Entourage effect, is a commonly used term in the alternative medicine community. It stands for the effect from using a whole plant medicine vs using a single isolated compound/active ingredient produced in laboratory. This would be the difference between using CBD (Cannabidiol) Isolate vs Full Spectrum CBD extract. Full spectrum CBD extract contains much more than the popular CBD cannabinoid, it contains a range of cannabinoids and terpenes, where as CBD Isolate contains only CBD. A great food analogy for this is the difference between eating an orange with all its nutritional value and vitamins vs taking a vitamin in which only contains the vitamin C. Yes the vitamin C has benefits, however the orange contains much more vitamins, minerals, and nutrition than isolated vitamin C.
Full Spectrum CBD extract can contain over 10 different cannabinoids, a few examples of the diverse cannabinoids include 'CBD, CBDA, CBN, CBG, CBC, CBL, CBV, CBDV, CBCV, CBGV, THCV, THC, THCA, and more, in fact there are over 113 different cannabinoids that hemp and cannabis may contain. On top of the varied combination of cannabinoids present in a full spectrum CBD extract, there are also a combination of 'terpenes' present in a full spectrum CBD extract which may produce varied effects and benefits to complete the entourage effect. This range of Terpenes which are by definition 'any large group of volatile unsaturated hydrocarbons found in the essential oils of plants', form a huge family of over 200 known terpenes in the hemp and cannabis plant which each have there own unique fragrance, taste, effects, and benefits.
Based on our customer feedback and articles from hundreds of websites, full spectrum CBD oil has many more benefits largely due to the wide range of compounds present and produces what is known as the 'entourage effect' due to this full spectrum of plant compounds.
Date: January 2019