Cannabinoids, The Entourage Effect, The Need for More Than Just CBD

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High guys…I think we need to talk about

something serious. *Sigh*… this thing between CBD

and I? It just is not working out. It’s not CBD, it’s

me… I love CBD so much but I need more!

How much are you asking? Well… as a lady stoner

myself, I’d say a lady gotta have her entourage, right?

High guys and I am back at it again with some more cannabis science! This week I will educate and inform you about the entourage effect. Understanding “the entourage effect” will explain the cannabinoid chemical reactions within the human body and what it looks like.

What is the Entourage Effect?

My understanding of the entourage effect is that it’s a scientific “unstable creature” when it comes to chemical reactions. I’ve read that the entourage effect occurs when different cannabis compounds, like cannabinoids THC, THCV, CBD, CBN, CBG and others, combine and create a powerful, but complex chemical reaction. This reaction creates effects that are more powerful than when cannabinoids are isolated.

Is THC Only for Fun?

I know what it looks like… I am breaking up with my goody goody CBD to get with the fun and bad-ass THC? *Gasp* You think very little of me… in fact I need more than just THC! I need it all!

Seriously. Let’s treat the myth “CBD is for medicinal purposes and THC is only for fun and recreational purposes”. This MYTH creates a stigma that THC lacks medicinal benefits when in fact, this cannabinoid is very important. Just as important as CBD, THCV, CBN, and other 200+ cannabinoids. Without Delta-9 THC, phyto-cannabinoids would have weak binding to the CB1 and CB2 receptors in the body.

Let me break this down further. This complex reaction is potentially the reason why THC extractions are stronger; different cannabinoid and terpene profiles create different effects in different Cannabis compounds AND… why strains have different effects on your body.

An example that explains my thinking: say you smoke a joint right? The cannabinoids from your joint enter your endocannabinoid system (ECS) and sends messages to either your body’s CB1 or CB2 receptors. This reaction operates in a lock-and-key function with your receptors and releases the medicinal properties.

The receptors are a part of the endocannabinoid system that impacts the physiological process. The CB1 receptors are found in the brain and central nervous system and CB2 receptors are found within the peripheral organ, especially in the immune system.

Final Thoughts

Let me close this with entourage effect and munchies insight. During a smoke session, do you have the munchies feeling while you’re smoking or after you finish smoking? Most likely after and lemme tell you why. During your hit, the heat activated the terpenes, exchanged messages from your ECS to your receptors. This cannabis compound reaction created the appetite response, or “the munchies”.

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Written by: Asia McCain

Edited by: Veronica Castillo

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