Members of The Avengers are perfectly capable of fighting crime and injustice individually, whether it’s by getting swole and green, blasting bad guys with lightning bolts or pinging them with exploding arrow tips. But when The Avengers assemble, they form a collective that’s much more powerful than one superhero acting alone.
This level of camaraderie could be called the “entourage effect.” It’s something that also exists within the cannabis plant. According to famed cannabis researcher Raphael Mechoulam who coined the term, his theory posits that while THC and CBD each have the potential to induce therapeutic effects, the greatest results will be experienced when both are interacting with the body’s endocannabinoid system (ECS).
With äkta’s new line of 1:1 CBD to THC gummies made with full-spectrum Live Rosin, the entourage benefits of cannabis never tasted so good. Here’s more on why the 1:1 ratio is so golden and what the entourage effect is all about.
Most of what you see on dispensary shelves has been produced to maximize the amount of THC, the cannabinoid responsible for producing euphoric and intoxicating effects. But for those seeking medicinal benefits in addition to recreational ones, you can’t beat the dynamic duo of THC and CBD, the latter of which has the ability to reduce inflammation and calm the mind, among other body-balancing effects.
Science on the entourage effect and the impact on the body’s ECS is still in its nascent stages, but there exists a nearly endless parade of anecdotal evidence lauding the THC-CBD pairing.
As researchers drill into the complex interplay of cannabis compounds in the body, what we do know is that each cannabinoid heightens the effects of the other. It’s believed that CBD slows the uptake of THC into the body, which could reduce the chance for sensitivities to THC consumption, such as anxiety and paranoia. Meanwhile, the THC enhances the therapeutic benefits of CBD when combined with a pleasant elevating effect in body and mind.
Cannabis products containing both THC and CBD come in a number of ratios—sometimes, equal amounts of each are present, while other times the amount of CBD as compared to THC is 2:1, 4:1, 10:1 or higher.
There are benefits to each of these ratios, but we believe our 1:1 gummies offer the chance to experience the most pronounced—yet balanced—positive effects. This can be great for daytime use to assist in getting into a creative flow, or for workout recovery, or at bedtime for a restful night.
An entourage of two is hardly an entourage at all, which is why we ensure that the entourage effect present in äkta’s 1:1 gummies is the result of a deep bench, thanks to our full-spectrum Live Rosin.
Studies have identified more than 100 different cannabinoids in the flower and roughly 540 other compounds such as terpenes and flavonoids. At akta, we believe that the best way to enjoy cannabis is in the purest way possible, so we utilize a traditional hash-making process that captures the full spectrum of beneficial cannabis compounds on the way to creating solventless Live Rosin.
Starting with only the freshest cannabis buds, we use an ice-water bath to separate the plant trichomes that contain the cannabinoids and terpenes, and collect them as condensed hash. We then gently heat and press the hash until it becomes golden and ready to vape or add to a gummy.
We eschew the use of solvents, which are often noxious petrochemicals that isolate the THC cannabinoid but decimate anything else. The result is small-batch, strain-specific Live Rosin that has the full spectrum of cannabinoids.