What are Phytocannabinoids?

You may have heard the term “phytocannabinoids” before and wondered what in the world it meant (it’s kind of a mouthful). 

However, you’ve probably heard of THC and CBD (tetrahydrocannabinol and cannabidiol) which are both classified as phytocannabinoids. So exactly what are phytocannabinoids, and why do they matter? 

Keep reading to learn about phytocannabinoids and their importance for overall health and wellness!

What are Phytocannabinoids?

Even though we’ve been reaping the many benefits of cannabis/hemp for thousands of years, it’s only been within the past few decades that we really began to understand the intricacies of this complex plant.

In the 1960’s, an Israeli scientist identified THC as the component in cannabis that gives you the “high”- sparking research into cannabis’ many other compounds. As with any new scientific discovery, this increased knowledge led to an increased vocabulary. 

While THC, CBD (and other lesser-known compounds) were initially known as cannabinoids, the prefix phyto– Greek for “plant”- was tacked onto the beginning of the word, indicating that this substance comes from the resin of actual cannabis flowers. 

This also serves to distinguish phytocannabinoids from endocannabinoids- which are compounds that are produced naturally by the human body and have similar effects. You may hear the term cannabinoids used more frequently than phytocannabinoids, though they have the same meaning.

For more information on CBD and our endocannabinoid system, read this article!

Different Types of Phytocannabinoids?

In addition to the uber-popular compounds THC and CBD, researchers have identified more than 100 other kinds of phytocannabinoids. And even though these other phytocannabinoids exist in much smaller amounts, their effects may be greater than the sum of their parts. 

This is why the Rosebud team believes so wholeheartedly in the benefits of full-spectrum CBD oil; all of the cannabinoids present work in unison for the betterment of the whole. 

*A Helpful Tip: If you see “Full Spectrum” on the label of your CBD, make sure to check out the company’s lab reports. Although the industry has not yet regulated the terms, a full spectrum CBD oil will most likely have less than 0.3% THC in the formula.*

There are two types of cannabinoids: psychoactive and non-psychoactive. Psychoactive cannabinoids (like THC) produce the “high” feeling. Non-psychoactive cannabinoids (like CBD) do not get users high. But even though there are some differences, both types of cannabinoids offer a wide array of health benefits. 

What Are the Benefits of Phytocannabinoids?

Research has shown that phytocannabinoids can:

The Bottom Line:

Even though there is still so much that we can learn about the benefits of phytocannabinoids, we know that the proof is in the pudding. Phytocannabinoids have been proven to support whole-body health, making them an absolute must-have for your wellness toolkit. 

For more information on all-things CBD, head over to our New to CBD page or any of the other articles on The Bloom for the latest and greatest in the CBD space.

And as always, if you have any questions about Rosebud CBD, don’t hesitate to reach out at hello@rosebudcbd.com and we’ll try our best to help.


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