Entourage Effect: The Power Behind the Benefits of CBD Products

You are as good as the company you keep. Thanks to the entourage effect, that’s a good thing for those who use CBD products. The entourage effect is the idea all compounds found in cannabis are best when taken together than when taken separately. This can be likened to eating an orange when you want vitamin C benefits compared to eating a vitamin C tablet.

While the entourage effect plays a crucial role in the benefits of CBD, not all products will trigger this phenomenon. Knowing if your formula is entourage effect-enriched is critical for those using hemp extract for optimal wellness. Let Made by Hemp guide you through the ins and outs of the entourage effect.

How Do I Know if My CBD Product Has the Entourage Effect?

It’s so easy to get caught up in the excitement surrounding the ever-growing presence of CBD products in health and wellness shops. Like any new product you purchase, it’s important to check out the label. There are many telling pieces of information on them, including if the product has the entourage effect.

Now, most CBD products won’t openly say, “Entourage effect included.” Instead, you are going to look for other words that classify what type of CBD product you are purchasing. While they all come with their own sets of benefits, these each have a different level of potency. Here are some terms to look out for when shopping for the highest-quality CBD products.  

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Full Spectrum CBD Oil

Full spectrum is the terminology to look for when seeking a product which has the entourage effect. CBD products that are truly full spectrum are extracted while maintaining the integrity of as many cannabinoids as possible, including tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), therefore, CBD oil derived from hemp will have trace levels of THC up to .3% by law.

Its low concentration of this molecule makes the product non-intoxicating. However, with THC in the equation, all of the cannabinoids are present. All cannabinoids being accounted for is the basis of the entourage effect and what makes full spectrum CBD oil one of the highest-quality hemp products on the market.

So, if you are buying CBD oil, and it’s labeled as full spectrum as well as zero THC… it’s not full spectrum.

Broad Spectrum CBD Oil

Broad spectrum CBD oil also carries the entourage effect, for the most part. However, the formula is likely not as potent as full spectrum hemp extract. The reason for this is that broad spectrum CBD oil contains little to no THC.

After the extraction process, some companies will remove THC from the final product. However, the remaining cannabinoids remain in the formula, therefore, broad spectrum can sometimes also technically be full spectrum, depending on the formula. Since THC levels are so low in hemp to begin with, the differences are minimal. However, broad-spectrum CBD oil may not be as bioavailable or beneficial as full spectrum.

CBD Isolate

When you first see the words, “CBD isolate,” you might interpret that the product is a potent dose of this cannabinoid. While there are benefits to using CBD isolate, you are legitimately purchasing CBD that’s isolated from other hemp compounds. That means there are no additional cannabinoids in the formula. Therefore, if you are buying CBD isolate, you most likely won’t experience the benefits of the entourage effect.

The benefit to CBD isolate, however, is that it is completely THC Free, and thus anyone needing to avoid any amount of THC can feel safe taking this product as it won’t cause a failed THC drug test.   

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CBD, THC, and the Entourage Effect

If you brush your hand over a hemp flower, you’ll notice microscopic hairs float into the atmosphere. These are known as trichomes. Like human hair follicles, trichomes have glands. Within these glands lie chemical compounds that make cannabis one of the most unique plants on this earth–cannabinoids.

Research indicates there are 113 known phytocannabinoids on record. Each cannabinoid has its own molecular structure that allows it to interact with our bodies’ endocannabinoid system in its own unique way.

The two most commonly known cannabinoids are THC and cannabidiol (CBD). THC is the cannabinoid primarily found in marijuana. It’s the reason the plant has intoxicating properties. However, there are low doses of THC also found in hemp.

Under federal law, all hemp extracts need to be formulated using hemp plants with a THC concentration of 0.3% or less. Otherwise, the product is technically considered marijuana. Instead of higher levels of THC, hemp plants are abundant in CBD.

CBD is responsible for opening the eyes of the mainstream media because this cannabinoid exhibits a litany of beneficial side effects, with none of them causing a mind-altering experience. With that being said, CBD doesn’t do all this beneficial work for your endocannabinoid system on its own. It gets by with a little help from its friends.

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The Entourage Effect and Cannabinoids

While there are benefits to THC and CBD, you won’t experience maximum results without the other 111 phytocannabinoids discovered by humankind. Research on the entourage effect primarily looks at how THC and CBD interact with other chemical compounds found in hemp. However, there has been research and studies conducted on several phytocannabinoids and their potential benefits as well.

