In a nutshell. Cannabinoids are chemical compounds. Although prominently found in cannabis, they are also found in other plants, animals & humans. It can also be synthesised in laboratories.
There are 3 categories of cannabinoids.
- Endocannabinoids ~ found in animals and humans
- Phytocannabinoids ~ found in plants
- Synthetic cannabinoids ~ synthesised artificially in labs
What do cannabinoids do for us ?
Endocannabinoids serve a vital purpose for our health and well-being because they regulate key aspects of our biology and have a variety of functions in the body, including the regulation of mood, memory, immunity, metabolism, sleep, and pain. They are vital to maintain homeostasis.
What does CBD do for us ?
As well as responding to endogenous cannabinoids produced within the human body known as the endocannabinoid system, our receptors also respond to cannabinoids from external sources, including the phytocannabinoid cannabidiol (CBD).
CBD boosts these naturally occurring cannabinoids to further influence homeostasis.
Plants that produce cannabinoids
Phytocannabinoids are found in plants.
Here is a list of just some of the most popular plants that can activate your endocannabinoid system.
Top of the list of course is Cannabis.
Cannabis is a plant category that includes hemp and marijuana, CBD can be derived from both hemp and marijuana. For industrial purposes it usually derives from hemp (cannabis sativa). It has the most abundant collection of cannabinoids of any plant.
CBD is used to treat anxiety, depression, sleep disorders, neurological disorders, skin complaints, pain, inflammation, diabetes, muscle recovery and much more.
Echinaceas belong to a group of flowering herbs that belong to the daisy family. Echinacea and derivative products like extracts, oils, roots, or teas are often praised for having anti-inflammatory benefits, helping curb anxiety and stress, and much more.
The Electric Daisy, also sometimes known as the toothache plant or Sechuan button, is a curious plant believed to be derived from a Brazilian species of acmella plants. The plant is often used in cooking and is believed to have a long history in treating stammering, toothaches and stomach distress.
This odd plant is native to the African continent and is believed to be part of the daisy family (like echinacea). It is believed to contain high concentrations of CBG, a cannabinoid known for having unique antidepressant, mood stabilizing, and anti-inflammatory properties.
Liverwort (Radula marginata)
There are an estimated 9000 species of liverworts scattered around the world. However, research suggests that a specific species found in New Zealand contains a compound that’s remarkably similar to THC.
Tea shrub (Camellia sinensis)
Asian countries have cultivated Camellia sinensis for centuries. Several varieties of the tea shrub are used to produce black, green, yellow, and white tea.
Chocolate (Cocoa tree)
The cocoa tree has given us one of the sweetest treasures on earth. Now, it seems the plant behind the world’s favorite sweet treat might also contain another hidden power. Some cannabis users claim that eating dark chocolate before using cannabis produces a much stronger “high.” This is because chocolate contains N-Linoleoyl ethanolamide and N-oleoylethanolamide, two compounds which interfere with an enzyme known as FAAH.
Some strains of cannabis are renowned for having a particularly spicy, peppery aroma. Well, research into the compounds of cannabis and pepper reveal just why that might be. Cannabis and pepper are known to contain high concentrations of beta-caryophyllene, a terpene with a potent aroma often believed to give black pepper its unique smell. Recent research suggests that beta-caryophyllene acts much like a cannabinoid, binding to CB2 receptors.
It has been shown to have strong anti-inflammatory effects, which may help in the treatment of a wide variety of conditions. Other research has indicated that BCP may also increase the efficacy of anticancer drugs
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