CBD (the cannabinoid that has demonstrated significant reductions in epileptic seizures in some users, particularly children) doesn’t do so well in the human system without other compounds native to cannabis. This symbiotic relationship, between CBD and other cannabinoids like THC, CBC, CBG and others is called the “entourage effect”. The term was theorized by Israeli researcher Raphael Mechoulam in 1999. He describes the entourage effect as the relationship between different compounds in cannabis working together to channel the CB1 and CB2 neuroreceptors natural to the human body to provide maximum relief for debilitating symptoms. To take it a step further, the entourage effect doesn’t just apply to cannabinoids. Terpenes, the aromatic compounds natural to most plants, are especially concentrated in cannabis. These aromatic compounds have been found to provide significant relief for many debilitating conditions just by themselves.
Though many cannabis strains may have similar THC levels or ratios of cannabinoids, the fragrance of each strain is capable of delivering a very different effect. That is what the entourage effect is, in short. These compounds all act together in a way that stimulates our brains to release endorphins and neurotransmitters in ways that each individual compound cannot do by itself.
The entourage effect is what differentiates CBD hemp oil commonly found in health shops and pharmacy’s countrywide to medical cannabis CBD oil. Industrial hemp CBD products are legally distributed throughout South Africa as they contain less than 0,05% THC. These products are often made from whole plant extraction, seed, stalks, and flowers and are made in China. Unlike CBD made from industrial hemp, medical cannabis CBD oils have a higher percentage of THC, around 1% rendering them effective.