You’ve come to know the terms THC and CBD pretty well when it comes to cannabis. But, there are over one hundred active cannabinoids in the plant you may not know as much about. When these cannabinoids all come together your endocannabinoid receptors process the effects on your body differently than they would with say, CBD purely isolated. This is where the entourage effect comes in.
CBD can benefit your body in a number of ways if you are using the right product. In order to decide which will benefit you best, it serves to know the difference between full-spectrum cannabis extracts and cannabinoid isolates. On top of that, there are the equally active terpenoids within the terpenes of each and every cannabis plant. With each of these cannabinoids, flavonoids, and terpenoids come differing therapeutic effects when working together.
The key things to keep in mind here when looking for the best CBD product for alleviating a specific pain are: the strain the CBD is derived from (which will tell you the terpenes that come with that strain.) Then, whether or not it’s a CBD distillate, or if it’s a whole-plant extract. The way these different compounds interact in a synergistic fashion is known as the entourage effect.
Leafly’s Entourage Effect Wheel
CBD or THC Distillate
Pure CBD or THC distillate is going to give you a lot of one thing, but not the full effect of what a whole-plant extract may give you therapeutically. There are conditions such as epilepsy and cancer that react more positively to THC and CBD. For general pain relief, or specific psychoactive effects, a full-spectrum extract will be your best bet.
Full-Spectrum (or Whole-Plant Extract)
Out of the 100 active cannabinoids in a whole cannabis plant, some of the others you may have heard of include cannabinol (CBN), cannabidiol acid (CBDA), tetrahydrocannabivarin (THCV), and cannabidivarin (CBDV.) These all play a role in feeling the strain-specific bodily reactions to your CBD and/or THC-rich cannabis or cannabis oil. From whole-flower extracts, or through ingesting all of the cannabis flower, you can feel the entourage effect, which can lead to better pain management. Read more about four CBD products that can help with pain management that you can find at Diamond Green.