When talking about the hemp plant, we tend to focus mainly on one single compound: cannabidiol (CBD). CBD is a phenomenal compound in terms of the diverse array of properties it offers to the human body. It’s one of hundreds of individual compounds found in the flowering buds of the female hemp plant. No only that, but far from the only compound that we should consider incorporating into our routines.
We will cover the unique variety of compounds found in these fascinating buds, and how they can work together harmoniously through synergy to offer the most balanced and effective hemp experience possible.
Did you know that CBD is just one of around 100 cannabinoids in hemp? It’s also the most prominent one, making up around 15 to 20% of the entire plant. There is more CBD than any other compound in hemp, and so it’s easy to derive this compound from the raw plant material to make extracts, and for research purposes.
Cannabinoids like CBD all work with the body’s endocannabinoid system, which makes them unique. They do this by binding to individual cannabinoid receptors throughout the body, with each one regulating a specific process that the body carries out. This can pertain to anything including mood, sleep cycle, pain tolerance, inflammation, digestive function…the list goes on.
Other notable cannabinoids in hemp include:
- Cannabinol (CBN) – Commonly used at bedtime.
- Cannabigerol (CBG) – Associated with anti-inflammatory properties.
- Cannabichromene (CBC) – Still being researched for its potential in the medical community.
- Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) – Chemical responsible for most of marijuana’s psychological effects. However, it is so low in the hemp plant that it’s non-psychoactive. Can also add to the generally useful effects of the hemp plant.
Terpenes are compounds that are found in the essential oils of all plants. These compounds give each plant its unique flavor and aroma profile. They are also rich in properties that can be useful to us. Many terpenes have antibacterial, antifungal, and anti-inflammatory properties. Some can even make us feel calmer, while others might elevate our mood.
There are hundreds of terpenes in the hemp plant, and each strain of hemp has a unique terpene configuration. Examples of popular terpenes in hemp include:
- Myrcene – Offers calming effects.
- Limonene – Could be uplifting.
- Eucalyptol – May offer some level of pain relief.
Hemp is also naturally rich in an abundance of essential nutrients, known as phytonutrients, meaning, “nutrients from plants”. These nutrients include essential fatty acids, vitamins, and amino acids.
Note: These nutrients are likely only useful to the body when a hemp product is consumed orally.
The Entourage Effect
Something fascinating happens when we consume all of the naturally occurring cannabinoids, terpenes, and phytonutrients in hemp simultaneously. It’s called the entourage effect. All of these compounds share a synergistic relationship with one another, meaning that taking these compounds in combination with one another can amplify the effects of each, while promoting a uniquely bioavailable and balanced experience. Therefore, not only do you get the useful properties of each individual compound, but you get a more notable experience than you would with each compound individually.
Experiencing All of These Compounds at Once for Maximum Synergy
So, how does someone actually experience hemp synergy in action? Well, it’s easy.
Full or Broad Spectrum
Opt for a hemp product made with full spectrum or broad spectrum hemp extract. Full spectrum hemp extract contains every naturally occurring compound in hemp, including cannabinoids, terpenes, and nutrients. It also contains the trace amount of THC found in the hemp plant, and promotes the true entourage effect.
We do recognize that some individuals simply don’t want to take any level of Tetrahydrocannabinol, even though the amount in full spectrum hemp is legal and non-intoxicating. Some people have personal or professional reasons for avoiding THC altogether, and those individuals can opt for broad spectrum hemp extract. This is a type of hemp extract that contains every single compound except for THC. While you won’t be getting the true entourage effect, you’ll still be experiencing synergistic modulation through the presence of almost every compound in the plant.
Almost every type of hemp-based product on the market can be found in broad and full spectrum formulations, meaning that the formula contains a full or broad spectrum hemp extract. Essentially, whether you want gummies, tinctures, vapes, capsules, or any other delivery method as part of your daily routine, you can find a formula that contains a multitude of hemp compounds for maximum synergy.
Keep a Steady Routine
Also, maintaining a consistent routine can maximize these results further. It seems that when we take CBD products on a daily basis, the body is more efficient at using cannabinoids to their fullest potential, in order to regulate processes throughout the body to create a sense of inner balance. This means that for maximum results, consider taking the same dose of your hemp product daily.
Milligram Strength Does Matter
Remember, milligram strengths can differ between products, so choose a milligram strength that’s high enough to give you ample doses of these compounds rather than going for the lowest strength on the market.
CBD All on Its Own Can Be a Gamechanger for Anyone’s Daily Routine
Enough evidence has shown us that you can really take your regimen to a whole new level by incorporating a multitude of cannabinoids, terpenes, and phytonutrients from the hemp plant into your life. So, once again, consider sticking with a full or broad spectrum CBD product to experience the synergistic power of the hemp plant.