Understanding the entourage effect is simple if you can imagine cannabinoids and terpenes as a platoon of military warriors, attacking the enemy through fire and maneuver. Except in this scenario, every fighter is a cannabinoid, equipped with Small arm terpenes, or crew served terpenes. Each trained personal armed with their weapon, moving in sync with tactical intent to accomplish the mission. Allow me to explain-
THC (Delta-9-Tetrahydrocannabinol—the most psychoactive cannabinoid) and CBD (cannabidiol—A non-psychoactive cannabinoid) are probably the most studied cannabinoids thus far. These cannabinoids are profuse in resin which are produced inside glandular structures. This part of the cannabis plant is called the trichome. The resin is also littered with Terpenes.
Terpenes principally deliver cannabis’s Flavor and Fragrance. Terpenes are there to help repel bugs and animals in nature and also have been attributed to having pharmacological properties, such as anti-microbial, anti-fungal, anti-viral, and anti-inflammatory to name a few.
Now say hello to the "entourage effect".
This is what certified smart people who study this outstanding plant and the effects on our bodies (I.E. Dr Ethan Russo) call when cannabinoids and terpenes work together to increase therapeutic benefits of the plant’s individual components. Meaning a whole plant profile, terpenes and cannabinoids boost the impact of cannabis. Can you now picture cannabinoids and terpenes as a platoon of military warriors, attacking the enemy (ailments) through fire and maneuver (phytonutrients)?
So, when speaking about the effect of cannabis, a full terpene/cannabinoid profile should be considered rather than just a brand or potency. And that brings me to this point: CBD is good but is better with some terpene friends. Cannabinoids from hemp, and the terpenes from Lemon Grass, or Eucalyptus plant can aid with ease and comfort amongst a host of other things.