Full Spectrum Plant Extract
And its relevance to the entourage effect explained
Full spectrum plant (whole plant)
Whole or 'full-spectrum' plant extracts are extracted from cannabis plants and typically contain substantially all of the different cannabinoids, flavonoids and terpenoids found in the original plant. Other medicinal cannabis options include synthetic medical cannabinoid products (which typically only include one or several cannabinoids) or isolates of individual cannabinoids produced from cannabis plants.
The 'entourage effect'
The ‘entourage effect’ proposes whole-plant cannabis extract made up of hundreds of cannabinoids, terpenes and flavonoids, can be more effective than isolated cannabinoids or terpenes used individually to treat various conditions. Investigations have shown whole-plant extracts (with single cannabinoid dominance) may be up to four times more effective than isolated single cannabinoids.1 Research is on-going into the synergistic potential of whole plant extract for a variety of conditions.
1. Russo, E and Guy, GW., ‘A tale of two cannabinoids: The therapeutic rationale for combining tetrahydrocannabinol and cannabidiol’, Medical Hypotheses, vol. 66, 2006, pp. 234-246.