Top 5 cannabinoid plants
Most people think that hemp is the only plant that has cannabinoids for a very long time. But it turns out that cannabinoid-like compounds are found in other types of plants. This is great news as we explore new ways to keep our endocannabinoid system (ECS) at its best (which allows our body to function optimally).
Yes, the sunflower contains cannabinoid-like compounds. Unfortunately, these are not the ones found in our gardens or on the shelves of grocery stores. The genus Helichrysum, composed of 600 varieties of sunflowers, is native to South Africa and contains phytocannabinoids of the type cannabigerol (CBG) called amorfrutins. Among other things, amorfrutins are currently being studied for their impact on healthy lipid and glucose metabolism.
Echinacea has been used for therapeutic purposes for thousands of years, so it's not too surprising to find that it contains cannabinoid-like compounds. More specifically, some species of echinacea contain cannabimimetics called N-alkylamides (NAA) which are not exactly similar to cannabinoids but which nevertheless trigger the cannabinoid receptors CB2. ANA are currently being studied for their immunomodulatory potential.
The black truffle, very popular with rabassiers (French truffle hunters) with their well-trained pigs and truffle sniffers, is not only precious for its culinary quality. These incredibly expensive mushrooms, which sell for more than 1000 euros per kg (which gives them the nickname “black diamonds”) contain anandamide. Anandamide is a cannabinoid-like compound that has been dubbed “bliss molecule” for its role in stimulating feelings of happiness and mental well-being. *
This simple basic pantry product does more than add a little bite to your favorite foods. Black pepper also contains beta-caryophyllene (BCP), a terpene found in cannabis (but in much higher concentrations). BCP has been found to have many health benefits and is being studied for a variety of reasons, including neuroprotection.
Here's another reason to love chocolate: Cocoa, the key ingredient in chocolate, contains beneficial N-acylethanolamines (NAE). NAEs are cannabinoid fatty acids that can increase the activity of anandamide (the “happiness molecule” mentioned above) in the body, which may explain why consumption of chocolate creates type effects euphoric.
As you can see, phytocannabinoids are not just for cannabis sativa L even though they turn out to be the richest source of these substances. What we are curious to see, while new studies are in progress, is this: since our body needs a balanced diet rich in nutrients to support our general health, could we also benefit from various sources phytocannabinoids to support our SCE? Only the future will tell us.