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What are cannabinoids and how do they work? What is the entourage effect?

What are Cannabinoid?  How does CBD work?

Did you know CBD, or Cannabidiol, is just one of around 120 active ingredients, or known Cannabinoids, that scientists have been able to find and isolate from the hemp plant?

Researchers continue decoding the secrets contained within this ancient plant and with that a more diverse range of natural compounds are becoming available to consumers, with a broadened range of applications and effectiveness that anyone interested in holistic wellness deserves to know more about.

The profile and type of cannabinoid compounds present in any commonly consumed tincture, capsule, gummy or topical cream or salve is commonly referred to as a “spectrum.” While CBD is the cannabinoid that launched non-psychoactive hemp-derived compounds into the spotlight due to its treatment of epilepsy, other compounds contained in the hemp plant show just as great of promise and continue to shine.

Isolate, Broad Spectrum, or Full Spectrum spectrums describe the composition and range of compounds found in most CBD products. It tells us which beneficial cannabinoids (such as CBG, CBN, CBC, CBDV) in addition to CBD and/or THC, are present in the final product, which ultimately determines the potential effects and benefits for you.

Isolate is usually only one compound which is the isolated CBD and not found to be quite as effective and one can build up a tolerance faster. The two most beneficial types of spectrums are full and broad.  Full Spectrum contains the widest range of cannabinoids with the legal limit of 0.3% THC.  While Broad Spectrum contains everything that Full Spectrum contains minus any trace levels of THC.  Which might be the best CBD option for you if you are getting drug tested and want to try to achieve the desired entourage effect.

The extraction methods by which these cannabinoids “spectrums” are isolated is not created equal. It’s important to know which type of spectrum and process will best help you reach your goals when considering a CBD/cannabinoid product.

Cannabinoid Profiles

Many consumers have reported increased efficacy and more positive benefits from a broad spectrum hemp extracts than with single cannabinoid isolates.

While more research is needed to fully understand this phenomenon, when a grouping of active cannabinoids produces an effect that is greater than the sum of its parts, scientists call it the “entourage effect.”
Beyond CBD, one of the cannabinoids generating the most excitement amongst researchers today is CBG, or Cannabigerol. Sometimes called “the mother of all cannabinoids,” CBG is the first active compound produced early in the life cycle of a hemp plant.

Scientists are learning more and more about how the diverse range of cannabinoids effects receptors in the human body as well as animals and produces desirable effects to promote a holistic well-being.

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