When I got a medical marijuana card a few years ago, I had never heard of the Entourage Effect before.
I always assumed that the effects in marijuana came from THC and only THC.
In reality there are over 150 different cannabinoids that have been isolated and studied by scientists. These compounds all have a synergistic effect on one another, meaning that the effect from having them all together is much more pronounced than any one of them by themselves. In other words, THC by itself will never be as strong as THC combined with CBN, CBG, and terpenes like myrcene, limonene, and pinene. Since these cannabinoids are also present in hemp varieties of cannabis, that means they can be legally extracted outside of delta-9-THC, the only federally prohibited cannabinoid. CBD is already famous for its pain reducing effects, but CBG is gaining in popularity every year for being an anti-inflammatory agent and antidepressant. CBN is the oldest studied cannabinoid but it’s hard to extract as it usually only shows up in aging cannabis that is breaking down over long periods of time. CBN has been shown to increase the potency of THC when the two are taken together in the right quantities. As CBN extraction improves, more companies will offer bulk and wholesale prices on CBN isolates and distillates. Like CBD and CBG, CBN is poised to become a popular cannabinoid in the alternative medicine industry. Its known medicinal benefits already show a tremendous amount of promise. The trick is finding out when to extract it from the plant after a certain amount of time elapses after the cutting is harvested. Older cannabis naturally has more CBN in it than fresh cannabis.