So, what are all these cannabis plant components? There are actually a lot of them--we're talking more than 400 different organic compounds!

To name a few of the main players in the entourage, terpenes are the aromatic essential oils found in plants (there are about 200 in cannabis), which have a variety of properties from anti-inflammatory to antibacterial, and flavonoids give plants their color (there are about 20 in cannabis) and have antioxidant properties.

The most important compounds are the cannabinoids: specifically CBDa, which usually comes from hemp; and its cousin THC, which usually comes from marijuana.

 The big difference between the two is that, unlike THC, CBD will not get you high. Bottom line is that cannabinoids are king...

They interact with our body by latching on to receptors across our endocannabinoid system, which helps regulate appetite, sleep, pain, mood, and other processes that enable us to function smoothly from day to day.

As you probably know by now, CBD's nonpsychoactive stress and pain relieving benefits have practically made it the new normal in wellness routines these days. But to really shine and do its job to its full potential, CBD needs support from the entourage--terpenes, flavonoids, fatty acids, and other components.

Without them, there would be no entourage effect. 

And the thing is, not all CBD products will give you that optimal entourage effect. In general, there are three major types of CBD products...

  • CBD isolate: A product that's stripped of all the plant matter except the CBD. No entourage effect here.
  • Full-spectrum CBD: A product that contains all the natural components in hemp, like terpenes, flavonoids, fatty acids, and other cannabinoids in addition to CBD, including a trace amount (0.3%) of THC that is found in hemp. Entourage effect? Absolutely.
  • Broad-spectrum CBD: A product that contains everything full-spectrum CBD has, minus the THC (which is especially important if you don't want any traces of the psychoactive compound in your body). Entourage effect? Still a yes.