As a medical marijuana doctor at Rapid Referrals, I am passionate about sharing knowledge and insights about the healing properties of cannabis (marijuana) with the general public, medical professionals, and prospective patients.
For this article, I would like to discuss a newly recognized phenomenon gaining traction in the cannabis world – the “entourage effect”.
The “entourage effect” is a term coined to describe the synergistic interaction between various compounds found in the cannabis plant, working together to enhance their overall therapeutic benefits. In other words, the entirety of the effect is greater than the sum effects of its contributing parts.
Imagine an orchestra playing harmoniously to create a beautiful symphony. Similarly, the “entourage effect” is the result of different cannabis components such as cannabinoids, terpenes, and flavonoids working together in harmony to create a more potent and balanced experience.
Cannabinoids like THC and CBD are well-known for their individual effects. THC is the psychoactive compound responsible for the “high” associated with marijuana, while CBD is known for its numerous health benefits without the mind-altering effects.
However, the cannabis plant boasts over 100 different cannabinoids, each with unique properties. When combined, these cannabinoids interact in ways that amplify their individual benefits.
Terpenes are aromatic compounds found in cannabis, as well as in many other plants. They contribute to the distinct smell and flavor profiles of different cannabis strains.
But terpenes are more than just fragrances – they also possess therapeutic properties, including anti-inflammatory, analgesic (pain relieving), and anxiolytic (anti-anxiety) effects. By interacting with cannabinoids, terpenes can modulate and enhance the overall benefits of cannabis.
Flavonoids, responsible for the pigmentation (color) of plants, are another group of compounds found in cannabis. They are known for their antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties. When working in tandem with cannabinoids and terpenes, flavonoids may boost the “entourage effect” even further.
As a medical marijuana doctor at Rapid Referrals, I have seen firsthand the benefits of the “entourage effect”. And although more research is needed, several recent studies have shown what many patients already know from personal experience, that whole plant extract or flower is superior to synthetic cannabinoids, like Marinol and Sativex, validating the argument that a holistic approach, using the full-spectrum cannabis flower, results in maximal therapeutic benefit when using marijuana for medical purposes.
Here at our clinic, we firmly believe that patient satisfaction is the most important factor in providing medical marijuana cards. That’s why we provide full technical support from start to finish and make it a priority to ensure each customer leaves satisfied! Additionally, because your time is valuable, if you’re experiencing any urgency with obtaining your card or accessing dispensaries just give us a call today -we’ve got you covered!
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