Our bodies are made to digest and break down plant materials. Our bodies know what to do with all of the components of a bite of orange, or apple, or a the leaves of green tea. In all of these bites of plants - there are carbohydrates, proteins, essential fatty acids, sugars - all with compounds and components that our body then digests and uses to maintain our health and well-being.
Take out just ONE component of that bite of orange - for example, isolating the compound Vitamin C - and you will still have a potentially beneficial product that your body can recognize, but that bite of Vitamin C will digest and metabolize differently than the bite of an orange, which will include more compounds that are naturally occurring, and arguably there inside of the plant for a reason.
The “entourage effect” with a CBD product is what happens when a whole-plant oil’s compounds are more readily made available (or are more bioavailable) for your body to be able to absorb and utilize the cannabinoids present in the product. Minute and trace amounts of all compounds in a whole plant profile - including other cannabinoids (phytocannabinoids), terpenes and phenols - affect how CBD works inside of one’s body. The CBD in the oil is good for you, but may work with the terpenes, to create the most therapeutic effect.
When you are searching for a product, be sure and know exactly what you are getting. Many companies advertise CBD isolates that they claim to be the “most potent form of CBD” - this is CBD that has went through a process to remove all other cannabinoids and terpenes. The whole-plant synergy of the product is questionable, since the terpenes are an inherent part of the plant. Taking an essential oil of a plant depends on the other small molecular compounds that perform beneficial functions inside of one’s body. At That’s Natural, we believe in whole-plant medicine and the entourage effect to be the most holistic form of healing.
When we say “Full-Plant” or “Full-Spectrum Hemp Oil” - we are talking about an essential oil from the plant - that has both cannabinoids and terpenes - to ensure that we are giving our customers a product that will have the “Entourage Effect”.
What is most exciting about the research and applications of cannabinoids is how they directly effect humans through their Endocannabinoid System.
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