In a recent review of studies by Brazilian researchers, it was found that epilepsy patients treated with CBD-rich whole-plant hemp extract saw significantly better effects than epilepsy patients treated solely with refined CBD, according to a Marijuana Moment report. Some sources currently call this whole-plant effect the “Entourage Effect” and it has been anecdotally reported on and speculated about for years.
The review found that CBD is an effective treatment for epileptic seizures. Two-thirds of patients in the 11-study review had fewer seizures with CBD treatment. The interesting part is that only 36 percent of patients treated with refined CBD saw improvements, while 71 percent of those treated with whole-plant hemp extracts saw a reduction in seizures. That difference is significant.
When using purified, isolated CBD as a treatment, not only are other major cannabinoids like Cannabinol (CBN) or Cannabigerol (CBG) missing, but also terpenes and other plant chemicals that are yet to be fully understood.
The only thing that’s certain after years of research is that whole-plant cannabis extracts are more effective as medicine than any single ingredient.