Cannabis AlternativesCannabis does have some medical benefits, especially for treatment of chronic pain, seizures and other conditions. However, it is illegal in most of the world, and many people understandably refuse to have anything to do with it because of the drug reputation.
Most people do not know that there are other plants containing beneficial cannabinoids. The human body has an endocannabinoid system, responsible for aiding maintainance of homeostasis (internal balance) required for optimum health. The plants below contain healing cannabinoids, or benefit the endocannabinoid system with known therapeutic benefits.
EchinaceaEchinacea (also known as coneflower) is widely used for fighting the common cold, also for anxiety, fatigue, migraines, and arthritis. Echinacea uses cannabimimetics rather than cannabinoids to work with the CB2 receptor in the endocannabinoid system. NAAs (N-alkyl amides) in echinacea are similar to THC in cannabis, and help regulate immune system, inflammation and pain.
Electric DaisyElectric Daisy (also known as acmella oleracea) is used for painkilling gel, and is a native of the Amazon. Cambridge University found it blocks pain receptors at nerve endings by the compounds N-Isobutylamides, and regulate pain and inflammation in a similar way to other connabinoid-like compounds. Often used as a dental remedy for impacted wisdom teeth and other painful problems.
Helichrysum umbraculigerumHelichrysum umbraculigerum (also called the Curry plant) has mood-stabilising and anti-depressant properties from CBG (cannabigerol), which is also contained in the cannabis plant.
Helichrysum has been used to make fumes with a potential psychotropic effect similar to other cannabinoids.
LiverwortLiverwort (also known as Radula complanata or Radula marginata) contains perrottetinenic acid, very similar to THC (psychoactive ingredient in cannabis). Believed to bind with CB1 receptors in the same way as THC, but liverwort has no known psychoactive properties. However, it is well known for benefit in treating bronchitis, and has also been used to treat gallbladder, liver, and bladder problems.
Cacao (also Theobroma cacao) has many therapeutic benefits as well as being a superfood and affects the endocannabinoid system by deactivating FAAH, an enzyme that breaks down anandamide, an endocannabinoid, and known as the natural body's version of THC. Chocolate with high cocao content increases anandamide in the brain because the FAAH enzyme is less active, resulting in a relaxed and happy feeling, similar to, but less effective than THC in Cannabis. The Neurosciences Institute of San Diego proved that chocolate does contain three compounds acting as healing cannabinoids.
Black PepperBlack Pepper (alsop known as Piper nigrum) contains an aroma molecule (terpene) called BCP (beta-caryophyllene), functioning as a cannabinoid. BCP binds with the CB2 receptors like other plant-based cannabinoids, reducing inflammation. Research suggests that BCP could treat arthritis and osteoporosis, and may improve effectiveness of some anti-cancer drugs. Best consumed with food, and freshly ground. Also substantially increases absorption of nutrients, vitamins, minerals.
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