Terpene Isolates 101: Phytol
Updated: Feb 21, 2020
If you're just getting started with terpenes, odds are you're wondering how each isolate can be used. Terpene isolates can be used in hemp, CBD, and cannabis products as well as concentrates, vapes, and even in foods, beverages, and aromatherapy infusions. This week, we're diving deeper into the earthy terpene isolate, Phytol - known best for its anti-inflammatory effects and light floral scent.
Phytol Isolate Terpenes
Phytol is a less-common terpene found in seaweed, basil, and cannabis. It has a pleasant floral aroma though it can also take on a citrusy aroma or a scent similar to Green Tea. It can be found in higher concentrations in beef products as well as fish oils since these animals eat a diet rich in plants that contain Phytol.
Terpenes are found in all plants, though some terpenes like Phytol are produced naturally by certain insects. Many insects produce phytol to protect themselves from larger insect predators. To keep bugs at bay, many greenhouses utilize Phytol terpenes as an organic miticide, pesticide, and fungicide.
Phytol is a diterpene made when chlorophyll breaks down. It's the precursor to Vitamin E and Vitamin K, and makes its way into many multivitamin supplements as a byproduct of chlorophyll and tocopherol. It offers a variety of health benefits as well as many practical external applications.
However, Phytol isn't perfectly safe for everyone. If you have Refsum Disease, a genetic defect of the nervous system, Phytol can accumulate in blood and body tissues due to defective degradation. Luckily, this disease is rare and the majority of people consume Phytol terpenes through their diets on a daily basis.
Benefits of Phytol Isolate Terpenes
There are several benefits associated with Phytol terpenes. Most terpenes are antibacterial, antifungal, and anti-inflammatory in nature and Phytol is no exception. In fact, it can stop the growth of staphylococcus bacteria and prevent parasites. However, Phytol has many other significant benefits.
Phytol can help control lipid absorption and abnormalities in common diseases like diabetes and obesity. It can also block pain receptors without affecting the mental state in any way, according to this study.
Anecdotal evidence suggests that Phytol terpenes can also help promote relaxation and reduce the feelings of anxiety, similar to green tea.
Natural Sources of Phytol Isolate Terpenes
Phytol is present in tons of different plant species, including green tea, tarragon, basil, and mint. Strains high in Phytol content include Sour Diesel, OG Cheese, I-95, and Blue Cheese, among several others.
TLDR; Phytol Benefits
- Reduces pain
- Reduces muscle spasms
- Reduces seizures
- Sedative and relaxing mental effects
- Alleviates itching
- Kills certain types of cancer cells
- Fights parasites
- May prevent birth defects caused by Vitamin A
Common Uses for Phytol Isolate
Whether through your favorite herbs and spices or through a diffuser, Phytol smells and tastes great and works wonders within your body.
Phytol terpenes can be safely added to all sorts of products to encourage sedation and reduced feelings of anxiety. It can safely be eaten, drank, infused, and inhaled with a little bit of mixing. It can also be used to improve cannabis products like vapes and concentrates that may have lost cannabinoid potency or terpene content during extraction.
Add Phytol Terpenes to foods and beverages to enjoy the anti-inflammatory properties within the whole body. A few extra drops in a cup of green tea tastes fresh and herbal and can help you start your day with a boost of benefits that nourish the entire body.
Add Phytol terpenes to essential oil diffusers and aromatherapy infusions to enjoy an herbal, citrusy and floral smell that reduces anxiety and pain.
Add Phytol terpenes to concentrates and hemp oils made from strains with higher Phytol content like Chiesel, Gorilla Glue #4, Cannatonic, and Sour Tangie.
Phytol can make them smell and taste better and boost the potency of THC/CBD effects.
Just keep in mind that not all terpenes are created equal. Different terpenes will always have different effects, but they're not all made the same. We know you have a choice when it comes to terpene providers, but no other choice comes close to our level of quality.
At Peak Supply Co, our Phytol terpene isolates are extracted from all-natural food-grade fruit, flower, and nut oils in our state-of-the-art facility. With our proprietary extraction and refinement method, we remove plant materials and any leftover impurities, leaving behind the purest terpene isolates on the market. Best of all, we even offer sample packs so you can try them all.