Cannabinoids Occur Naturally in Several Plants Besides Cannabis
The endocannabinoid system (ECS) occurs naturally in human and animal bodies as a network of cell receptors and corresponding molecules. It regulates many of the body’s functions, including sleep, immunity, mood, appetite and pain. Marijuana contains cannabinoids which are compounds that directly trigger the CB1 and CB2 cannabinoid receptors in the body that make up the ESC. This is why marijuana has so many medicinal benefits and is able to greatly affect the body in a positive way. Endocannabinoids found in marijuana have a powerful effect on the body but there are some encannabinoid-like compounds found in plants that also work with the ESC to help people move towards health and wholeness.
Different Types of CannabinoidsCannabinoids produced in plants are called phytocannabinoids, the ones produced in the body are called endocannabinoids, and those made in a lab are simply known as synthetic cannabinoids. Most people who consume marijuana have heard about some cannabinoids, including THC, CBD, THCV and CBC, which act in a very direct way on the endocannabinoid system in people. As more and more research is conducted and completed, more cannabinoids and cannabimimetic compounds have been discovered in a wider variety of plants that have the power to have a healing effect on the body. The compounds found in these plants are not the same as the phytocannabinoids found in marijuana plants but they are still able to positively affect the encannabinoid system. Each one works a little differently.
1. EchinaceaThis plant, usually used for its ability to boost the immune system, has been found to contain cannabimimetic n-alkylamides, which are compounds that affect the CB2 receptors, producing very powerful anti-inflammatory responses in the body.
The Japanese and New Zealand variety of liverwort have cannabimimetic compounds, which are compounds that communicate with the endocannabinoid system. Perrottetinene and perrottetinene acid are found in the plant and these compounds are extremely similar to THC. Like THC, they also affect the CB1 receptors.