Phytochemicals are biologically active chemical compounds produced through primary or secondary metabolism in plants in order to help the plant grow and/or protect itself from disease and pests. The term phytochemical includes both nutritional and non-nutritional compounds found in a plant; however, the term is generally used to refer to the non-essential nutrients and compounds in a plant. Essential nutrients are compounds that the human body can’t make (or makes, but doesn’t produce enough of) that are required for normal human body functioning. All other biologically active chemical compounds produced by plants are considered non-essential nutrient, or non-nutrient phytochemicals. Despite their non-essential categorization, non-nutrient phytochemicals have been found to provide protection for human health. When considering the entirety of the plant (roots, stalk, leaves, seeds, and flowers), the phytochemical makeup of cannabis is quite profound.  

To read more about cannabis phytochemicals purchase Cannabis Primer: An Introduction to Cannabis for Consumers, Producers, Providers, Policy Makers, and Health Professionals