The Ensemble Effect, Not the Entourage Effect, Says Dr. Grinspoon

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When it comes to understanding how terpenes and cannabinoids interact with one another to provide therapeutic relief, most patients are familiar with the "entourage effect. In a time when legislation appears to favor isolating CBD from the other components of marijuana, it is important to fully understand the entourage effect, in which CBD, THC and phytocannabinoids, and terpenes work better together when relieving symptoms. Harvard professor Dr. Lester Grinspoon, however, thinks this interaction is improperly named, and that the entourage effect would better be described as a "therapeutic ensemble."

Dr. Grinspoon explains, "I think that the ensemble is a better idea than entourage, because the word 'entourage' implies on item moving in this direction - and it has company... and it is [the item] that is responsible for that activity, and the others just go along. That's entourage." He continues, "The word 'ensemble means that these are the three things that are required for the best therapeutic relief, but you can manipulate the percentage of two of them." At CannaBest Medical, we believe monitoring and tweaking the percentage of cannabinoids in your marijuana strain could make all the difference in discovering optimal relief. As medical marijuana testing advances in the industry, this process will only get easier. Please document the THC and CBD content of your medical marijuana dose daily in your journal, so that you can discover symptom relief and anonymously help others who are searching for the same thing!

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