For years people thought that cannabis is the only plant that can create a cannabinoid, a chemical mixture that reacts with our system known as the endocannabinoid system. This system is placed in the brain. It participates in various physiological processes, including hunger, the feeling of pain, memory, mood, and as a mediator in the psychoactive effects of cannabis.
Scientists discovered that cannabis is not the only plant that contains cannabinoids.
What Are Cannabinoids?
Plants create cannabinoids also known as phytocannabinoids. But, the human (or animal) body also can produce cannabinoid (endocannabinoids). Cannabinoids are oil-based molecules that act on cannabinoid receptors. There are more than 120 types of cannabinoids but the most popular are CBD THC, CBC, and THCV.
Today we list different plants that contain cannabinoids and some of their medicinal features. Please note that these are plants that do not act psychoactive and do not contain THC. They have an influence on the endocannabinoid system and thus help to resolve stress, anxiety, and pain. For now, one thing is certain: cannabis is the only plant that produces THC.
Amazing Plants That Contain Cannabinoids And Have Healing Properties
The medicinal benefits of echinacea are well-known. This plant can help with almost any disease: from cold to alleviation of symptoms of fatigue, anxiety, arthritis, migraine and other diseases. Depending on the species, echinacea contains cannabinoids, which differ from those in cannabis but still affect the endocannabinoid system.
Its cannabinoids mainly act on CB2 receptors, those that regulate the immune system, inflammation and pain.
High-quality organic cocoa has many healing properties, but it also influences the cannabinoid system by disabling an enzyme called FAAH. The result is similar to cannabis smoking – it stimulates body relaxation and a sense of happiness.
- Black pepper
Black pepper has a substance beta-caryophyllene (BCP) that acts as a cannabinoid. BCP has a therapeutic effect on the reduction of inflammation, while the latest research implies that it has a positive effect on the treatment of osteoporosis and arthritis as well as cancer.
- Other plants
First of all, we should point out that there are many plants that contain beta-caryophyllene and myrcene. Myrcene which acts like natural sedative can be found in hops (in some species it makes up to 80% of volume). Moreover, mango, citrus grass, and verbena also contain myrcene. You can also find it in cloves, rosemary, cumin, oregano, basil, lavender, cinnamon and many other plant species.
So, if you aren’t cannabis enthusiast maybe you can try one of these amazing plants and improve your health condition.