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The Entourage Effect

There are a few different types of CBD commonly found in CBD products: full-spectrum CBD, broad-spectrum CBD, and CBD isolate. Our protein bars contain full-spectrum CBD for one specific reason: the Entourage Effect.
Not quite sure what that means? Don’t worry, most people don’t. Read on for the lowdown on full-spectrum CBD followed by a deeper dive into the Entourage Effect.

What is full-spectrum CBD?

The defining characteristic of full-spectrum CBD is that it makes use of all parts of the cannabis plant. That means it includes cannabidiol (CBD), along with other organic compounds called terpenes and flavonoids, and a very small amount (<0.3%) of THC. In contrast, CBD isolate contains only the CBD itself without any of the other cannabinoids.

Why full-spectrum CBD?

We use full-spectrum CBD in our protein bars for a reason. Evidence from a number of studies suggests that it has a larger effect on your body and well-being than CBD isolate because of the interaction of the various parts of the cannabis plant together. This is known as the Entourage Effect.

What is the Entourage Effect?

The Entourage Effect mentioned above is the theory that all parts of the cannabis plant work together to produce a stronger effect than any of the parts taken on their own. When you have the whole entourage of cannabinoids in your product (aka all parts of the cannabis plant) the effect is stronger than when you just have CBD isolate. This stronger effect is due to the interaction between the phytocannabinoids and the terpenes that are present in full-spectrum CBD.

What support is there for the Entourage Effect?

It’s not just a theory, but supported by research and science.

Support for the Entourage Effect can be found in research published in 2001 called “Cannabis and Cannabis Extracts: Greater Than the Sum of Their Parts.” In their research, John McPartland and Ethan Russo found evidence to support that extracts rich in both cannabinoids and terpenes had a stronger effect on clinical applications of CBD.

Additionally, in a 2011 review of studies in the British Journal of Pharmacology, researchers found that taking phytocannabinoids and terpenes together may provide a range of benefits, from decreasing pain, anxiety, and inflammation to even treating fungal infections.

So while there is always more research to be done, there is a body of existing studies to support the Entourage Effect.
Now that you have a bit more of an understanding about full-spectrum CBD and the Entourage Effect, we hope you can see why we choose to always use full-spectrum CBD in our protein bars. We are committed to providing the highest quality products with the best ingredients to help all athletes elevate their performance and their recovery, and full-spectrum CBD is a big part of that.

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