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Synergistic Medicine- That CBD isolate isn’t going to cut it.

By: Andrea Harris, CEO of Hippie Hounds. 

Cannabis medicine is synergistic medicine, meaning it’s more effective when it interacts with multiple cannabinoids, terpenoids, and flavanoids. All of these are already found within the cannabis plant, it’s just up to us to formulate our products with those portions of the medicine intact. 

Cannabinoid: Lipid based, retrograde neurotransmitter. Can be both endogenous (from inside the body) or exogenous (from outside the body)

Terpenoid: any of a large group of volatile unsaturated hydrocarbons found in the essential oils of plants. Terpenes are associated with smells. 

Flavanoid: Flavonoids are phytochemical compounds present in many plants, fruits, vegetables, and leaves, with potential applications in medicinal chemistry. Flavanoids are associated with taste or “Flavor.”

For cannabis to be the most effective- it requires all of these parts. Having one cannabinoid, such as just CBD, is similar to only eating the green beans at dinner. It’s going to be nice to eat, but it definitely won’t fill you up. You need protein, carbs, etc. 

A term for this is called the Entourage Effect. The Entourage Effect means the sum is greater than the parts. 

Another great example I like to use is:

Imagine you’re entering a sled-dog team race. You’re preparing for the race and you strap in one dog, his name is CBD. CBD is so excited to race, but you look around and notice that the other sled dog teams have 8-12 dogs each. Your little dog, CBD, could give it all he’s got! Yet, there’s no way that we can win with just one dog. So imagine if you still have CBD on your team, but you also strap in other dogs, like: CBG, CBN, CBC, Myrcene, Limonene, and more. 

Now, with all 12 dogs strapped in, don’t you have a better chance of winning the race?

Absolutely. Cannabis medicine works the same way. Having multiple cannabinoids (like CBC, CBG, CBN, etc.) makes a more effective medicine. 

The CBD/hemp space is a completely unregulated market. The lack of regulation means that companies are not held to a unified standard, or held accountable, by any governing body. The lack of regulation means that products are being released that don’t have the same amount of CBD that is listed on their label, may contain little to no cannabinoids, may contain pesticides, heavy metals, mycotoxins, and more. All hemp is not created equal, in fact- that's why I formulated Hippie Hounds products to begin with. So that pet parents could have the best cannabis available for their furry best friend.

In a space completely unregulated you must have products that you can trust to maintain that quality control themselves. If you’re looking for a safe, natural, tested, dependable hemp product- give Hippie Hounds a try and you will not be disappointed! We adhere to our own strict regulations involving batch testing, 3rd party testing, materials sourcing, processes, and more. 

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