6 Plants Other than Cannabis That are High in Healing Cannabinoids

Anna Hunt, Staff
Waking Times

Cannabis is not the only plant that contains medically beneficial cannabinoids, although it has driven the research to understand the powerful therapeutic properties of these plant compounds. In actuality, there are several plants that are also rich in cannabinoids and benefit the body’s endocannabinoid system, which is responsible for helping the body maintain internal balance, or homeostasis, which is needed for attaining optimum health.

To expand our understanding of cannabinoids and the endocannabinoid system, scientists and botanists are exploring the prevalence of cannabinoids in many plants, other than just cannabis, that are used in natural remedies. Below are six plants found to contain healing cannabinoids or affect the endocannabinoid system, and some of their known therapeutic benefits.

coneflower-echinacea1. Coneflower – Echinacea

This plant is well-known for its ability to help the body fight off the common cold. It is also used to relieve anxiety, fatigue, migraines, and arthritis. Echinacea is a bit different than cannabis because it uses cannabimimetics instead of cannabinoids to engage the endocannabinoid system, particularly the CB2 receptor. Similar to THC in cannabis, the N-alkyl amides (NAAs) in echinacea are responsible for regulating the immune system, pain and inflammation.

Electric Daisy – Acmella oleracea2. Electric Daisy – Acmella oleracea

Native to the Amazon region, the electric daisy is used to create a painkilling gel. It successfully blocks pain receptors at nerve endings, as per trials conducted by Cambridge University. The compounds found the the electric daisy are called N-Isobutylamides, and similarly to other connabinoid-like compounds they regulate pain and inflammation. This natural remedy is emerging as a dental remedy for ailments such as impacted wisdom teeth.

3. Helichrysum umbraculigerum

Native to South Africa, this daisy has a strong mood-stabilizing and anti-depressant affect due to a large amounts of cannabigerol (CBG), also found in the cannabis plant.

Helichrysum has been studied by Italian natural product chemist Giovanni Appendino. He presented at the International Cannabinoid Research Society his discovery that cannabinoid-like compounds are made by plants, starting from an aromatic acid, which is different from the normal cannabinoid biosynthtic route. Helichrysum is used in African ritual ceremonies to make fumes with a potential psychotropic effect similar to other cannabinoids.

radula_complanata4. Liverwort – Radula marginata

This plant, indigenous to New Zealand, contains large amounts of perrottetinenic acid, which is strikingly similar to THC, the psychoactive component in cannabis. It is believed to bind with the CB1 receptors, just as THC, although liverwort is not known to have any psychoactive effects. What it is known for is its ability to treat bronchitis, and historically it has been used to alleviate gallbladder, liver, and bladder problems.

cacao5. Cacao – Theobroma cacao

The cacao plant has many therapeutic properties and it is known to be a powerful, and delicious superfood. Cacao affects with the endocannabinoid system by deactivating the enzyme called FAAH, which typically breaks down the endocannabinoid known as anandamide. Since anandamide is identified to be the body’s natural version of THC, eating natural chocolate increases the amounts of anandamide in the brain because the FAAH enzyme is less active.

The result is similar to what many people experience when smoking cannabis – a general feeling of being relaxed and happy – although the result is nowhere near as potent as with THC. Researchers at the Neurosciences Institute of San Diego were able to back up the claims that chocolate does contain three compounds that act as healing cannabinoids

Piper nigrum6. Black Pepper – Piper nigrum

A very common aroma molecule or terpene, called beta-caryophyllene (BCP), found in plant essential oils and abundantly present in black pepper, has been discovered to function as a cannabinoid. Similar to other plant-based cannabinoids, BCP binds with the CB2 receptors, giving it the therapeutic effect of reducing inflammation. Various research has suggested that BCP could be used for the treatment of arthritis and osteoporosis, and may potentially increase the effectiveness of certain anti-cancer drugs.

About the Author

Anna Hunt is a staff writer for WakingTimes.com and an entrepreneur with over a decade of experience in research and editorial writing. She and her husband run a preparedness e-store outlet at www.offgridoutpost.com, offering GMO-free storable food and emergency kits. Anna is also a certified Hatha yoga instructor. She enjoys raising her children and being a voice for optimal human health and wellness. Read more of her excellent articles here. Visit her essential oils store here.



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  • Tore Kohn

    Nobody wants anything else instead of cannabis, Smoking canna be a major blast!
    Sincerly Tore

  • pharmerdavid

    “6 Plants Other than Cannabis That are High in Healing Cannabinoids”…? When I read the title, I knew the writer wasn’t correct scientifically, because only cannabis (including saliva, indica, and even European hemp) has cannabinoids. What was described here are biochemicals in plants that effect humans similar to cannabinoids, but none of those chemicals are identical to cannabis.

    Cannabis was apparently ‘seeded’ from other planets, as were humans, because both cannabis and humans are distinctly different than other plants and animals on earth. My theory is that humans were seeded WITH cannabis, because that one plant provides EVERYTHING we need to live healthy and happy lives. Food, fiber, fuel, medicine, and thousands of other uses. And cannabis is the BEST food, BEST fiber, BEST bio-fuel, and BEST medicine for treating myriad health problems.

    Cannabis can help save the planet, but first we must free the ENTIRE plant, not just the cannabis used for medicine. Cannabis HEMP is still illegal to grow in Oregon, even though we have had legal recreational cannabis for awhile, and medical cannabis since 1998/9.. The DEA still hasn’t given their ‘permission’ to grow hemp yet though – I can’t imagine why (sarcasm).

    The psychopaths who control the planet told us cannabis was forbidden for almost 100 years, and now they are making us pay them to participate in their regulated (ie: extortionist) cannabis economy – wtf?! Cannabis should be treated just like all the other medicinal herbs are (as should opium), and be sold next to each other in herb stores totally unregulated by our invasive government, who are nothing more than puppets of the hidden-hand that controls them.

    It was a good article, but the title slightly misleading. Thanks for discussing other plants that have similar properties to cannabis though – that was good information to get out..!

    • anna miller

      great comment!

    • walcon

      Outstanding comment of which most of the populace agrees.
      I never figured out how a government can claim they own the plant or have the authority to ban it, then ruin lives in the process. There is a fine line between being right and being criminal.

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