Nature is pretty incredible. Besides cannabis, there are several plants that produce the same therapeutic phytocannabinoids (cannabinoids produced by plants) including superfoods and common herbs. Here are 8 you probably have in your pantry right now.
1. Black Pepper
Not only does it also contain a large amount of the terpene that gives some marijuana strains that cracked black pepper smell, it’s also a got major anti-inflammatory properties to ease ailments like osteoporosis and arthritis.
Rosemary, along with black pepper, both share a compound called BCP (beta-caryophyllene) that acts like a cannabinoid. It’s the same compound that gives the plants a peppery flavor.
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BCP also helps fight depression and anxiety, as well as ulcers when combined with THC and/or CBD.
Typically used somewhat as a sedative (i.e. in tea), Kava’s effects are similar to cannabis in that it contains a compound that binds to the same receptor as THC — primarily in areas of the brain related to cravings, which makes kava a desirable aid in treating addiction.
Maca contains compounds that emulate CBD by prohibiting an enzyme that breaks down endocannabinoids, which in turn increases the amount of them in your system causing a boost to your overall system, including mood.
This fan favorite superfood contains many therapeutic chemicals that boost mood. It’s also rich in anandamide, a naturally occurring endocannabinoid that regulates mood, memory, appetite, and pain perception.
Its euphoric nature is like a lingering runner’s high. To unlock the magic of cacao, make sure you get it from raw, organic cacao, not processed (i.e. candy)
6. Black truffles
Just like cacao (and cannabis), black truffles contain the same anandamide properties that regulate mood and pain perception, among other things. Plus, truffles pre-date cannabis by about 50 million years (and taste better on pasta).
Also known as coneflower, echinacea is usually mentioned in the same company as “colds,” but it’s capable of so much more. The plant contains bio-active compounds similar to THC that relieve anxiety, headaches, and arthritis by regulating the immune system.
8. Flax seeds
Already a superfood, flax seeds have been found to produce compounds similar to CBD that act as anti-oxidants.