The Entourage Effect
The Entourage Effect is the overall effect that the synergy between different components of Cannabis (Cannabinoids, Terpenoids, Flavonoids & Fatty Acids) create, when used together! This means that even the non-psychoactive components in your medicine modulate the effects that you feel from consuming that specific cannabis. Think of it this way; a concert violinist might sound amazing by themselves, but a night out at the orchestra is a much deeper and more ‘well rounded’ experience.
Cannabis contains approximately 500 compound, around 100 of which are Cannabinoids (THC, CBD, CBN etc.); So what are the rest? Terpenoids, Flavonoids, Fatty Acids and the like!
If you have ever used something like Distillate or Isolate to medicate, you are only getting part of the cocktail Cannabis has to offer! By combining the active ingredients (Cannabinoids: THC, CBD, CBN etc.) with the Terpenoids (Scent components), Flavonoids (Pigment components) & Fatty Acids (Glycerol Esters etc.) we achieve the full or ‘Entourage’ effect from our Cannabis.
Terpenes and Terpenoids
These compounds play the biggest role, after Cannabinoids. Terpenes like Myrcene and Linalool contributing to the relaxing and sedative effects; while Terpenes like Pinene and Limonene can open up your airways and make you feel invigorated. These chemicals make up the scent and taste of your Cannabis.
Flavonoids, Naturally occurring plant pigments, are one of the reasons fruits and vegetables (and Cannabis) are so good for you. Among the many benefits attributed to Flavonoidsare reduced risk of cancer, heart disease, asthma, and stroke. They may play a special role in protecting the brain.
Fatty Acids in Cannabis are converted into Cannabinoids inside your body when you consume it. These are the same fatty acids you get from Fish & Eggs, particularly Omega-3 and Omega-6. Your body then turns these fatty acids into endocannabinoids, which in turn play a critical role in things like inflammation relief.