Non-Marijuana Plants That Contain Cannabinoids

Which other plants produce similar cannabinoids the one’s cannabis plants do.
23 February 2021
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Non-Marijuana Plants That Contain Cannabinoids

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Apart from the endocannabinoids our body produces naturally to regulate and balance many processes such as immune response, communication between cells, appetite, and metabolism there is another type known as phytocannabinoids which are the cannabinoids produced by plants. These phytocannabinoids were believed to be produced only by cannabis plants but recent research has discovered that other plants also produce cannabinoids, in this article you'll read about the naturally occurring vegetation that produces them.

1. Cannabinoids and the Endocannabinoid System

The endocannabinoid system plays a role in regulating physiological processes including appetite, pain-sensation, mood, and memory, depending on the receptor that the specific cannabinoid binds to.

 

Non-marijuana cannabinoids: endocannabinoid system

Cannabinoid receptors to which cannabinoids bind to.
 

The naturally occurring cannabinoids that bind to the cannabinoid receptors are produced internally by humans and animals but there are other types of cannabinoids that will affect your body in a similar way.

Despite all of them being chemical compounds that can affect our mind and body in different ways, they’re divided into categories based on where they originate from.

 

EndocannabinoidsPhytocannabinoidsSynthetic cannabinoids
Endo = insidePhyto = plantsSynthetic = man-made
Produced internally in our bodyProduced by plantsProduced in laboratories

 

 Cannabinoids Receptors

The endocannabinoid system contains endocannabinoid receptors that are responsible for binding them in order for them to take action, these receptors are divided into two main types: CB1 and CB2.

The CB1 receptors are mostly found in your head and are thought to be the receptors that THC binds to while CB2 are mostly found in the lower part of your body, and are thought to be the receptors that CBD binds to.

 

Non-marijuana cannabinoids: cannabinoid receptors

Cannabinoids and their respective cannabinoid receptors.
 
The effects a specific cannabinoid provides depends on where the receptor is located, this is why, for example, CBD relaxes your muscles and may increase appetite while THC enhances, for example, colors, aromas, or flavors.

But despite cannabinoids being produced in several different ways, the cannabinoids that growers are interested in are phytocannabinoids and are found not only in cannabis plants but also in a wide variety of household plants.

3. Non-cannabis plants that produce cannabinoids

Now that you know about synthetic cannabinoids, endocannabinoids, and phytocannabinoids, let’s talk about cannabimimetics.

Cannabimimetics are compounds that mimic cannabinoids and can interact with the endocannabinoid system, having the same or similar effects to the effects you’ll experience with other types of cannabinoids.

So in this article, we’ll talk about plants that produce either phytocannabinoids or cannabimimetics, without including cannabis (obviously), these plants are and are super easy to obtain, and best of all, they’re legal!

Cacao

Cacao is a superfood that contains several different beneficial chemicals such as theobromine, phenylethylamine, tryptophan, and anandamide, which help make serotonin and melatonin.

Serotonin is the key hormone that stabilizes your mood and the feeling of well-being or happiness, helping with sleeping disorders, eating, and digestion while melatonin is a hormone associated with our sleep-wake cycle and can be used to treat insomnia, for example.

 

Non-marijuana cannabinoids: cacao

Raw organic cacao contains anandamide which is the body's natural version of THC.
 

Despite containing all of the compounds cited above, this superfood contains anandamide in higher concentrations than the rest of the chemicals which is an endocannabinoid naturally produced by the human brain.

This compound regulates mood, memory, appetite, and pain perception, and is often called the body’s natural version of THC due to the feeling of happiness we get when it’s released, similar to the satisfaction you would get after exercising (aka runner’s high). 

Just have in mind that to be able to get the benefits of cacao, you will need raw, organic cacao so you won’t get it from processed products such as milk chocolate because milk blocks the absorption of said chemicals.

Black Pepper 

Black Pepper is a very common herb, used for cooking and possibly found in all homes around the globe but what most people don’t know is that black pepper contains lots of beta-caryophyllene.

 

Non-marijuana cannabinoids: black pepper

Black pepper contains high amounts of beta-caryophyllene.
 

This is the terpene that gives cannabis strains that peppery/spicy smell, and apart from the peppery smell, beta-caryophyllene also acts on the CB2 receptors, just like CBD does, providing a potent anti-inflammatory effect that can ease joint pain easily.

