Phytol is an acyclic diterpene alcohol that contains a grassy type of odor. It is a terpene that is used in the synthesis of vitamins K and E. You will find phytol in green tea and it has some slightly sedative effects. It is well-known for its antioxidant properties and there is research being done on it to combat tumors, convulsions, and inflammation.
Phytol contains an oil type of consistency and has a yellow pigment that is used in food dyes sometimes. The odor that phytol contains isn’t as potent as other terpenes like geranyl. When phytol is broken down, it is a byproduct of chlorophyll. There was a study conducted in 2014 that proves that phytol may be useful in fighting off parasites. Another study in 2002 showed that phytol may be useful in preventing some birth defects that are caused by vitamin A.
Match and sencha are the two main green teas that you will most likely find phytol in. It is used in manyf fragrances, shampoos, cosmetics, household cleaners, and many detergents. A study in 2016 found that phytol may have positive results for the prevention of diseases that are caused by oxidative stress. Some of these diseases include cancer, heart disease, and neurodegenerative disorders.
A study that was conducted in 2013 by Brazilian researchers also found phytol to have pain-relieving properties after their experiment on animals. One study in 2015 found that phytol had some positive indications for the treatment of liver cancer. Two cannabis strains that are known to contain fairly high levels of phytol are Sour Diesel and Cheese. Cannabis that is high in phytol is said to produce a relaxing and sedative high.
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That Sour Diesel cannabis is high in phytol and I think that was the reason why I felt so tired after smoking it.