Everything You Need to Know About the Entourage Effect

, 22/03/2021

THC and CBD have become well-known and widely-used by medical professionals and patients alike as research continues to shine a spotlight on how these products are proving to be beneficial for an ever-growing list of health issues.

Across the United States, the most common use for medical marijuana is for chronic pain control. It’s gradually becoming the safer alternative to opiates because it’s significantly less addicting and impossible to overdose on. Patients who use medical marijuana for nerve pain, multiple sclerosis, and arthritis, among other ailments, say that cannabis helps them take control over their lives again without making them feel sluggish or ‘out of it’.

But there are other health benefits beyond pain control. Medical marijuana can help lessen tremors caused by Parkinson’s disease, control endometriosis symptoms, and treat glaucoma. This is hardly the tip of the iceberg, yet many consumers are still woefully unaware of the mental and physical benefits of THC and CBD products.

However, as researchers continue to explore the impacts THC and CBD have on a person’s health, they’re finding that when administered in a more natural form, either together or in combination with other cannabis compounds like cannabinoids, flavonoids, and terpenes, their health benefits become more powerful and can be applied to additional therapeutic needs. This is known as the entourage effect.

To get the best results, companies should use the highest-quality cannabis flower, oil, and extracts, but it’s also contingent on a company’s extraction process as well. At North Star Holdings, we not only use clean, organic methods and high-quality products, but our proprietary extraction methods guarantee that we maintain as much of the cannabinoid, flavonoids, and terpenes as possible. By doing this, we create the desired entourage effect that we know will improve the overall relief and impact of our oil and concentrate products for consumers.

Multiple studies have shown the benefits of taking phytocannabinoids and terpenes together. In 2011, a study done by a British Journal found that the entourage effect helped patients with cancer, epilepsy, and pain. In 2018, another study showed that mixing cannabis cannabinoids reduced the number of seizures patients with epilepsy had compared to if they were just treated with pure CBD extracts. Another 2018 study found that the entourage effect can also help to protect brain health.

While it appears that THC and CBD work better as a pair rather than alone, it’s important that patients remember two things: 1) that a person’s goals for cannabis are unique and 2) cannabis products affect every person differently. The dosage ratio that works for one person may not work for the next. It’s not only important that consumers talk to their healthcare providers, but that your budtenders also understand how to talk to customers about the entourage effect and its effects.

If you have any questions about our specific processes and products, please contact the North Star Holdings team today.

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