These Seven Plants Aren't Cannabis But Contain Cannabinoids
The human body seems specially designed to enjoy cannabis. In fact, human bodies have cannabinoid (CBD) receptors all over them, which are part of the endocannabinoid system that controls all kinds of body functions. From appetite to memory, our bodies seem wired to consume and respond to cannabinoids. So perhaps it’s no surprise that cannabis isn’t the only plant to contain the miracle of cannabinoids. In fact, a number of common plants from all over the world have been shown to contain cannabinoids. For those suffering from issues with pain, nausea or any number of ailments cannabinoids can help treat, be on the lookout for these seven plants to keep on hand.
The healing qualities of echinacea have been known for centuries. The Pawnee tribes used echinacea for headaches, and the Lakotah tribe and multiple other tribes looked to the herb to treat pain in general. So it’s no surprise that the herb has been found to affect our bodies’ endocannabinoid systems. According to Herb.co, “The primary cannabinoids in echinacea are known as N-alkyl amides (NAAs). In echinacea, cannabinoids interact most with the CB2 receptor.” Like so much else, it looks like Native American tribes were onto something huge so long ago, and we’re still only just now figuring it out.
If you’re cooking a grown-up recipe that isn’t dessert and it doesn’t call for at least a dash of black pepper, it’s probably wrong. Black pepper is a vital ingredient to most meals. In addition to being a mandatory spice, unlike its salty counterpart, it actually has a whole host of known health benefits. Black pepper has antibacterial properties and contains manganese, iron, potassium, vitamin-C, vitamin K, and dietary fiber, and is said to work as an anti-inflammatory. It just so happens that black pepper also contains compounds that interact with our cannabinoid receptors.
Kava has long been credited with relaxing effects and health benefits. Surfers on the shores of Hawaii often close-out their hard day of riding big waves by soothing their bodies and minds with the pain relieving and nerve calming beverage at the many beachfront local kava bars throughout the islands. So it’s no big surprise that kava contains cannabinoids. Surfers won’t lead you astray when it comes to knowing about plants that help you take the edge off, and stay healthy.
Often referred to as the food of the gods, cacao is hardly the unsung hero of food. There’s a reason for that beyond the delectable flavor. Cacao contains a cacophony of health-giving compounds. Cacao contains polyphenols, which have been shown to help cardiovascular disease, and theobromine, which widens blood vessels, is a diuretic, and stimulates the heart. In addition to all this, Cacao also contains the health benefits of cannabinoids. “N-acylethanolamines are compounds found in chocolate that are structurally similar to anandamine, which is similar to the cannabinoid responsible for euphoria from cannabis. These compounds may not exert their effect by binding with the tetrahydrocannabinol receptors, but by inhibiting breakdown of endogenously produced anandamine, thus prolonging a “natural high,” states Drugs.com.
French black truffles are a rare delicacy, famous for their unique and distinct flavor. People will pay big bucks to taste these delicious fungi. While the black truffle is sought for flavor, not health, it does have some healthy attributes. This high-protein, low carb food is a great meat substitute for vegetarians, if they can afford it. Another thing that makes this fungi extra special? It contains cannabinoids. So maybe it’s not just the exquisite flavor that makes people love black truffles so much. Maybe it’s the way the fungi makes them feel.
If you’ve ever walked into a room or garden where rosemary is being cooked or grown, the aromatic wonder that is this herb is not likely lost on you. Aside from a pleasant aroma, rosemary has also been shown to possibly help reduce inflammation, aid digestion, help concentration, protect your brain, and even fight some kinds of cancer. As if you need another reason to love this delightful evergreen perennial herb, it also contains cannabinoids. The list of cannabinoid substitutes continues to get more delicious.
What will dye your clothes yellow and is the secret ingredient to many recipes from all over the globe and has been touted as curing practically every minor ailment imaginable? If you answered turmeric, you already know that this one herb is the answer to so many queries. Touted as an anti-inflammatory, an antioxidant and even a cancer fighter, many may ask if there is anything turmeric can’t do. Well, you can add one more benefit to turmeric’s repertoire: It contains cannabinoids. No wonder this spice is such a wunderkind!
If you’re looking for some non-intoxicating ways to get your cannabinoid fix, look no further. There is a long list of healthy and downright delicious options to help you reap some of the benefits of cannabinoids without overdoing it in terms of effects.