How to Experience the Entourage Effect Using Terpenes and Cannabinoids

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The Entourage Effect is an engaging, relaxing feeling that is prized by connoisseurs and enjoyed by thousands, even if they didn’t know this was the right label for their experience.

The Entourage Effect is the sweet spot between relaxed and tired, between energized and wired and between inspired and overrun with thought. Essentially, it's an experience of relief that does not dull the mind, fatigue the body or numb the senses.

To experience the Entourage Effect, all that’s required is a balanced ratio of active terpenes and cannabinoids, and the right delivery method for these compounds.

Below you'll learn more about the drivers of the Entourage Effect (Cannabinoids and Terpenes) and how to experience this feeling for yourself.


Cannabinoids are naturally occurring compounds found in a variety of plants (most famously Cannabis), that interact with your body’s endocannabinoid system.

Your endocannabinoid system is a series of chemical receptors throughout your body that absorb cannabinoids and release endocannabinoids (compounds similar to conabinoids created in your body). Both cannabinoids and endocannabinoids are vital for balancing your internal environment, and regulate complex processes such as: 

  • Cognition (learning, memory, sensory perception)

  • Emotion ( mood, motivation, stress)

  • Bodily Processes (sleep, metabolism, appetite/digestion)

Cannabinoids help bring your body and mind to a more centered state by balancing the systems that regulate your mental state, emotions and automatic bodily processes. Combined with the properties of terpenes, cannabinoids are the major driver of the Entourage Effect.


Terpenes are the beneficial compounds in essential oils and are found throughout the plant kingdom. You’ve actually come into contact terpenes and experienced their effects (however subtle) any time you sliced open a lemon or walked through a group of pine trees.

Terpene molecules are extremely volatile, meaning that they travel quickly through the air and are absorbed quickly by your endocannabinoid system, resulting their distinct smells and their pleasant effects in higher concentrations.

These are some of the most common terpenes that you will find in CBD products and their benefits:

  • Myrcene - Anti-Inflammatory, Muscle Relaxer

  • Linalool - Regulates Anxiety

  • Limonene - Controls Appetite, Antioxidant, Anti-Inflammatory

  • Alpha Bisabolol - Anti-Bacterial, Anti-Inflammatory

  • Borneol - Antiseptic, Regulates Pain, Regulates Sleep

  • Terpinol - Antioxidant

  • Caryophyllene - Regulates Stress, Depression and Anxiety

  • Alpha and Beta Pinene - Anti-Inflammatory

Now that you’re familiar with the benefits of cannabinoids and terpenes, it’s easier to see how they create an experience that’s greater than the sum of their parts: the Entourage Effect.  

Delivery Methods and Bioavailability

According to ongoing research, the most bioavailable delivery method of CBD is a low temperature vapor.

Low temperature vapor is especially effective when exhaled through the nose because this utilizes CBD receptors in the nasal passages that are closer to to higher concentrations of cannabinoid receptors in the brain and central nervous system.

Exhaling through the nose also stimulates the Olfactory System, which has complimentary effects to the Endocannabinoid System. 

Olfactory System

  • Decreases mood disturbances.

  • Stimulates memory/cognition.

  • Balances your nervous system.

Endocannabinoid System

  • Improves cognitive functions like learning, memory and sensory perception.

  • Balances emotional factors like mood, motivation and stress.

  • Regulates bodily processes like sleep, metabolism and digestion.

Through stimulating these systems simultaneously, the effects of the terpenes and cannabinoids are combined and amplified, providing feelings of uplifting relief known as the Entourage Effect.

Here are the top 3 reasons why vaping CBD with a high terpene concentration is the most effective way of experiencing the entourage effect:

  1. Terpenes are heat sensitive, and low temperature vaporization delivers these compounds without destroying them, causing them to enter your bloodstream and olfactory receptors more easily and efficiently.

  2. Vaping delivers a more concentrated and chemically activate dose of cannabinoids and terpenes directly to your olfactory and cannabinoid receptors near the blood brain barrier.

  3. Vaping a balanced range of terpenes and cannabinoids ensures that receptors in your endocannabinoid system aren’t saturated with a single compound (which stops absorption altogether), letting you process CBD and terpenes more effectively.

How to Experience the Entourage Effect

Now that you understand the science, you can be more attuned to the Entourage Effect when you encounter it and find CBD products more likely to give you this feeling.  

Once you have a CBD vape with the right ratio of cannabinoids and terpenes, here’s the most effective way of experiencing the Entourage Effect for yourself:

  1. Inhale CBD vapor into your mouth (like you’re puffing a cigar).

  2. Slowly exhale the vapor through your nose (so your olfactory receptors are stimulated along with your endocannabinoid system).

  3. Repeat 2 - 4 times in a minute and enjoy instant CBD relief.

Lumi provides easy access to the Entourage Effect with our Personal Diffusers and Strain-Specific Terpene Cartridges.

By formulating CBD with active terpenes and delivering these compounds with temperature controlled hardware, we provide everything you need to experience the Entourage Effect for yourself.

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