For many years the cannabis was used because of its medicinal capabilities and purposes. We all have heard of the famous cannabinoids -- which are in fact compounds that are contained in the cannabis which have quite amazing healing abilities. But not many of us know that there are some other foods that have their own cannabinoids, which have their own healing abilities as well.
What Exactly is a Cannabinoid?
It is a natural compound which is contained in the plants, mostly in the Cannabis Sativa plant. Out of the 480 compounds that are contained in the cannabis, only 66 of those are on the list of cannabinoids.
Cannabinoids are able to affect us when we use them, with their ability to interact with our receptors in every part of our central nervous system. Mostly interactions are happening in the limbic system, which is a part of our brain where cognition, memory and psychomotor performance are affected. Also they are distributed in the areas of our pain receptors, and that is the main reason why cannabis is sometimes prescribed for chronic pain.
Cannabinoids are classified in 3 major types:
Endocannabinoids -- these are the ones that are formed inside the bodies of animals and humans.
Pytocannabinoids -- cannabinoids which are made inside plants.
Synthetic Cannabinoids -- these are the ones that are made or produced inside a laboratory.
There are only 2 types of cannabinoid receptors, they are known as CB1 and CB2. The main difference between cannabinoids is the thing whether they are psycho active.
CBD and THC are the most common cannabinoids that are contained in the cannabis, and the CBD makes up to 40% of the cannabis resin. And the only cannabinoid that produces a psycho active effect on humans is the plant cannabinoid THC.
Health Benefits of Cannabinoids
The cannabinoids have been used for a long times for many therapeutic purposes, because of the benefits they can offer and provide:
1. Diminishing Pain
According to many researches the cannabinoids were proven to be useful in regulating the pain by the inhibition of the neural transmission in the pathways that are affected.
Most of the cannabinoids have proven their ability to act on many cancer cell lines. Also it was concluded that they were suppressors of tumor invasion and angiogenesis.
3. Body Weight Regulation
For people who have problems with the regulation of their own body weight, the cannabinoids may be a perfect solution, especially for the ones that are struggling with anorexia or obesity. It is well known that the cannabis elevates the food consumption and our appetite as well. According toa study from 2006, it was proven that the Endocannabinoids are targeting the CB1 receptor, which helps in the role of appetite controlling peripheral metabolism, and body weight regulating as well.
The THC found in cannabis, is considered to be a sedative. Because in a certain study it was proven that the THC in marijuana affects our sleep patterns, and also it was noticed that it reduces eye movement density.
Non-Marijuana Plants that Contain Cannabinoids
There are many other plants that contain the cannabinoids with the healing benefits, besides the cannabis. These plants may not provide the same healing effects as the cannabis, but be sure that they have numerous health benefits as well.
Echinacea is a well known plant that can prevent and fight against fatigue, arthritis, migraines and anxiety. It is a lot different from the cannabis, and instead of the cannabinoids it uses cannabimimetics, which are interacting with the endocannabinoid system, mostly with the CB2 receptor. This plant contains N-alkyl amides, and they are responsible for the regulation of our inflammations, pain and immune system. This plant can be found in a pill form, and as an ingredient in many essential oils.
This plant is native to New Zealand, and now it is grown throughout the whole world, and it contains huge amounts of perrottetinenic acid or also known as bibenzyl cannabinoid, that is very close to the THC, the cannabinoid with the psycho active capabilities which is found in the cannabis. This cannabinoid is famous due to its ability to treat alleviate problems with the gallbladder,bladder and liver, and treat bronchitis as well.
Because of its irritating properties, this plant should be highly avoided by users. The best way to benefit from this plant, is to take it through an infusion or get the extract from it directly. The proper dose from it is not more than 3.8 g of the herb (dry), to be more specific it is about 4 teaspoons of 3 to 6% of the infusion.
It has been proven that the black pepper can be considered a cannabinoid, due to its beta-caryophyllene (BCP) compound. The CB2 is bind to the BCP, and it gives the effect of decreasing of the inflammation. This plant has strong anti-inflammatory properties and it can easily relieve from pain that is caused from osteoporosis and arthritis.
Since it is available to almost everyone, take a few peppercorns every day, or you can sprinkle it over your meals as a spice, it has a wonderful taste and smell.
This plant is a typical daisy, it comes from South America, and it owns strong anti-depressant and mood-stabilizing properties, because of its richness in cannabigerol (CBG), which is also contained in the cannabis plant!
The best way to take advantage of this daisy and get the maximum out of it, is to use it as an essential oil. You can topically apply it on your skin, inhale its scent, add it into your warm bath or diffuse it in your home.
But be aware that it is always much better and wiser to consult with a specialist or a healthcare professional before you start consuming any of these plants or include them in your lifestyle. Whether you are against the use of cannabis or not, it is a fact that this plant offers numerous health benefits. You don’t need to enter another state of mind, in order to rea p the health benefits out of it.