Much of the research on the entourage effect is focused on the human market. Growers and therapists want to know how to produce cannabis strains that vary in taste and effects.
Many dispensaries now offer a wide range of specially bred flowers, from super-strong cannabis that uses other cannabinoids to temper THC, to specially flavored strains that maximize citrus or peppery terpenes.
Dogs shouldn’t be taking oils containing lots of THC or strong flavors, so why should owners care about the entourage effect?
Beyond fine-tuning a human high, the entourage effect can be harnessed to give CBD products stronger and more holistic abilities – such as treating arthritis or anxiety.
Many owners who’ve tried CBD and found that their dog ‘just doesn’t respond’ are likely to have used products with isolated cannabinoids and a shallow range of secondary compounds.
While much about how cannabis compounds interact is still unclear, we know that oils with a full range of cannabinoids, flavonoids, and terpenes are more likely to work on a larger range of pups.