While in their beginning stages, the studies are promising. These early analyses also lend credence to the fact the entourage effect exists, and that this phenomenon plays a vital role in experiencing maximum benefits from hemp extract.

Cannabichromene (CBC)

Like CBD, CBC doesn’t seem to elicit an intoxicating experience. This cannabinoid also shows to be antagonists of our TRPV1 and TRPA1 receptors. These receptors play a role in our pain perception. In addition, early studies report that CBC may be potentially beneficial in neurogenesis.

Cannabinol (CBN)

This cannabinoid has started to make waves in the scientific community for its possible sedative effects. Our body converts THC to CBN. While it’s not psychoactive or intoxicating, the way CBN interacts with the CB1 receptor may be the reason those exposed to THC get those sleepy eyes. Preliminary sleep studies with CBN are promising for those who are looking for a non-habit forming sleep-aid.

Cannabidiolic Acid (CBDA)

CBDA is the precursor to CBD. Like CBD, the main objective of CBDA is to bring homeostasis to the system. Research on CBDA shows that this cannabinoid inhibits the COX-2 enzyme. As a result, CBDA may potentially be a potent anti-inflammatory.

Tetrahydrocannabinolic Acid (TCHA)

When pressure is acted upon THCA, it converts to THC. While research on this cannabinoid is still in its early stages, there are a lot of promising finds on this molecule. Anecdotal evidence points to THCA potentially having neuroprotective properties. Thanks to the entourage effect, THCA and CBC may play a role in boosting brain function.

Cannabigerol (CBG)

While there are minimal traces of CBG in hemp, both THC and CBD start off as this essential cannabinoid. CBG is broken down into CBGA, which then branches off to either CBDA or THCA. Eventually, it becomes one of the two cannabinoids most associated with cannabis.

Tetrahydrocannabivarin (THCV)

This cannabinoid is found in small doses in hemp. It has intoxicating capabilities. However, research indicates it may help with brain disorders, including epilepsy. Thanks to the entourage effect, many of the intoxicating side effects are offset, allowing the hemp extract user to experience the other benefits of THCV.

While cannabinoids play a huge role in how the entourage effect works, there is another critical component of this scientific phenomenon. These compounds also live within the trichome glands and are bound by the hemp plant’s volatile oils. They are known as terpenes and are the chemical compounds responsible for the science behind aromatherapy.

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What Are Terpenes?

While cannabinoids get a bulk of the credit for the benefits of hemp extract, they don’t work alone. In a true group effort, other chemical compounds within the hemp plant also benefit from this symbiotic relationship.

When pressure is applied upon a hemp plant (as in during hemp extraction), the trichomes get ruptured. As a result, the trichomes release aromatic oils into the atmosphere. Compounds that cause these scents are known as terpenes.

Cannabinoids are synonymous with cannabis. However, terpenes are present in every plant. Scent compounds are a byproduct of biological evolution. To survive in the present day, plants needed to develop defense mechanisms that would keep insects and bacteria from destroying the crops.

Plants developed terpenes as a means to repel predators. However, their sweet smells attract pollinators such as birds, bees, and humans as well. Every non-extinct plant species today has perfected their scent that would allow the genus to prosper. Thanks to these terpenes, human beings can now prosper as well.

The Entourage Effect and Terpenes

Research indicates that terpenes play a critical role in the entourage effect. One analysis stated, “Selective cross-breeding of high-terpenoid- and high-phytocannabinoid-specific chemotypes has thus become a rational target that may lead to novel approaches to such disorders as treatment-resistant depression, anxiety, drug dependency, dementia and a panoply of dermatological disorders, as well as industrial applications as safer pesticides and antiseptics.”

There are over 100 terpenes in cannabis. Here are the terpene aromatic compounds commonly found in hemp.

Myrcene

This chemical compound is typically found in tangy plants like mango, lemongrass, and bay leaves. Studies on this terpene find that it exhibits strong antibacterial and antimicrobial capabilities. In terms of the entourage effect, myrcene has shown to exasperate the effects of THC.

Lastly, this compound keeps an eye out for the rest of the entourage. Research on myrcene suggests this compound combats resistance in the blood-brain barrier. Therefore, it opens the door for other cannabinoids and terpenes to reach more areas of the endocannabinoid system.

