Six plants other than cannabis are also very high in medically beneficial cannabinoids.Despite the fact that the cannabis plant has driven the scientific research to explore the therapeutic power of these cannabinoid compounds, in actuality, there are other plants that are also rich in cannabinoids and benefit the body’s endocannabinoid system.
This system is in charge of maintaining the body’s internal balance, or homeostasis, which is essential for attaining optimum health.
In order to expand our knowledge of cannabinoids and the human endocannabinoid system, scientists and botanists alike have been exploring the prevalence of cannabinoids in certain plants, which are frequently used as ingredients in natural remedies.
Below we give you the 6 plants, scientists have found to either contain healing cannabinoids or to affect the endocannabinoid system, as well as their known therapeutic benefits:
1. Coneflower – Echinacea
The Echinacea is a genus, or group of herbaceous flowering plants, in the Daisy family. The Echinacea genus includes 9 species, which are commonly called ‘purple coneflowers.’
The Echinacea plant has deserved its remedial merits for its ability to help the body beat the common cold. It is also used to relieve anxiety, chronic tiredness, splitting migraines, and arthritis pains.
The Echinacea possesses a ‘quality difference’ from cannabis because it uses cannabimimetics instead of cannabinoids to spur the endocannabinoid system, particularly the CB2 receptor. Similarly to THC in cannabis, in the Echinacea herb the N-alkyl amides (NAAs) are merited for regulating the immune system, pain and inflammation level.
2. Electric daisy – Acmella oleracea
Acmella oleracea is a species of flowering herb in the family Asteraceae. Common names include toothache plant, paracress and electric daisy.The electric daisy is a domestic plant of the rich Amazon region. In Brazil it is simply called jambu. It is often used in gels as a painkilling active ingredient.
This is due to its successful blockage of pain receptors at nerve endings, as the trials conducted by Cambridge University have shown. The compounds found in the electric daisy are called N-Isobutylamides, and, similarly to other cannabinoid-like compounds, they regulate pain and inflammation.
This natural remedy is emerging as a dental remedy for ailments known as ‘impacted wisdom teeth.’ [Impacted wisdom teeth (or impacted third molars) are wisdom teeth which do not fully erupt into the mouth because of blockage from other teeth (impaction). If the wisdom teeth do not have an open connection to the mouth, pain can develop with the onset of inflammation or infection or damage to the adjacent teeth.]
3. Woolly umbrella – Helichrysum umbraculigerum
The genus Helichrysum consists of an estimated 600 species, in the sunflower family (Asteraceae). The Helichrysum umbraculigerum, the woolly umbrella Helichrysum or kerriekruie in Afrikaans, is a fast growing perennial herb.
This daisy, native to Africa, (with 244 species in South Africa), Madagascar, Australasia and Eurasia, has a strong mood-stabilizing and anti-depressant effect due to its large amounts of cannabigerol (CBG), which are also present in the cannabis plant.The Helichrysum has been studied by the Italian natural-product chemist Giovanni Appendino.
He presented his study at the International Cannabinoid Research Society. He discovered that cannabinoid-like compounds are made by plants, starting from an aromatic acid, which is different from the normal cannabinoid biosynthetic route. The Helichrysum is used in African ritual ceremonies to make fumes with a potential psychotropic effect comparable to other cannabinoids.
4. Liverwort – Radula marginata
Radula marginata is a species of plant in genus Radula, a genus of liverworts. It is indigenous to New Zealand and Tasmania.
It has been found to contain cannabinoids. This plant also contains large amounts of perrottetinenic acid, which is strikingly similar to THC, the psycho-active component in cannabis. It is believed to bind with the CB1 receptors, just as THC does, although the liverwort is not known to have any psycho-active effects. What it is best known for is its ability to treat bronchitis. Throughout the centuries, it has also been used to alleviate gallbladder, liver (hence its name), and bladder issues.
5. Cacao – Theobroma cacao
The origin of one of the world’s most magical and incredible evergreen trees [of the family Malvaceae] is the Amazon Headwaters from where it moved to the deep tropical regions of Central and South America. Theobroma cacao is the taxonomic (that is botanical) name of this tropical plant, also called the cacao or cocoa tree, which, roughly translated, means “food of the gods” or more literally “God food.
” There are actually several trees that are members of the Theobroma species, such as Theobroma bicolor. But only one is used for making chocolate -Theobroma cacao. The name Theobroma cacao was first applied to the cocoa tree by Carolus Linnaeus – the father of modern-day taxonomic plant classification.
The cacao plant has many therapeutic properties, so it has been long consumed as a powerful and delicious ‘superfood.’
Importantly, the cacao plant affects the endocannabinoid system by deactivating the enzyme called FAAH, which typically breaks down the endocannabinoid known as anandamide. Since anandamide is identified to be the body’s natural version of THC, eating natural chocolate increases the amounts of anandamide in the brain because the FAAH enzyme is less active.
The result of eating cacao is similar to what many people have experienced while smoking cannabis – a general feeling of being relaxed, high and happy! Although the opiate result of consuming cacao is nowhere as potent as that of cannabis’ THC, the healing effect of cacao is incomparable with the one of cannabis!
Indeed, the researchers at the Neurosciences Institute of San Diego were able to back up their claims that cacao-based chocolate does contain 3 compounds that act as powerfully and healing as the cannabinoids found in the marihuana plant!
6. Black pepper – Piper nigrum
The black pepper is a flowering vine in the family Piperaceae, cultivated for its fruit, which is usually dried and used for spicing various dishes. When dried, the fruit is known as a peppercorn.
A very common aroma molecule or terpene, called beta-caryophyllene (BCP), found in plants’ essential oils, and also abundantly present in the black pepper, has been discovered to function as a cannabinoid. Similar to other plant-based cannabinoids, BCP binds with the CB2 receptors, giving it the therapeutic effect of reduced inflammation.
Various researches have suggested that BCP could be used for the treatment of osteoporosis and arthritis, and may potentially increase the effectiveness of certain today’s anti-cancer drugs.
These 6 healing plants will definitely light up your immune system’s fire, without having to experience the opiate side effects of opening the marihuana’s Pandora box. Give them a try!
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