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Alana Rossi
August 19, 2023

Phytol is an aromatic, grassy terpene naturally found in cannabis as well as other plants. It contributes an herbal, green scent reminiscent of fresh cut grass. Phytol is formed as a part of chlorophyll, so plants containing chlorophyll also contain phytol. Beyond cannabis, phytol is used commercially to manufacture synthetic forms of vitamin E and vitamin K1. It also occurs naturally in green tea, spinach, broccoli, and other dark green vegetables. Phytol is sometimes used as a food additive for flavoring purposes. Early research indicates it may offer therapeutic benefits like reducing inflammation, anxiety, and seizures, but more studies are needed specifically looking at phytol's effects within the complex chemical profile of cannabis.

Little research exists on phytol specifically in cannabis. However the earthy, verdant aroma of phytol is thought to cultivate calming, relaxing effects. Seeking out strains with phytol may benefit consumers looking for a grounded experience both physically and mentally. Its associations with greens and nature seem fitting for an anxiety-reducing terpene blend. However, definitive effects require clinical research. For now, phytol remains an understudied part of the cannabis plant's overall entourage effect.

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