While searching for more information on CBD, you might have come across the term “phytocannabinoid hemp oil.” In this post, we will discuss phytocannabinoid hemp oil and how it differs from CBD oil. Further, we will discuss some of its benefits to our health.
What is Phytocannabinoid Hemp Oil?
Phytocannabinoid hemp oil is known to comprise all beneficial ingredients of the hemp plant, i.e., around 100+ naturally occurring compounds (essential nutrients, vitamins, minerals, and cannabinoids such as CBD).
What is a Cannabinoid?
Before starting with phytocannabinoids, it is vital to get detailed information on cannabinoids. Cannabinoids are chemical substances with the capability to bind receptors in the endocannabinoid system. These are mostly generated from plants, but in some cases, they also naturally occur in the human body (endocannabinoids).
Now, what is the endocannabinoid system, and what is its role in our body? There is no specific answer to this query but as per the research, the endocannabinoid system plays a key role in regulating our body functions. They help the body perform smoothly and make efforts to maintain “homeostasis,” or an overall state of balance. If the cannabinoids are not present in the body for binding with receptors, the body fails to maintain a balance.
The plant-derived cannabinoids taken in the form of CBD oils help increase the body’s naturally occurring cannabinoids to support the endocannabinoid system and improve health.
How Phytocannabinoids is different from Other Cannabinoids?
While all cannabinoids interact with the endocannabinoid system, not all cannabinoids come from the same place. Phytocannabinoids are the naturally-occurring cannabinoids found in cannabis plants like hemp as opposed to synthetic cannabinoids manufactured artificially and endocannabinoids, which are the cannabinoids naturally produced in the bodies of all mammals, including humans and most pets.
Is CBD a Phytocannabinoid?
Yes — CBD (short for cannabidiol) is a cannabinoid found in the cannabis sativa plant. Since it’s derived from a plant, it is classified as a phytocannabinoid. CBD is one of the most prevalent phytocannabinoids in cannabis, composing up to 40% of the plant’s extract. In industrial hemp, which can be selectively bred to contain high concentrations of CBD (and only 0.3% THC on a dry weight basis, per the 2018 Farm Bill), CBD content can be much greater. CBD does not naturally occur in humans.
Phytocannabinoid hemp oil contains all the essential, beneficial, properties of the hemp plant -over 100+ naturally occurring compounds – including essential nutrients, vitamins, minerals, and (of course) cannabinoids.
Difference Between CBD Oil and Phytocannabinoid Hemp Oil?
First, it’s important to explain that CBD oil and phytocannabinoid hemp oil are terms that are often used interchangeably because in most cases they refer to the same thing: CBD hemp oil extracted from the hemp plant. Most of the time, CBD oil is simply a more common way to describe phytocannabinoid hemp oil.
The term “phytocannabinoid hemp oil” is another way to describe full-spectrum hemp oil that contains CBD and the plant’s other naturally occurring trace cannabinoids, as well as chlorophyll, terpenes, flavonoids, vitamins and minerals, fatty acids, and more.
With that said, “CBD oil” is sometimes used to refer to a hemp oil made with CBD isolate, rather than full-spectrum hemp oil. This type of CBD oil is not phytocannabinoid hemp oil because it combines another type of oil with pure CBD only, without the other hemp-derived compounds and nutrients.
It’s the presence of the entire full-spectrum of naturally occurring hemp compounds in the resulting oil that marks the difference between CBD oil and phytocannabinoid hemp oil.
The term phytocannabinoid isn’t new, per se, just more commonly used as more CBD oils hit the market.
Is CBD Isolate Phytocannabinoid Hemp Oil?
No — not entirely. CBD is just one phytocannabinoid of the hemp plant. Like THC, it’s received plenty of media attention as its benefits and the stories of the people that it helps spread throughout the community. However, it’s commonly accepted among the hemp oil community that phytocannabinoid hemp oil means full spectrum (with the over 100+ compounds that we have discovered to date).
Compounds like cannabigerol (CBG) and cannabichromene (CBC) may not yet have the same media attention; however, there is emerging research and evidence pointing to these newly identified cannabinoids that show they may be even more beneficial than CBD or THC by themselves. The entourage effect, when multiple cannabinoids interact with one another to produce effects, gives the body many more benefits than any one cannabinoid alone. CBD oils that are made only from isolated cannabinoids give just a select few benefits as opposed to a group of benefits from this “entourage” of cannabinoids.
Benefits of Phytocannabinoid Hemp Oil
We cover the benefits of phytocannabinoid hemp oil in our various articles that are posted inside our blog. Many of our customers report a sense of improved health and well-being, mentally and physically, when consuming hemp oil on a daily, recurring, basis. Like all good habits, they help you more in time as you stick to them.
Can Phytocannabinoids Make You Fail a Drug Test?
The answer depends on the phytocannabinoid in question, as both CBD and THC interact with the body differently and vary in their effects.
CBD has shown to not be psychoactive nor addictive. As such, CBD is not tested for on most drug tests.
Most drug tests screening for cannabis use look for THC, or its main metabolite THC-COOH. THC is not only psychoactive when consumed in high amounts, but it can also cause you to fail a drug test if its presence is still detectable in your body’s systems.
Since phytocannabinoid hemp oil contains no more than trace amounts of THC, in most cases it will not cause a positive drug test when it is consumed at suggested servings.
That said, in rare cases, hemp products have caused positive drug tests. If you are going to be taking a drug test, consult your doctor, employer, or drug test provider to learn how your test may respond to phytocannabinoid hemp oil and CBD.