Marijuana has taken center stage as one of the most useful medicinal plants on the planet. But, did you know that other herbs and spices also contain compounds similar to cannabinoids? A cannabinoid is a chemical compound that interacts with a large regulatory system in the body called the Endocannabinoid System (ECS). The ECS is responsible for maintaining homeostasis in the body. Homeostasis is the perfect internal balance required for optimum health.
Cannabis has been used for many years, both recreationally and medically. Cannabinoids produced by plants are known as phytocannabinoids, those produced by the body are known as endocannabinoids. A cannabinoid is a chemical compound that interacts with a large regulatory system in the body. That system is known as the Endocannabinoid System, and it’s responsible for maintaining homeostasis in our bodies.
Homeostasis is the perfect internal balance required for optimum health. It regulates many important physiologic pathways in the human body, including gastrointestinal activity, cardiovascular activity, protection of neurons, hormonal regulation, immune function, inflammatory reactions, and inhibition of tumors cells.
5 Non-Marijuana Plants That Also Contain Healing Cannabinoids
This plant, indigenous to New Zealand, contains large amounts of perrottetinenic acid, which is similar to THC, the psychoactive component in cannabis. It has ability to treat bronchitis, and historically it has been used to alleviate gallbladder, liver, and bladder problems.
The Echinacea plant has ability to help the body beat the common cold. It is also used to relieve anxiety, chronic tiredness, splitting migraines, arthritis pains regulating the immune system, pain and inflammation level. Echinacea possesses a ‘quality difference’ from cannabis because it uses cannabimimetics instead of cannabinoids to regulate the endocannabinoid system.
A very common aroma molecule or terpene, called beta-caryophyllene (BCP), found in plant essential oils and abundantly present in black pepper, has been discovered to function as a cannabinoid. Various study find that BCP could be used for the treatment of arthritis and osteoporosis, and may potentially increase the effectiveness of certain anti-cancer drugs.
A flower native to the Amazon river basin, the electric daisy has been known from centuries as an analgesic. It is successful at blocking neurons from firing at nerve endings, preventing the sensation of pain. The compounds found in the electric daisy are called N-Isobutylamides, and similarly to other cannabinoid-like compounds they regulate pain and inflammation.
Native to South Africa, it has a strong mood-stabilizing and anti-depressant effect due to a large amounts of cannabigerol (CBG), also found in the cannabis plant. International Cannabinoid Research Society has discover that cannabinoid-like compounds are made by plants, starting from an aromatic acid, which is different from the normal cannabinoid biosynthetic route. Helichrysum is used in African ritual ceremonies to make fumes with a potential psychotropic effect similar to other cannabinoids.