Cannabis contains beneficial cannabinoids that help heal the body, but they aren’t exclusive to cannabis. In fact, cannabinoids and cannabinoid-like substances that stimulate the endocannabinoid system (ECS) are very common in other non-marijuana plants.
The enticing thing about these plants is that they don’t get you high. Almost all CBD extractions from cannabis contain a small proportion of THC. This also holds true for cannabis strains that are marketed as high-CBD strains.
So those individuals who would rather stay away from the hallucinatory effects of THC can make use of the cannabinoid-like elements in non-marijuana plants like oregano and black pepper.
What is the Endocannabinoid System?
The endocannabinoid system (or ECS) is a vital molecular system for helping maintain homeostasis in the body. Homeostasis is the perfect internal balance required for optimum health. Because of its crucial role in homeostasis, the ECS is found abundantly in the animal kingdom (1).
The ECS has three key components:
– Black-jack (Bidens pilosa)
– Clove (Syzgium aromaticum)
– Copaiba (Copaifera langsdorffii) (source)
– Black pepper (Piper nigrum)
– Beefsteak Plant (Perilla frutescens)
– Rosemary (Rosmarinus officinalis)
– Wild Allspice (Lindera benzoin)
– Gotu Kola (Centella asiatica)
– Angelica (Angelica archangelica)
– Oregano (Origanum vulgare)
– Basil (Ociumum basilicum)
– Sage (Salvia officinalis)
– Vitex (Vitex agnus-castus)
– Curled Parsley (Petroselinum crispum)
– Cilantro (Coriandrum sativum)
– Frankincense (Boswellia sacra)
– Celery (Apium graveolens)
– Eucalyptus (Corymbia citriodora)
– Cinnamon (Cinnamomum verum)
– Thyme (Thymus vulgaris)
– Myrrh (Commiphora myrrha)
– Valerian (Valeriana officinalis)
– Helichrysum (Helichrysum umbraculigerum)
– Cone Flower (Echinacea purpurea; Echinacea angustifolia)
5. Chromane and Chromene Derivatives
– Labrador (Rhododendron anthopogonoides)
– Electric Daisy (Acmella oleracea)
7. Perrottetineinic Acid
– Liverwort (Radula Marginata)
The following plants can either be consumed (in the case of spices and herbs like cilantro and parsley), or they can be applied to areas of the body that need a little extra healing (in the form of essential oils – such as copaiba. Always be sure to dilute in a carrier oil like jojoba oil before applying to the body).
Some of these herbs can also be drunk as a tea, or taken as a tincture. If using any of the herbs or foods above, make sure you follow the directions of the supplement purchased, or consume as you would in the case of herbs like parsley and cilantro.