With the increasing availability of hemp oil products, more people are starting to realize the wonderful benefits of CBG and CBN. But there’s a lesser-known phenomenon known as the entourage effect that is equally important in how well these compounds act on the nervous system.
Discovered in 1998 by medical researchers, the entourage effect is the synergistic relationship between cannabinoids and terpenes. Research indicated that the therapeutic properties of CBG, CBN, and a host of other compounds were boosted by terpenes, and other powerful compounds.
Meet the endocannabinoid system (ECS)
The mechanism by which cannabinoids affect the human body is via the endocannabinoid system (ECS). The ECS is a complex cell-signaling system that influences many different processes and bodily functions including sleep, mood, appetite, memory, and even immunity. Everyone has an endocannabinoid system even if they don’t use cannabis.
Components of the cannabis plant known as phytocannabinoids mimic chemicals in the human body and bind to receptors in the ECS.
Although there are more well known non-psychoactive compounds in cannabis, CBG (cannabigerol) is beginning to move toward center stage in the ongoing research and development of hemp products.
CBG shares many similarities with other cannabinoids in how they both act on the endocannabinoid system. CBG is non-psychoactive meaning they won’t alter your state of mind the way some compounds can in higher doses. Alone, they are important compounds that act on the ECS, but together, they can be even more powerful.
So what is the entourage effect
Terpenoids—the aromatic essential oil compounds of cannabis and other plants—can influence our mood and sense of wellbeing all on their own. Likewise, when taking pure CBG oil, one might experience a certain effect—feeling more at ease, a little less stress, more relaxed.
But when blended with the active cannabis compounds, like CBG and some better known cannabinoids, terpenes can dramatically influence the way the compounds interact with the ECS. While ingesting a certain cannabinoid compound or isolate may affect the nervous system or bodily processes, researchers found that by blending more than one compound, the effects could be amplified or used to target specific receptors in the ECS.
This is what’s known as the entourage effect.
“The whole idea of an entourage is to combine ingredients that are going to enhance the therapeutic effect desired.”
—Dr Ethan Russo
There are tens of thousands of terpenes known to us—all of which have the potential to affect our wellbeing in vast and impactful ways. Aromatherapy and other wellness modalities have been making use of terpenes for ages. These compounds can have both subtle and profound effects in countless ways. (To learn more about terpenes and the entourage effset, be sure to check out this video interview with Dr Ethan Russo.)
Daygold’s three tinctures, based in organic coconut oil, contain hemp-derived cannabinoids—including CBG, CBN along with other cannabinoids and over a dozen botanical terpenes to promote a calm, relaxed body and mind.
Our unique broad spectrum hemp blends are the result of decades of phytocannabinoid research by leading botanical expert and neurologist Dr. Ethan Russo, one of the most well-respected researchers in the cannabis industry.
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