Monthly Archives: November 2021

Entourage Effect: The Whole is Greater than the Sum of its Parts!

Just like two heads are better than one – the cannabinoids and terpene profiles of hemp work better together than they do on their own. 

As you may know, cannabinoids are the chemical compounds found in hemp, with the most popular and recognized being THC and CBD. Terpenes, on the other hand, are oils secreted by the same hemp plant glands that produce THC and CBD during the flowering process. Terpenes are responsible for giving Hemp its many different flavor profiles, aromas, scents, and tastes, while cannabinoids interact with the body to produce desired effects. The most powerful scents and effects are produced when terpenes and cannabinoids are combined – this is known as the entourage effect. 

The entourage effect allows for the combination of different cannabinoids to create a unique mixture depending upon the benefits the end user is seeking. Minor cannabinoids such as CBG, CBN, and CBC work synergistically to provide the ideal user experience which is why many seek full spectrum distillate products.

There is still much research to be conducted over the scientific functions of the entourage effect, but hemp consumers consistently report that even the slightest differences in cannabinoid and terpene mixtures create a different user experience. This suggests that each time a formula is created, unique properties are developed which vary depending on combination. 

The entourage effect is an excellent example as to why having an exquisite blend of cannabinoids and terpenes can sometimes be more effective than having the highest quality CBD or THC as an isolate. 

Shop our tinctures for the perfect blends to experience the entourage effect for yourself! 

How CBD is Extracted

Cannabinoids are extracted from the cannabis plant and are known to have a wide range of therapeutic effects. CBD is one of over one hundred cannabinoids that naturally occur in cannabis, and has properties that may offer valuable health benefits. 

Extracting CBD is not as simple as some may think. CBD oil is typically composed of a few quality ingredients, each one being tested and certified by a medical organization. Isolating CBD requires attention to detail and a high degree of scientific process. The only way to effectively make CBD oil is through multiple stages of extraction, chromatography, recrystallization, and filtering– before it is ultimately safe for human consumption. 

At Abundant Labs, we extract CBD through a series of operations, using our cutting edge technology in our State of the Art Facility. With a super-cryo ethanol extraction process such as ours, the initial step is adding ethanol to a large centrifuge with hemp biomass at very low temperatures. The hemp/ethanol mixture is spun and agitated, allowing the ethanol to dissolve and separate the desired cannabinoids from hemp material. After this preliminary step, the operation continues by purifying and isolating the desired products, removing any unwanted impurities.

At Abundant Labs, we also use a combination of falling film distillation, wiped film distillation, CBD isolation reactor, flash chromatography, and high performance liquid chromatography to ensure the highest quality CBD. Click here to learn more! 

We believe in the “Science of Quality” for all of our Hemp Derivatives. Our State of the Art Facility in North Carolina was developed to maintain consistency and ensure quality products that you can rely on.