Caryophyllene

Caryophyllene is a spicy scent that is found in clove, black pepper, and hops. It is not known to have any intoxicating effects. However, studies on caryophyllenesuggest this compound is effective in boosting potential anti-spasmatic and anti-inflammatory capabilities of hemp extract. These benefits make caryophyllene a must for athletes in need of CBD for recovery.

Linalool

One of the most well-researched terpenes, linalool is responsible for the floral scent of lavender, rose, and Roman chamomile. It also plays a crucial role in the entourage effect, promoting a sedative-like impact on the system. Research indicates this terpene helps boost production of GABA, a calming neurotransmitter in the brain. Thus, linalool is essential for regulating sleep patterns and may promote mental well-being.

Also, linalool has shown a lot of promise in rejuvenating skin cells. When combined with other terpenes like limonene and with cannabinoids like CBD hemp extract is a great addition to anyone’s beauty regimen.

Pinene

As the name suggests, this essential oil is responsible for the piny scent found in hemp, pine needles, and sage. Research on pinene is promising to support cognitive function. In fact, pinene helps counteract the psychoactive abilities of THC. This action allows the body to still reap THC’s non-mind-altering benefits. Lastly, pinene helps keep the entourage in the entourage effect robust by forming other terpenes, including limonene.

Limonene

Citrus fruits can thank this terpene for its distinct scent. However, CBD users can thank limonene for the hemp plant’s energizing effects. Limonene is quickly absorbed by the bloodstream, making it so beneficial for those who use CBD tinctures for a jolt of phytocannabinoid self-care. In true entourage effect fashion, limonene also assists the body in absorbing other terpenes.

Humulene

This compound is responsible for the wood-like scent found in clove, hops, and coriander. Humulene commonly interacts with caryophyllene. Research indicates, the two boost one another’s potential anti-inflammatory effects.

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How to Experience the Entourage Effect with Hemp Extract

Just because it has CBD on the label doesn’t mean you are going to experience the entourage effect. It is essential that your product is either full-spectrum or broad-spectrum hemp oil. When you see these words, it means that the entire hemp plant was included during the extraction process.

Each part of the hemp plant is unique and requires different nutrients to carry out their purpose for the survival of the plant. The stems, seeds, and leaves of hemp have varying concentrations of amino acids, terpenes, and cannabinoids. Utilizing the whole plant isn’t just more sustainable; it can actually enrich the overall formula.  

Research indicates that cannabinoids and terpenes can be increased naturally during the growing process. These sustainable plants require excess light in order to up their cannabinoid counts. However, thanks to federal laws, these practices can also make choosing a CBD company more difficult.

Opt for a CBD company or brand who works with farmers which are Farm Bill compliant and cultivate phytocannabinoid-rich hemp. The best way to check for this is to always ask for or review the lab test or certificate of analysis (COA) for each CBD product you purchase. 

 For us at Made by Hemp, we are proud to operate our business with full transparency and display our lab tests on each one of our product pages. We 3rd party test every product for purity and quality. That way, you will know your endocannabinoid system is getting the full entourage effect!

Ready to experience the full benefits of the entourage effect? Stop by our onlineshop today!

 

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CBD Oil and Driving: Everything You Need to Know

Unlike alcohol or Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), CBD oil does not give you a high, slow your reflexes down, or mess up with your visual perception and concentration. It doesn’t have any adverse health effects, and studies show it even helps alleviate stress, pain, or trauma. However, different people react to different doses, and if you’re not sure how it will impact your ability to drive and get on the road, here are a few things you should know about CBD and driving.

First of all, What is CBD and CBD oil?

CBD is one of the many chemical compounds found in cannabis, a plant which has been used for its medicinal properties for thousands of years now. Cannabidiol oil or CBD oil, on the other hand, is an extract made from its leaves and stems, usually mixed with a carrier oil like hemp seed oil. Unlike its other cousins, CBD lacks the psychoactive properties of tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) which are the ones responsible for getting you high.

CBD oil is gaining popularity as of late, with a lot of studies focusing on its healing potential, and with more and more people taking it as a dietary supplement, using it for therapeutic purposes, physical performance improvement and recovery, and maximizing its properties that benefit the body.

Is CBD and Driving Legal?

