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Cannabinoids in Nature

Several plants contain cannabinoids or cannabinoid-like compounds

March 16, 2023
Cannabinoids are a group of compounds found in the cannabis plant, which have been shown to have a range of therapeutic benefits. However, cannabis is not the only plant that contains cannabinoids. In recent years, several other plants have been discovered to contain cannabinoids or cannabinoid-like compounds. People have been consuming these substances for 1,000’s of years with many known benefits yet it’s only now that we’re coming to understand why they’re such effective tools in combating a long list of ailments.
  1. Echinacea
    Popular herbal remedy used to boost the immune system and fight colds and flu. It has also been found to contain compounds called N-alkylamides, which act on the CB2 receptors in the body. These receptors are involved in regulating the immune system, inflammation, and pain perception.
  2. Helichrysum umbraculigerum
    A plant native to South Africa. It contains cannabigerol (CBG), which is a non-psychoactive cannabinoid found in cannabis. CBG has been shown to have potential therapeutic benefits, including anti-inflammatory and pain-relieving properties.
  3. Liverwort
    Liverwort is a small, leafy plant found in moist environments around the world. It contains a compound called perrottetinene, which is similar in structure to THC, the psychoactive compound found in cannabis. Although perrottetinene is not as potent as THC, it has been shown to have some psychoactive effects.
  1. Black pepper
    It is a common spice used in many cuisines around the world. It contains a compound called beta-caryophyllene, which is a cannabinoid that selectively binds to CB2 receptors. Beta-caryophyllene has been shown to have anti-inflammatory and analgesic properties.
  2. Chocolate
    Chocolate is made from the seeds of the cacao tree. These seeds contain compounds called anandamides, which are similar in structure to THC. Anandamides are thought to be responsible for the “feel-good” effects of chocolate.
  3. Coneflower (Asteraceae family):
    This plant family contains over 32,000 species and is widely distributed around the world. It has been found to contain a group of compounds called sesquiterpene lactones, which are structurally similar to cannabinoids. These compounds have been shown to have anti-inflammatory and anti-cancer properties.
In conclusion, while cannabis is the most well-known source of cannabinoids, other plants have also been found to contain these compounds. These plants have potential therapeutic benefits, including anti-inflammatory, pain-relieving, and immune-boosting properties. Further research is needed to fully understand the potential of these plants and their compounds.

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