Why CBD Is Not Enough: The Entourage Effect

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Photo Credit: Whaxy

As the medical marijuana movement gains traction, many states want to enact laws that allow patients to reap the medical benefits of marijuana without allowing the possibility of getting stoned. These laws normally legalize High CBD or CBD-Only strains of marijuana, but isolating the cannabinoid does not always offer sufficient relief. This is because of something called the "entourage effect," in which a synergistic relationship occurs among the cannabinoids and terpenes found in the marijuana plant and enhances the therapeutic outcome. According to the National Institutes of Health, when cannabinoids and terpenes are allowed to work together, they can effectively treat "pain, inflammation, depression, anxiety, addiction, epilepsy, cancer, [and] fungal and bacterial infections."

Research shows CBD is effective in reducing seizures, but the Marijuana Policy Project (MPP) claims the percentage of medical marijuana patients who use the plant to treat seizure disorders is relatively low (only two percent in states like Rhode Island and Colorado). The group also reports, "the vast majority of [all medical marijuana] patients have symptoms that benefit from strains of marijuana that include more than trace amounts of THC." While some patients and children have benefited significantly from the use of CBD-only oils, there are many children and patients who would experience greater relief from the use of both CBD and THC in the treatment of their symptoms. 

Whaxy explains in further detail why CBD alone is not enough, and offers parental testimonies for children who found CBD-only treatments were unsuccessful. Read the full article here