We’ve found 6 of the best plants that like cannabis are likewise abundant in cannabinoids and benefit the body’s endocannabinoid system. This is the system responsible for assisting the body keep homeostasis – an internal balance – which is needed for obtaining optimum health.
Below are 6 plants found to contain healing cannabinoids or affect the endocannabinoid system, and some of their known therapeutic benefits:
1. Electric Daisy– Acmella oleracea
You can find this plant in Southern Europe and the Amazon area. It is used to create a pain-numbing gel. It has the capability to successfully obstruct pain receptors at nerve endings, as concluded in trials carried out by Cambridge University.
This natural treatment is being used by dental professionals to numb the mouth before and after canals and fillings and wisdom teeth extraction.
It turns out that these little yellow flowers (technically, inflorescences) are chock full of interesting chemicals, most interestingly spilanthol which acts on the nerves in the mouth and causes saliva production. It’s also been shown to be antibacterial and anti-inflammatory, so this plant’s traditional use as a cure for toothache is based on a bit more than some in the ‘it might help and it can’t do any harm, can it’ school of plant remedies.
2. Coneflower– Echinacea
Coneflower is well known for helping the body fight the common cold. It can also be used to ease anxiety, fatigue, migraines, and arthritis when either dried and stewed into a tea or decarboxylated and used in the preparation of food.
Echinacea cuts the chances of catching a common cold by 58 percent.
Echinacea reduces the duration of the common cold by almost one-and-a-half days.
3. Helichrysum umbraculigerum
This strong mood-stabilizing and anti-depressant daisy is native to South Africa and is good at treating:
Indigestion and Acid Reflux
Inflammation of the muscles and joints
4. Liverwort– Radula marginata
This plant, native to New Zealand has a lot of perrottetinenic acid. It is very similar to THC, which is the psychoactive component that can be found in cannabis. People believe that it can bind with the CB1 receptors, just like THC, even though it is not known that liverwort has any psychoactive effects. It is known that it is able to treat bronchitis and it is also proven that can alleviate liver, gallbladder and bladder problems.
5. Black Pepper– Piper nigrum
There is currently research to suggest that BCP could be used for the treatment of arthritis and osteoporosis, and might possibly increase the effectiveness of particular anti-cancer drugs.
Because of its antibacterial properties, pepper is also used to preserve food. It is a rich source of manganese, iron, potassium, vitamin-C, vitamin K, and dietary fiber. Black pepper is also a very good anti-inflammatory agent.
6. Cacao– Theobroma cacao
The health benefits of Cacao are well known. Eating natural chocolate increases the quantities of anandamide that floods to the brain since the FAAH enzyme is less active.
The result is comparable to the result that lots of people feel when smoking cannabis. A general feeling of being relaxed, pleased and content although the result is nowhere near as potent just like THC.