What On Earth Are Cannabinoids…?
We are sure you have heard the term cannabinoids (Cannabis oil or phytocannabinoids) but what are they and where do they come from?
Cannabinoids do not just come from Cannabis Oil (Cannabis Sativa/Hemp). Cannabinoids are found in many everyday common plants that we may have in our gardens…!
Cannabinoids can be defined, at least in terms of their actual function, as compounds that bind to specific receptors of the Endocannabinoid System (ECS). Until a few decades ago we thought that only the human body could produce these compounds. Our body does make their own compounds similar to what is found in the Cannabis plant and other garden plants. In the past few years, researchers have discovered many compounds that bind to and interact with the same ECS receptors. They all have a different molecular structure however.
So what plants have cannabinoids other than Hemp…?
Black Pepper B-caryophyllene is the cannabimimetic (non comparable but having similar pharmacological effects to those of cannabis) compound found in Black Pepper, mostly in the essential oil. Interesting fact, B-caryophyllene is also the component that police sniffer dogs pick up in cannabis. Black pepper essential oil is known to possibly offer relief for a wide range of ailments, and the most commonly used to date is it’s positive effects on Turmeric, piperine enhances curcumin (from Turmeric) absorption in the body by up to 2,000%. Combining theses spices magnifies their effects.
Copaiba is an essential oil derived from the Copaifera tree and the oil is made from the resin/sticky sap that trees secrete through their bark. Copaiba oil is used for possible health purposes and also contains beta-caryophyllene (like Black Pepper) in a similar pharmacological effect.
Some others of note include: Echinacea, Electric Daisy, Strawflower (Helichrysum) & Tea Shrub.
But we are sure everyone would agree the most (or least!!) surprising of all is COCOA… Yes, chocolate is good for you and it’s a real mood lifter. Pure, dark chocolate interacts with the ECS by, among other functions, breaking down anandamide, one of the body’s own naturally produced feel good chemicals.
Cannabis oil certainly has many similar friends in Mother Natures world of plants.
The information on this webpage is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease. We do not in any way guarantee or warrant the accuracy, completeness, or usefulness of any message and will not be held responsible for the content of any message. It has not been written by a Medical Doctor, nor purported to be one. We have no liability for any illnesses or damages incurred, as there are no recommendations, only information guides. Always consult your personal physician for specific medical advice. For non-therapeutic and topical use only in Australia. To be used strictly in accordance with Australian Hemp Regulations for non-human consumption.