6 Plants that have therapeutic effects similar to Cannabis

6 Plants that have therapeutic effects similar to Cannabis

1- Coneflower (Echinacea)

Coneflower is already well known for its health benefits. It has been used to prevent cold and reduce anxiety and fatigue.

Although after the discovery of the endocannabinoids system in 1992 it has been observed that coneflower interacts with our bodies the same ways cannabinoids do. It is the N-alky amides found in the coneflower that acts on our endocannabinoid system. Similar to THC, this specific compound interacts with our CB2 cell receptors. This results in helping our immune system regulate itself, relieve pain inflammation.

2- Flaxseeds

Flax is a big source of fiber and it possesses a lot of healthy-beneficial properties. These seeds are loaded with nutrients like omega-3, vitamin B1, vitamin B6 and many more. Adding flaxseed to our daily routine can even lower our cholesterol and blood pressure and help moderate our blood sugar levels.

The research found that flax acts in our immune system in the same way CBD does. It explains its anti-inflammatory effects.

3- Kava (Piper Methysticum)

Kava is in the same family as pepper. It has been mostly used by Western Pacific indigenous communities (Vanuatu, Fiji, Papua New Guinea, Micronesia, and Hawaii). Just like Cannabis, Kava can help relieve anxiety and aid enhance our sense of calmness and wellbeing. They are also both really good to relieve pain and inflammation.

Kava also contains a specific compound comparable to THC called Yangonin. It enhances feelings of happiness and helps to boost the mood. Some varieties o Kava contains more of that Yangonin compound than others, resulting in a more intense sensation of high.

4- Chinese Rhododendron

This beautiful flower has been used as medicine for a very long time in herbal medicine. It grows in the south of China. The Chinese rhododendron encloses powerful foliques acids miming the cannabinoids molecules and like cannabis, it holds a fair share of flavonoids and terpenes.

Studies showed that this plant is a good remedy for all kinds of infections even cancer.

5- Black Truffle

Black truffles are a type of fungus growing on the roots of certain trees. This very high in antioxidant mushroom also have anti-bacterial, anti-inflammatory, and anti-cancer properties. The very old "plant" is known to exist for 156 million years, cannabis, on the other hand, is believed to be 70-110 million years old.

Black truffle has been found to interact with our CB1 receptors because of the anandamide they stimulate in our bodies.

6- Cacao

Cacao is a superfood. A lot of people eat it to boost their mood.

This famous bean is believed to be beneficial for our blood pressure and our blood flow to the brain. This means it can augment our brain capacity to execute and coordinate daily tasks and can even be beneficial for long term degenerative diseases.

Just like the black truffle cacao interacts with our CB1 receptors and stimulates anandamide in our bodies.

7- Black Pepper

Black pepper is the dried unripe fruit of the Piper nigrum, a native Indian plant. Nowadays, it is used very often in our daily cooking and is referred to as" The King of Spices".

This common spice is high in antioxidants and has anti-inflammatory properties. Black pepper also promotes digestion and prevents diarrhea.

Black pepper is a phytocannabinoid (cannabinoid found in plants). It has very complementary chemical traits to cannabis. It also has been reported that when experiencing paranoia because of cannabis intake, eating a few peppercorns relief the feeling of anxiety and panic.

We at Leafly were curious: does chomping on peppercorns actually work? Sure enough, the next time a bit of unfortunate anxiety hit, even the smallest whiff of black pepper straight from the shaker was enough to quell any panic and anxiety, and the relief hit almost instantly.