The Entourage Effect Needs Terpenes, THC, and CBD -- Learn About Full Spectrum CBD Vs. Distillate

If you’ve visited one of our retail locations, you might’ve heard the terms THC and CBD. With over one hundred active cannabinoids in the cannabis plant, THC and CBD have come together to become two of the most common words we hear when discussing marijuana products.

These terms are important because the cannabinoids work together to create the entourage effect. With the entourage effect, the combination of terpenes, THC and CBD helps the human endocannabinoid system to really start firing on all levels. With some people and in certain cases, this system, plus the addition of specific terpenes, THC, and CBD has infused together to remedy some of the most extreme cases of certain diseases and illnesses.

The effects of THC and CBD effect everyone differently and the endocannabinoid system responds in unique ways to the various terpene profiles that accompany each strain of flower. Depending on the right product, CBD can benefit your body in a multitude of ways. Knowing which products to try and utilize requires some basic knowledge about full-spectrum oil versus cannabinoid isolates.

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. It is also important to understand that there are active terpenoids within the flavor profiles of each and every cannabis plant. With each of these cannabinoids and terpenoids comes various therapeutic effects when consumed together.

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When looking for the best CBD products, it is important to identify whether or not the product includes full-spectrum extract or a CBD isolate. In order to have the entourage effect impact your pain, inflammation, or work in general, some form of THC is necessary which is why full-spectrum extract is preferred. CBD isolate doesn’t include any form of THC and would require external THC added into the equation. It could be smoked, eaten, drank, or even in topical form.

CBD Isolate or THC Distillate

Pure CBD isolate is going to give you a ton of one thing, CBD. Distillate from cannabis is usually only high in THC. Without both CBD and THC, the entourage effect isn’t possible. In order for you to receive therapeutic benefits, you’re going to need a little bit of both compounds. 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 the cannabis plant, you might have heard of cannabinol (CBN), cannabidiol acid (CBDA), tetrahydrocannabivarin (THCV), and cannabidivarin (CBDV.) These cannabinoids all play a major role in the reactions your body has to specific strains or products rich in CBD, THC, and terpenes. With whole-flower extracts, there are more cannabinoids which usually increases the likelihood for the entourage effect to have positive impact.

Legal Purchasing Limits for Cannabis Products

Adults 21 and over can purchase up to one ounce of usable cannabis flower, 16 ounces of cannabis-infused edibles in solid form, 72 ounces of cannabis drinkables, and 7 grams of cannabis concentrates.

Three ounces of usable cannabis flower, forty-eight ounces of cannabis-infused edibles in solid form, two hundred sixteen ounces of cannabis drinkables, and twenty-one grams of cannabis concentrates, per the Washington State Department of Health.