Don’t you think that the Marijuana Plants are magical? We mean to say that it is difficult to imagine how this one single plant holds so many healing components that it just sounds so dreamy in respect to its medicinal uses. All these healing components are called the Cannabinoids and the most popular ones that people are majorly aware about are THC and CBD.
These Cannabinoids react with your endocannabinoid system to generate results. But Cannabis is not the only plant that can do that. There are many other flowers and plants that produce such components or cannabinoids that can affect your body in the same way, the marijuana does.
However, these substances can be divided into three categories:
- Phytocannabinoids: Cannabinoids that are produced by the plants are called Phytocannabinoids and many plants other than Cannabis seeds produce these.
- Cannabimimetics: When after consuming, the components of a plant mimic the cannabinoid components then it called Cannabimimetics and they specifically engage to the Endocannabinoid System (ECS).
- Endocannabinoids: The components that are present in your stomach are called the Endocannabinoids.
Several plants that possess Cannabimimetics or Phytocannabinoids are termed and believed to be “Superfoods”.
Plants or Flowers that possess similar chemical components like Marijuana:
- Chinese Rhododendron:
Scientifically known as Rhododendron anthopogonoides, Chinese Rhododendron hail from Southern China. The extracted oil of this plant is considered to be so
powerful that it can kill almost anything, right from an infection to Cancer cells.
According to a study from the Nihon University, Japan, these flowers have folic acids that act just like the Cannabinoids of Marijuana. The extract also has other components like triterpenes, tannins and several flavonoids.
- Coneflower (ECHINACEA):
A flower that has the same power as the marijuana plant to heal the same kind of problems is the Coneflower or Echinacea. It is a very well known medicinal plant and is often used to fight with common cold. It is also used to mitigate the pain from Arthritis and Migraines.
But what is Coneflower (Echinacea)? Coneflower has Cannabimimetics i.e., it is not a cannabinoid but mimics the properties of it when consumed.
- Black Truffles (Tuber Melanosporum):
Guess what? Truffles are considered to be older (biologically) than Cannabis. They react with the CB1 receptors and releases a molecular bliss when consumed. Italian researchers made a discovery recently that Black Truffles produce the same kind of feeling and anandamide as Cacao.
- Electric Daisy (Acmella Oleracea):
Best known as the “toothache plant”, Electric Daisies are from Amazon. They are mostly used as a ground for strong painkiller gels. The Cambridge University had conducted formal trials in which it was found that Electric Daisy’s plant can actually block the nerve ending pain receptors as it has properties like Cannabinoids which are called the N-isobutylamides.
The reactions are so strong that these Daisies are now considered to be a base for a new type of drug for dental purpose.
- Black Pepper (Piper Nigrum):
Though not being as powerful as Cannabinoids, it surely acts like one in our human body. It has anti-inflammatory compounds. Due to more studies, it has become evident that Black Pepper can help to increase the efficiency of various types of treatment drugs for Cancer.
- Helichrysum Umbraculigerum:
With a name that is hard to pronounce and super heard to spell, Helichrysum Umbraculigerum belongs to the family of daisies from South Africa that has same properties like Cannabigerol (CBG), a lesser known Cannabinoid. It can be used to alter mood and to treat depression.
- Theobroma Cacao (Chocolate):
Food of Gods- Theobroma Cacao is a well known superfood. Chocolates that are made out of Cacao is said to elevate anyone’s mood. It has many “happy brain” compounds that include theobromine, phenylethylamine, tryptophan and anandamide (the bliss molecule). Try eating a chocolate before you smoke, it will only intensify your high.
Chocolate is not psychoactive but it definitely creates a potent effect on our body.
- Liverwort (Radula Marginata):
Native of New Zealand, Liverwort is full of perrottetinenic acid and its chemical reaction is very much similar to THC, working well with the CB1 receptor. Non-psychoactive in nature, it used as a natural cure to treat bronchitis, gallbladder and bladder issues.
- Piper Methysticum (Kava):
A drink made from the leaves of a plant called Piper Methysticum is Kava. It is a native of the Pacific Island and people have been using it as a natural medicine for a long time. It is gradually gaining popularity in the West.
The tea of these leaves or Kava is said to have mild sedatives that can help in easing chronic pain and anxiety. This is due to the chemical compound called the Kavalactones that bind with CB1 receptors.