stop raving about how much incorporating CBD into their routines has impacted their lives. It is currently used by millions for dozens of reasons, but here are a few common uses for CBD:
- aids in achieving a sound, restful night’s sleep
- supports fatigued and uncomfortable muscles and joints
- encourages emotional and physical relaxation
- enhances everyday skincare routines
As new and innovative CBD products continue hitting the market, consumers are eager to receive maximum benefits every time they use their favorite products. That’s why some CBD enthusiasts avidly seek out the Entourage Effect to enhance their already pleasant experience with CBD.
What Is the Entourage Effect?
As we discussed above, CBD is one of many helpful cannabinoids found in the hemp plant. They each have a slightly different composition, and some products on the market contain a variety of other cannabinoids in addition to CBD. A few commonly used cannabinoids you may recognize from reading the labels of your favorite CBD products are: CBDA, CBG, CBN, CBC and THCA.
Also found within the hemp plant (and an important factor in the full profile of hemp-based products) are terpenes and flavonoids. Terpenes are the microscopic organic compounds found within the hemp plant. It impacts the smells and flavors of the cannabinoids, enhancing their overall robustness and functionality. Flavonoids are plant compounds that have numerous roles, including being responsible for plant color and protection. They also serve as an antioxidant, among many other things. These compounds are all beneficial in their own way and, like any truly good team, they work best when they work together.
In a beautifully synergistic fashion, when one ingests multiple cannabinoids, terpenes, and flavonoids, the microscopic compounds work together harmoniously to create an enhanced experience for the consumer, known as the Entourage Effect. Essentially, the theory is that the body responds more favorably to multiple cannabinoids and compounds as opposed to CBD Isolate, which is a pure concentrate, exclusively containing CBD. While both types of products are used and loved, emerging research supports the idea that combining numerous naturally-occurring cannabinoids from the hemp plant can lead to multiplying benefits.
Can You Experience the Entourage Effect Using CBD Isolate?
No, research supports the conclusion that the Entourage Effect can only be experienced when one consumes multiple cannabinoids, as well as powerful terpenes and flavonoids, simultaneously. CBD Isolate is a form of CBD which is carefully processed to create a pure cannabidiol concentrate, so it is approximately 99% pure CBD. This means all other compounds – including other cannabinoids, terpenes, and flavonoids – have been removed.
Products containing numerous cannabinoids, terpenes, and flavonoids appear to have a more poignant effect on the body. When combined, the synergistic blend works harmoniously, maximizing the benefits one can experience.
Choosing the Right CBD Brand For Maximum Benefits
Because there are so many CBD products available at every turn and you likely want to experience maximum benefits – including the Entourage Effect – it can be difficult to choose one that is of truly good quality that can provide beneficial results at a reasonable price. There are so many things to consider when selecting your CBD brand of choice:
- Is this a reputable company?
- Can I trust that their products are safe?
- Do they use a third-party lab for quality assurance?
- Do they offer pure, potent hemp-derived CBD without pesticides, chemicals, and metals?
For your own safety and welfare, these are some of the most vital questions to ask before making any CBD product purchase. These are all signs that your product of choice will be safe to use, and the brand is one with a positive reputation in the CBD community.
Pharmstrong™: The CBD Brand You Can Trust
When you shop with Pharmstrong™, all of the above questions are answered with a resounding YES.
As one of the most well-known and loved CBD brands on the market today, Pharmstrong™ has earned every accolade by offering the most Pure + Potent, organically-grown, hemp-derived CBD on the market. Their strict attention to detail at every step has made this transparent, trustworthy company the choice of many across the US searching for top-notch CBD products that deliver results quickly and safely.
Pharmstrong™ offers numerous cutting-edge Verified Pure Premium Grade™ CBD products as well as unique, budget-friendly shopping options like CBD Kits, which offer customers two or more professionally matched CBD products at one low price, plus free shipping!
When you’re seeking the Entourage Effect, look no further! Pharmstrong™ offers numerous product options, rich in all of the pure compounds necessary to achieve optimal benefits (without THC, so you don’t have to worry about any psychoactive side effects). They also offer industry-leading customer service, as they truly partner with their customers to ensure they have support through every step of their CBD journey.
Contact Pharmstrong™ Today!
If you have questions about a product, would like to know more about the Entourage Effect, or you’d like personalized product recommendations, you can call, message, or stop into Pharmstrong’s™ store in Breckenridge, Colorado, and a friendly, helpful CBD professional will be pleased to assist you. And if you’re in the neighborhood, you won’t want to miss Pharmstrong’s™ one-of-a-kind sample bar! Don’t worry – if you can’t make it in, you can shop online anytime or call Pharmstrong’s™ 1-800 number to place your order over the phone. At Pharmstrong™, increased wellness is within reach!