The Science Behind Phytocannabinoid Oil
To understand why phytocannabinoids are getting so much attention, you must look at the endocannabinoid system.
The endocannabinoid system (ECS) is a common component of the mammalian central nervous system. If you’re a mammal, your body depends on cannabinoids for an astounding range of bodily functions – sleep, appetite, immune function, cognition, fertility — the list of applications is laboriously long. In general, the ESC keeps your biological processes in balance.
Phytocannabinoids are the flora kingdom’s version of endocannabinoids. While only two endocannabinoids have been discovered (2-arachidonoylglycerol [2-AG] and anandamide [AEA]), there are over 80 known plant-produced cannabinoids.
Phytocannabinoids effectively mimic 2-AG and AEA. That interchangeability, tied with the uniquely phyto cannabinoids, have long been thought to assist in overall wellness. Finally, science is catching up.
Matching the hype with the science
As we ease into a new era – and perspective – of the hemp plant, research into its many uses have become less restrictive, and increasingly insightful. One of the most exciting things about cannabinoid research is just as surprising as it is exciting.
Oxidative stress reduction
Free radicals are produced through the oxidation process in the body. While useful for liver function and the immune system, an imbalance can cause cell and mitochondrial damage, which causes fatigue, inflammation, and even acceleration of the aging process. Antioxidants absorb those free radicals, effectively maintaining a healthy balance.
Phytocannabinoids may allow blood vessels to dilate and relax, which can improve circulation. In 2014 a British study announced, “We have shown for the first time that 2-AG (one of the two endocannabinoids) causes vasorelaxation of human mesenteric arteries.” Clearly, more research is necessary before forming any conclusions; however, the similar and transferable properties of phytocannabinoids is promising.
There are still questions to be answered, but the future looks promising
While these studies – and many more – clearly seem to be pointing toward the overall ways people can use cannabinoid oil, there’s still a lot to consider before embarking on any general wellness plan. Along with consulting with your physician, plant genetics, purity, and processing should all be considered when choosing a phytocannabinoid oil.
SanSal Wellness has meticulously refined our entire process – from seed to human. If you’re considering introducing full-spectrum hemp oil into your wellness routine, our questions and answers will give you an inside look at what’s inside and behind our products.