The Entourage Effect is theory that CBD works better in combination with other cannabinoids and terpenes found in the hemp plant (including some THC), than when isolated. A growing number of researchers believe these substances produce superior results when administered in a more natural form, either together or in combination with other chemical compounds found in cannabis plants like the minor cannabinoids, terpenes, and flavonoids. These compounds are often referred to as whole-plant or Full-spectrum products.
While some still have doubts, experimental evidence has convinced many cannabis consumers and industry professionals that the entourage effect is real.
When multiple cannabis compounds are integrated, their medicinal effects may be enhanced. Many who work closely with cannabis believe the entourage effect can dramatically increase the medicinal use of THC and CBD, either by magnifying their known effects or by expanding their menu of therapeutic applications.
The therapeutic effects of cannabis compounds arise from their ability to bind with naturally occurring endocannabinoid receptors in the brain and throughout the central nervous system (endocannibinoid system). The human endocannabinoid system is designed to link with endogenous cannabinoids produced by the body, but compounds found in cannabis plants can bind with these receptors just as efficiently.
The entourage effect may be one of the reasons why marijuana is such an effective medicine!