The Entourage Effect

 

The entourage effect is the complex synergy between all of the different components of cannabis, including cannabinoids, terpenes, flavonoids, and other compounds. Thanks to this synergy, whole-plant cannabis preparations produce greater benefits than isolated THC or CBD on their own.

 A number of conditions have been studied in conjunction with the entourage effect. A 2011 review of studies in the British Journal of Pharmacology found that taking terpenes and phytocannabinoids together may be beneficial for:

  • pain
  • anxiety
  • inflammation
  • epilepsy
  • cancer
  • fungal infections

 

Terpene can actively affect those brain receptors and the way they work. Terpenes have been found to influence how much THC enters the brain through the blood-brain barrier. Most importantly, science has shown how terpenes can directly influence the brain's neurotransmitters in various ways. Some types may influence the brain in a way as to relax us, while others have the opposite effect, lifting our mood and energy levels.