A not so well-known fact is that Cannabis has been used for medicinal purposes since forever. Today, people finally realize the worth and healing properties that Cannabis offers. Its effectiveness is due to the cannabinoids it contains. So, let’s find out more!
What Exactly is a Cannabinoid?
Cannabinoid refers to a naturally occurring compound found in plants, especially in Cannabis Sativa plant. Cannabinoids are distributed in parts of pain receptors, so cannabis is usually used as a pain reliever.
There are three types of cannabinoids:
- Phytocannabinoids (produced by plants),
- Endocannabinoids (produced within the bodies of animals and people)
- Synthetic cannabinoids (produced in labs).
Health Benefits of Healing Cannabinoids
- Body Weight Regulation
Many studies showed that endocannabinoids target CB1 receptor, which is responsible for appetite control and regulation of body weight.
- Relieving Pain
It has been shown that cannabinoids inhibit neuronal transmission in pain pathways, thus relieving pain.
Cannabis has THC which has sedative properties. A study examining the effect of THC on sleep patterns showed that it can reduce eye movement density.
Cannabinoids act as a suppressor of tumor invasion and angiogenesis and affect various cancer cell lines.
Non-Marijuana Plants that Contain Cannabinoids
Even though these plants can’t be compared to cannabis plant, they still provide numerous health benefits!
Liverwort is packed with perrottetinenic acid (or bibenzyl cannabinoid), which can resemble THC and its psychoactive compounds. It can relieve problems with liver, bladder and gallbladder. Moreover, it can effectively treat bronchitis.
Note: Fresh liverwort has irritating properties, so make sure to avoid it.
Echinacea is very effective in the case of anxiety, arthritis, migraines, and fatigue. It uses cannabimimetics instead of cannabinoids to engage the cannabinoids system. It can also reduce inflammation, pain, and boost the immune system.
- Helichrysum Umbraculigerum
This daisy is abundant in cannabigerol (CBG). It has strong anti-depressant and mood-stabilizing properties. To obtain the maximum benefits, make sure to use this plant as an essential oil. You can inhale the scent, or add it to your bath and apply it on the skin.
- Black Pepper
Black pepper contains beta-caryophyllene (BCP), a compound which binds to CB2 receptors and reduces inflammation. Due to its potent anti-inflammatory properties, black pepper can reduce pain caused by arthritis and osteoporosis.
Source: Best Healthy Guide