Phytocannabinoid Oil: An Inside Look
Where phytocannabinoids come from and what makes phytocannabinoid products different
Cannabis is a remarkable genre of flora. Despite recent – albeit waning – broad-stroke wars against the plant, the many uses of cannabinoids have been known since at least 500 B.C.
What makes cannabis so significant are the approximately 90 different compounds it produces. Collectively, these are known as phytocannabinoids. “Phyto” means “plant.” A wide range of animals – including humans – also produce cannabinoids that are called endogenous cannabinoids.
In our bodies, the endocannabinoid system is responsible for regulating an impressive concert of functions such as appetite, fertility, mood, and pain sensation. They’re also thought to be responsible for the rush that is experienced after vigorous exercise.
Full-spectrum vs. purified
A “purified” oil contains an isolated compound, usually just one of the 90 cannabinoids found in cannabis. “Full-spectrum” phytocannabinoid oils contain all the compounds manufactured by the plant.
Different strains of cannabis produce different spectrums of compounds. The compounds in a full-spectrum oil vary based on the genetics of the plants from which it’s derived. For example, hemp doesn’t contain notable amounts of the psychotropic, Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC); therefore, hemp oils aren’t intoxicating.
Benefits of full-spectrum phytocannabinoid oil
Studies have revealed that the therapeutic properties of individual cannabinoids weren’t as effective without their sibling compounds. This suggests a synergistic interaction between the phytocannabinoids, making full-spectrum oils more productive.
Until the FDA weighs in on phytocannabinoids, manufacturers and retailers are limited in their claims. While this might seem frustrating, scientific rigor will help pinpoint the effects of specific compounds and combinations – and even lead to new discoveries.
Some of the therapeutic attributes the FDA might investigate include:
- Antidepressant. An imbalance of endogenous cannabinoids can lead to depression. However, phytocannabinoids might have a broader use.
- Analgesic. While the pain fighting properties of cannabis are widely accepted by the populous, the medical community is still exploring – with supportive results. A 2013 article published by the National Center for Biotechnology Information concluded that cannabinoids “have shown efficacy (success) in different categories of chronic pain conditions.”
- Migraine headache relief. While we don’t always understand the causes of migraines, we might be en route to better mitigation. A University of Colorado study concluded that: “Prospective studies should be conducted to explore a cause-and-effect relationship and the use of different strains, formulations, and doses of marijuana to better understand the effects of medical marijuana on migraine headache treatment and prophylaxis.”
The significance of agricultural expertise
If you’ve ever tried growing veggies, you might have noticed a difference between your crop and what’s available at the local farmer’s market. Exploiting a plant’s genetics is a carefully refined practice.
Optimized phytocannabinoid oil is the result of the perfect balance between nature and nurture. At SanSal Wellness, we enlist the help of agricultural scientists to ensure our products are effective and environmentally conscious.