What is “the entourage effect”?

CBD has become very popular over the last couple of years and while it is only one of

the 100+ compounds that have been identified in the Cannabis Sativa L plant, some

are still wary to administer it to their pets. Full Spectrum CBD oil, unlike CBD isolate

products, includes a wide range of cannabinoids present in the cannabis or hemp

plant. Depending on the condition and what you are looking to achieve, it can

provide a greater effect than CBD alone as all the cannabinoids work together in what

is known as the entourage effect, which essentially is the many different kinds of

cannabinoids working together for the optimal outcome.

Full spectrum CBD also contains a variety of essential vitamins, minerals, fatty acids,

protein, chlorophyll, terpenes, flavonoids, and fiber. When referring to CBD in the

hemp plant, it’s important to understand that hemp contains a large number of

cannabinoids (in trace amounts), but the main compound is cannabidiolic acid

(CBDa). As CBDa is more abundant in the hemp plant, firms must decarboxylate the

oil. This process heats the oil and changes CBDa into CBD.

CBD from cannabis is only legal in medical or recreational states, while CBD hemp

oil is legal in all 50 states under the 2014 US Farm Bill.

The synergistic relationship between cannabinoids and terpenes has been shown to

increase the healing properties of each.
While CBD only is somewhat effective, the whole plant extract not only provided

faster and better relief, but the effects also lasted longer. This is why an increasing

number of companies in the CBD industry are selling full spectrum CBD oil as a rule.
The entourage effect is the main reason behind the efficacy of whole plant extracts.

There are over 100 ‘identified’ compounds in the cannabis plant. While most of these

compounds have their own therapeutic benefit, they combine synergistically to

provide far better performance than any single compound alone, and that includes


Terpenes are chemicals that give the cannabis plant its unique scent. Even in tiny

amounts, terpenes work extremely well with cannabinoids to heal the body. Here are

some well-known terpenes:

Limonene: This stress reliever also helps boost your mood. It may also assist with

gastric issues.
Pinene: It could potentially improve your memory and boost alertness. It is also anti-

Linalool: This has a sedative effect and works to help patients with depression,

insomnia, and stress.

Caryophyllene: This terpene is an antioxidant and anti-inflammatory that helps

relieve the symptoms of pain. It is also useful against insomnia.

Humulene: This is another pain-relieving terpene which has antibacterial properties

and also works as an appetite suppressant.


CBD is not toxic for dogs, not habit forming and not psychoactive. Although CBD is

derived from the hemp plant, it is not marijuana and does not get your dog “high”

or “stoned”.  CBD does not interfere or interact negatively with any of your pet’s

ongoing medications or drugs. CBD possesses many healing properties and is safe to

use. Elderly or aging dogs or dramatically ill dogs benefit the most from the effects of CBD.


CBD and the Endocannabinoid System
It’s a proven fact that all mammals, people and pet’s alike, have an Endocannabinoid

System. That means that your dog can enjoy the same amazing healing properties of

CBD just as people do. The Endocannabinoid System is a huge network comprised of

many cannabinoid receptors located throughout the body. This crucial system is used

by the body to help maintain homeostasis.

CBD and Its Benefits for Dogs
Researchers have shown that CBD carries many potential health benefits. These

health benefits include; Reducing inflammation, helping with arthritis, improving

circulation, promoting bone growth, reducing stress levels and anxiety, reducing

nausea and stimulating the appetite, increasing cognitive functions, lowering blood

sugar levels, reducing seizures, inhibiting cancer cell growth, to name a few.

Is CBD Safe for Dogs?

Yes! CBD is most definitely safe for dogs, just as it is for humans. CBD is non-toxic

and non-psychoactive. There have been no reports of dogs overdosing on CBD.

Recent studies have revealed the potential side effects of CBD for dogs. Dry mouth

and drowsiness tend to be the most common, and I have experienced this firsthand

with my dog, Chachi. Aside from that, there are no serious or potentially

dangerous side effects associated with CBD use.


3 Replies to “What is “the entourage effect”?”

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  2. There’s a lot of information about cannabis these days.
    Some states are recreational use, some medical use for humans, some totally against it.
    I didn’t know the Farm Act allows pet owners to provide CBD to help their animal companions.
    As a proponent of Cannabis in everyform, every article like this helps all of us to understand the effects of and benefits of cannabis.
    The entourage effect makes most sense to me.
    I’m a cook and understand ‘the complete effect’ of ingredients and their combined effect.
    Thank you for this information.
    And best of all to Chachi.

    1. Mike, thank you for your comment, and it’s true, there is a lot of information out there right now about cannabis, and it can be hard to understand. I hope that my way of explaining things is helping people to see it in a way that is straightforward and makes sense as I know I often get confused with the influx of information.

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