Though there is still debate over how the FDA should regulate, CBD is legal on the federal level through the 2018 Farm Bill. Therefore, CBD and driving with it in your system won’t get you into trouble the same way drunk driving would. As long as the CBD oil you use contains no more than 0.3% THC, it’s classified as a hemp product and is therefore legal.

Though this is legal, we wouldn’t suggest you telling the officer as many do not understand the difference between hemp and marijuana.

How long does CBD oil stay in your system?

There is no one single answer to this question as there’s a whole lot of key factors which influence how long CBD oil will stay in your system. The body’s reaction also differs from individual to individual. Among the factors contributing to how long the substance lasts in your body including your body weight, your lifestyle, metabolism, and of course the frequency and amount of CBD oil you consume.

Because CBD can be stored in fat cells, it can stay longer in your system if you have a larger body mass than if you have very little fat in your body. So it also makes sense that people with a more active lifestyle are able to get rid of traces of CBD from their body faster compared to those who do not exercise because they eliminate traces of CBD as they burn the fat. It’s the same thing with diet—as fiber-rich food pulls fatty substances from the body via stool, CBD is eliminated in the process as well. So the more fiber you take in, the faster CBD will exit your body.

Sometimes, though, metabolism is a completely separate thing from a person’s weight or lifestyle, and if you naturally have a high metabolic rate, you’ll be able to eliminate CBD faster no matter how much you weigh or what kinds of food you eat.

Perhaps the most important factor to consider is how much you consume and how often you take it. If you take CBD oil on a regular basis or if you take it in large doses, it will take time before you clear your system completely of the substance.

Won’t it make you feel sleepy?

When taken in higher doses, CBD oil gives a relaxing effect that can promote better sleep. However, small doses can give you an energy boost and keep you alert, awake, and focused, so you may actually drive better! But again, different bodies have different reactions to the product. There is no “one serving fits all,” so it is best to figure out how much CBD oil to take and how your body reacts to it before trying CBD and driving.

So, should you CBD and drive?

Yes. You can take CBD oil and still drive because the 0.3% THC in it will not impair you or get you high. You will still function like your normal self. However, be sure you source your CBD oil from a company you can trust so you know they display the accurate chemical breakdown of their products.

 

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4 Key Reasons to Use Hemp Oil on Your Skin

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Hemp oil is an incredibly beneficial skin-care ingredient that packs powerful, long-lasting hydration! It’s amazing for all skin types. Here are 4 key reasons why you should start using hemp oil for skin care today.

1. Acts as a skin moisturizer

If you experience problems of dry and dehydrated skin, hemp oil may be all that you have been missing to nourish your skin and keep it looking rejuvenated. Hemp oil contains fats or lipids that are similar to those occurring naturally in our skin. This makes it an effective moisturizer and protector of the skin. It increases the skin elasticity hence bringing to life dehydrated and tired-looking skin.

2. Helps skin from the inside out

Taking hemp oil as a nutritional supplement help to promote overall wellness. There are compounds found in hemp oil (known as phytocannabinoids) that interact with our endocannabinoid system. For this reason, hemp oil is a powerful tool for inner and outer beauty.

Hemp oil is a perfect skin care product ingredient for everyone. It moisturizes the skin and brings more oxygen to it, great for dehydrated, itchy skin. Hemp oil is especially ideal for sensitive skin because it is a natural product with no known negative side-effects.

Hemp oil absorbs quickly into the skin, doesn’t block skin pores, and actually helps the skin to balance oil production.

3. It is rich in supplements vital for healthy skin

Hemp oil contains a wide array of supplements necessary for healthy living such as Vitamins A and E, as well as minerals like magnesium, potassium, phosphorus, iron, zinc and calcium. Although these essential body minerals are in trace amounts, ingesting hemp oil is great for overall wellness. Hemp oil also has plenty of antioxidants. Because of this property, many users of the oil believe that it helps slow skin aging.

4. Used in lotions and other cosmetics

Hemp oil is a common ingredient in shampoos, lotions, sunscreens and other products for skin care. Why? Because hemp’s moisturizing properties are incredible. Plus it adds vitamin D to the skin; necessary for keeping it smooth and soft throughout.

All in all, whether applied directly to the skin or consumed as a supplement, hemp oil offers your skin plenty of nourishment, keeping it looking healthy, fresh and attractive!