People tell me they become concerned when they extract chlorophyll into their medicinal Cannabis oil. Seeing no need to worry, I feel that Chlorophyll is beneficial when consumed. When producing Full-Extract Cannabis oil with Ethanol alcohol, you extract not only cannabinoids but other compounds found in Cannabis. Some of these compounds are THC, CBD, CBC, THCV, CBDV, CBG and CBN. These are known as Phtyo-cannabinoids and are found uniquely in Cannabis Sativa, Indica and Ruderalis. Also found in plant tissues and chlorophyll are the compounds Limonene, α-Pinene, Myrcene, Linalool, β-Caryophyllene, Caryophyllene Oxide, Nerolidol, and Phytol.
In nature, chlorophyll is what gives plants their green pigment. This green is the blood of the plant kingdom and is surprisingly similar to human hemoglobin. It allows the transformation of the sun’s rays into chemical energy, which is used for photosynthesis. Photosynthesis in plants is the transformation of carbon dioxide and water into carbohydrates and oxygen. Photosynthesis is the source of energy for nearly all life on earth directly, through primary production, or indirectly, as the vital source of energy in their nutrition.
The molecular structure of Chlorophyll is nearly identical to human hemoglobin with the exception center atom. In hemoglobin this is iron, whereas in chlorophyll it is magnesium. This means that when ingested, chlorophyll can actually contribute in the functions of hemoglobin. It is shown to repair and replenish our red blood cells, increasing our energy levels assisting in cellular oxygenation, while protecting all of the cells from oxidative stress.
Chlorophyll has the rare predisposition of binding with certain carcinogenic chemicals, preventing them from causing damage. This includes aflatoxin-B1, known for causing liver cancer, is produced by a fungus which lives on moldy grains, beans and corn; benzo[a]pyrene, implicated in the development of lung cancers and dioxins or environmental pollutants. Chlorophyll is known to remove benzene from the body, which is produced in proteins when they are exposed to radiation. It also breaks down calcium oxalate stones for elimination, which are created by the body for the purpose of neutralizing and disposing of excess acids. These are only a few of the known therapeutic benefits of Chlorophyll.
–In 2001, Ethan Russo, MD and John McPartland published a paper in the Journal of Cannabis Therapeutics introduced a concept called “The Entourage Effect” a concept that was applied to Cannabis. “Good evidence shows that secondary compounds in cannabis may enhance the beneficial effects of THC… and reduce THC-induced anxiety and cholinergic deficits,” they wrote. “Cannabis terpenoids and flavonoids may also increase cerebral blood flow, enhance cortical activity, kill respiratory pathogens, and provide anti-inflammatory activity.”–
–British Journal of Pharmacology
–Special Issue: Cannabinoids in Biology and Medicine, Part I.
–Volume 163, Issue 7, pages 1344–1364, August 2011
This research establishes a hypothesis that the lesser compounds found in Cannabis can actually enhance the medicinal qualities and increase efficacy of the activated compounds. A decade later, Russo is substantiating the molecular-teamwork hypothesis and expanding on it.
Full-extract Cannabis oil contains a concentrated amount of chlorophyll. There is little to no research concerning Cannabis Chlorophyll. It is known that Cannabis has many unique compounds, therefore it is logical to consider that the chlorophyll of this plant may also be unique and beneficial. I do not recommend smoking cannabis oil that contains concentrations of chlorophyll however as it is not the most pleasant tasting; also, combustion destroys the medicinal value of this oil as it is meant for topical application and ingestion.
In conclusion, when it comes to cannabinoid saturation and healing, I will take Full extract Cannabis oil complete with chlorophyll, without objection.