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The Entourage Effect

There’s a new group in town

When I say ‘entourage’ the first thing that probably pops into your mind is the former HBO show of the early-2000s. The last thing you think, I’d venture to guess, is that this term ‘the entourage effect’ is used to describe the combined effects of chemical compounds like CBD, CBG, THC, and CBN working together within your body. Researchers have been studying the impacts of all of these compounds, and while more studies are pouring in, there are already a lot of really interesting results.

Let’s talk about the entourage effect, what it means when referring to CBD and its chemical relatives, and why you should care.

What is The Entourage Effect?

The term ‘the entourage effect’ refers specifically to cannabinoids and how they interact together to have different impacts on your body and mind. It even refers to non-cannabinoids like terpenes, which are simply the compounds responsible for scent in plants, including cannabis and hemp. Scent is a powerful influencer, just ask any chef or skilled bartender. This is the reason why lemon peels are expressed over cocktails, why herbs are slapped before being placed for garnish. Expressing herbs and fruits for their oils is a way to enhance flavor.

At the time of this article’s publications, there are just over 100 different cannabinoids that have been discovered. Consider now all the possibilities for mixing and matching these chemicals and how exciting the future is for how to utilize these combinations!

Which Cannabinoids Work Well Together?

CBD stands for cannabidiol, and next to THC or tetrahydrocannabinol, it might be the most well-known cannabinoid right now. The reason for this, in my opinion, is because CBD can be derived from either a hemp or cannabis plant. Hemp has been federally legal since 2018, whereas cannabis is only legal in certain states, and some states only allow it for medical use. Because CBD can come from hemp, it makes it easier to get, ship, and produce in America. This makes it a more common household name and therefore more common in household products.

CBD is showing in many studies that it may work well with its relative CBG or cannabigerol to reduce inflammation and therefore also pain management. (Less inflammation means less swelling and therefore less pain.) More studies link this dynamic duo to fighting bacterial infections, improving moods, and even preventing epileptic seizures. Perhaps the most exciting potential with CBD and CBG is their ability to potentially fight cancer. That’s right, CBG and CBD have shown to prevent cellular growth in animal studies.

It’s important to note that CBG and CBD are both non-psychoactive compounds, which means that they impact your body, not your mind. Ingesting or inhaling either, or both, of these cannabinoids will not give you the euphoric feeling of being ‘high’.

CBD also works well with CBN, or cannabinol. CBN is created by scientists from THC, which makes it a mildly psychoactive drug. Because both CBD and CBN have been indicating as helping people fall asleep, they are often paired together for optimal sleep-aids. And like CBD and CBG, studies have shown that CBD with CBN may help with pain and act as an anti-inflammatory.

CBD and THC also show positive potential in many studies. A big issue with THC and CBD research and the ability to distribute products containing THC is the legality of THC in so much of America. Hopefully, federal laws will change and help with the research into THC’s medical potential and its availability throughout the country.

Right now, studies have shown that THC and CBD together may reduce pain and inflammation, prevent epileptic seizures (just like CBD and CBG!), fight fungal infections, reduce anxiety, and just like CBD and CBG: potentially preventing cancer by stopping the overgrowth of cells.

The Future of The Entourage Effect and You

While the studies are still being conducted, the research is very positive as to the potential medical benefits of The Entourage Effect. If you’re interested in trying any High Peaks products that contain CBD and CBN or CBD and CBG, here is a list below:

High Peaks recommends consulting with your doctor before introducing CBD, CBG, or CBN into your daily routine. These chemicals can interact with other medications and pre-existing conditions. Your doctor will know best how much to consume or if you should consume any of these drugs.