Cannabis has been used for medicinal purposes for a long time now. The secret of its healing properties lies in cannabinoids, compounds which offer a wide plethora of benefits.
What Exactly is a Cannabinoid?
A cannabinoid is a naturally occurring compound found in plants, mostly the Cannabis Sativa plant. They work on several levels, and cannabis is often used as pain reliever as cannabinoids are distributed in areas of pain receptors. There are three classifications of cannabinoids: phytocannabinoids (produced by plants), endocannabinoids (produced within the bodies of animals and people), and synthetic cannabinoids (produced in labs).
THC and CBD are the most common cannabinoids in cannabis, with CBD making about 40 percent of cannabis resin. As for THC, it is worth noting that it is the only phytocannabinoid that delivers a clear psychological effect on its own.
Health Benefits of Healing Cannabinoids
Here are some of the benefits of cannabinoids:
1. Body Weight Regulation
It has been scientifically shown that endocannabinoids target CB1 receptor, which plays an important role in appetite control and body weight regulation.
2. Relieving Pain
Mounting evidence suggests that cannabinoids relieve pain by inhibiting neuronal transmission in pain pathways.
THC, which is prevalent in cannabis, offers sedative properties. According to a study done on the effect of THC on sleep patterns, it was found to reduce eye movement density.
Cannabinoids affect various cancer cell lines and act as suppressors of tumor invasion and angiogenesis.
Non-Marijuana Plants that Contain Cannabinoids
Although these plants don’t provide the same effects as cannabis plant, they still offer a wide range of health benefits.
Liverwort contains perrottetinenic acid (or bibenzyl cannabinoid), which resembles THC and its psychoactive compounds. This particular cannabinoid has been proven to alleviate problems with the liver, bladder, gallbladder as well as to treat bronchitis.
Note: Avoid fresh liverwort as it has irritating properties. It is recommended to use an extract or through infusion.
Echinacea fights off fatigue, migraines, arthritis, and anxiety. It differs from cannabis in that it uses cannabimimetics instead of cannabinoids to engage the endocannabinoid system. The N-alkyl amides (NAAs) in Echinacea regulate inflammation, the immune system, and pain.
3. Helichrysum Umbraculigerum
This daisy has potent anti-depressant and mood-stabilizing properties thanks to its abundance of cannabigerol (CBG), which are also found in the cannabis plant. The best way to use this plant and get the most of it is by using it as an essential oil. You can add it to your bath, apply it on the skin, or inhale the scent.
4. Black Pepper
Black pepper functions as a cannabinoid with its compound beta-caryophyllene (BCP), which binds to CB2 receptors and reduces inflammation. Black pepper has powerful anti-inflammatory properties and alleviates pain caused by osteoporosis and arthritis.
It is readily available, and the chances are you already have it in your pantry. You can either chew on the peppercorn or sprinkle it on your meals.