An increasing number of people are adopting a holistic approach for dealing with their ailments instead of taking the conventional route of synthetic, chemical-based medicines. As a result, the discussion around phytocannabinoids and the cannabis plant is gaining momentum. Along with a lot of authentic, scientific research-based studies, a number of false claims have also been floating around. In this article, we will try to shed some light on phytocannabinoids and their potential impact on the human body while clearing up a few common misconceptions.
What are Phytocannabinoids?
Before going into the details regarding the importance of phytocannabinoids, let’s first try to understand what they really are.
‘Phyto’ means plant-derived. Phytocannabinoids are basically cannabinoids that occur naturally in the cannabis plant as opposed to synthetic cannabinoids that are manufactured artificially. Often, the terms phytocannabinoids and cannabinoids are used interchangeably.
The cannabis plant is composed of more than 480 chemical compounds including 66 cannabinoids. Delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol, better known as THC, is one of the most popular phytocannabinoids and is responsible for the psychoactive effects of the marijuana plant. Another popular phytocannabinoid is cannabidiol, more commonly referred to as CBD. The popularity of CBD has grown immensely over the years due to the rising awareness among people regarding its medicinal benefits. Cannabinol or CBN is also quite well-known among people.
Types of Phytocannabinoids
Although most people may only be aware of THC and CBD, there are about 113 different kinds of phytocannabinoids that are known at the moment. These phytocannabinoids are sub-divided into the following categories:
- Tetrahydrocannabinols (THC)
- Cannabidiols (CBD)
- Cannabichromene (CBC)
- Cannabigerol (CBG)
- Cannabinols (CBN)
- Cannabicyclol (CBL)
- Cannabivarin (CBV)
- Cannabitriol (CBT)
- Tetrahydrocannabivarin (THCV)
- Cannabinodiol (CBDL)
- Cannabigerol Monoethyl Ether (CBCGM)
- Cannabielsoin (CBE)
- Cannabichromevarin (CBCV)
- Cannabigerovarin (CBGV)
- Cannabidivarin (CBDV)
What can Phytocannabinoids do for you?
THC is a class of cannabinoids known for its psychoactive effects and is, therefore, quite effective in reducing the perception of pain by the brain. The other popular phytocannabinoid, CBD, does not have similar psychoactive properties. However, it is very well-known for controlling seizures in people suffering from diseases like epilepsy. CBN can help in overcoming nausea and inflammation. Other classes such as CBG and CBC also have benefits of their own. The research about the impact of phytocannabinoids in human beings is still in its nascent stages; however, what we do know, as of now, is quite promising.
Several phytocannabinoids have shown to have a positive impact on the sufferers of chronic pain. Some people even claim that CBD can fight off cancer and tumor cells. More research needs to be carried out in this regard. However, phytocannabinoids have the ability to reduce the intensity of pain in such patients.
Phytocannabinoids are quite popular among people suffering from chronic inflammation and diseases like arthritis, inflammatory bowel disease, Alzheimer’s and other autoimmune disorders. They are also known to slow down the neuronal cell and tissue damage.
One of the most well-established uses of phytocannabinoids is, perhaps, in treating the patients of epilepsy. Several studies have indicated that CBD from cannabis plants can considerably reduce the frequency of seizures in epileptic patients. CBD has also found its use in reducing psychotic symptoms and sleeping disorders in people suffering from Schizophrenia and Parkinson’s disease. Phytocannabinoids are also quite commonly used by people facing anxiety disorders and PTSD.
Although the benefits of Phytocannabinoids are shown in several studies, there’s still a long way to go before all of the potential benefits are established, and definite conclusions are drawn. When it comes to choosing a product containing phytocannabinoids for yourself, do not compromise on the quality of the product.
This article sheds light on Phytocannabinoids; however, at this time Ion Labs strictly only works with Hemp Extract with CBD distillate products currently. This article is just a reference point to describe the differences and present information on a popular topic of interest.