Phytol: Unlocking the therapeutic benefits of this cannabis terpene

Phytol is a terpene with impressive therapeutic benefits. This terpene is found in several strains of cannabis and popular beverages and can help to reduce inflammation and relieve anxiety. 

Even though phytol is one of the lesser-known terpenes, you might be more familiar with pinenelinalool, or limonene, it still deserves a mention in our cannabis terpenes series

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What are terpenes?

Terpenes are natural compounds that play a crucial role in the aroma and flavour of a cannabis strain, which explains why some variations smell earthy whilst others smell citrusy. 

These compounds also play a significant role in the therapeutic effects of cannabis and have garnered attention for their role in the “entourage effect,” which enhances cannabis’ physiological benefits in comparison to isolated cannabinoids, such as THC and CBD. 

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Where is phytol found?

Alongside cannabis, phytol can be found in green tea plants, parsnips, white cabbage and raspberries and can be extracted from the chlorophyll of green plants.

When extracted from its original plant source, phytol is used by manufacturers to develop synthetic vitamins like Vitamin E.

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What does phytol smell like?

Known for its grassy aroma, this terpene smells like green tea with some floral and citrus notes. 

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What conditions can phytol-abundant strains support with? 

Evidence suggests this terpene can be used therapeutically to reduce inflammation, with one study revealing that phytol obtained from hemp seed oil (HSO) produced anti-inflammatory activity in human monocyte-macrophages (white blood cells). 

In addition, this terpene has analgesic properties which suggests it is a good option for pain relief. A study also revealed the potential of phytol to relieve anxiety, as it has the ability to produce sedative and anxiolytic-like effects.

How should I vape cannabis with high levels of phytol? 

To harness phytol’s antioxidant abilities, set your vape temperature to 204°C/399°F.

Where can I access medical cannabis?

Mamedica is a private clinic with a linked pharmacy that specialises in cannabis-based prescriptions (from oil to cannabis flower) for patients who have not found satisfactory results for their conditions with their existing treatments across pain, psychiatry, neurology, palliative care and cancer-related pain. 

To check your eligibility for medical cannabis, click here