Coneflower

Coneflower is a beautiful brigh-pink flower usually used as a cold remedy but has a lot in common with cannabis when talking about the cannabinoid system.

 

Non-marijuana cannabinoids: coneflower

This beautiful flower can alleviate migraines, anxiety and fatigue!
 

This plant engages with the CB1 receptor, but despite being with cannabimimetic rather than cannabinoids, this plant can relieve anxiety, migraines, fatigue, and arthritis due to the natural amides it contains, which provide very similar effects to those produced by THC.

Helichrysum

Helichrysum contains large amounts of CBG which is the same phytocannabinoid found in cannabis plants and is most often used as an antidepressant and mood stabilizer.

 

Non-marijuana cannabinoids: helichrysum

Helichrysum contains high amounts of CBG.
 

Unfortunately, due to the current laws, it’s very hard to study more about CBG in this kind of flower but it’s a fact that this compound produces said effect and has been widely used in ritual ceremonies for its psychotropic effects which are very similar to cannabis.

Black Truffles

Black truffles produce the same anandamide that cannabis and cacao produce, providing in a runner’s high type of effect. This chemical binds to the CB1 receptor, helping regulate mood and pain perception.

 

Non-marijuana cannabinoids: black truffles

Black truffles contain a chemical similar to THC.
 

Just have in mind that before consuming a lot of black truffles or any other plant or herb, you should research and know what you're doing because you could be allergic and have a bad time.

Japanese Liverwort

Japanese liverwort does not have any psychotropic effects but contains high amounts of perrotentinenic acid, a cannabinoid similar to THC.

 

Non-marijuana cannabinoids: japanese liverwort

Japanese liverwort contains perrotentinenic acid which binds to CB1 receptors.
 

Due to binding with the CB1 receptors, this plant has similar effects to cannabis and can be used to treat liver, bladder, and gallbladder, and for treating bronchitis and chronic respiratory problems.

Kava

Kava is typically used for making medicinal teas to relieve anxiety, chronic pain, and for its sedative effects, this plant is full of kavalactones.

 

Non-marijuana cannabinoids: kava

Kava contains kavalactones which bind to the CB1 receptors, just like THC.
 

This plant has been used for years as a treatment for addiction due to interacting with CB1 receptors in the central nervous system just like THC.

Electric Daisy

Electric daisy has been used for years in the Amazon region due to the pain-numbing properties, more recent research has discovered that this plant actually blocks the pain receptors at the nerve endings. 

 

Non-marijuana cannabinoids: electric daisy

Electric daisy engages with the CB2 receptors and can regulate pain and inflammation.
 

This plant offers an effective way to relieve pain due to the cannabinoid it contains; N-isobutylamide actually engages with the CB2 receptors, regulating pain and inflammation all across your body.

Now, have in mind that most of the plants won’t get you high unless consumed in huge amounts, because despite containing cannabinoids, the amounts are low when compared to cannabis but are a great alternative for those who don’t want to get high but still want the beneficial properties that cannabinoids and terpenes provide.

 

Plant or herbConsumptionPlant or herbConsumption
CacaoEaten rawBlack trufflesEaten raw
Black pepperEaten rawElectric daisyOil
ConeflowerTeaJapanese liverwortTea
HelichrysumOilKavaTea

 

Remember that if you were to consume any of these plants, you will have to do accordingly to the type of plant to get the best results possible, so to help you we've come up with the table above.

DIY Herbal Blend Recipe

Apart from the plants and herbs mentioned above, there are several others that are beneficial for humans despite not containing cannabinoids such as Mullein, Skullcap, Mugwort, Mint, Sage, and Uva-ursi.

 

EffectPlant or herb
Anti-inflammatoryMullein and Skullcap
AntibacterialSage and Uva-ursi
Against insomniaMugwort
Alleviate painMint

 

If you don’t wanna have to deal with making teas or oils, here’s a quick recipe to help you make your own herbal smoking blend, just have in mind that you will need different herbs based on your personal preference and what effect you wish to have.

 

Non-marijuana cannabinoids: smokeable herbal blend

Make your own smokeable herbal blend with 100% legal plants and herbs.
 

First of all, you will need to grow the herbs or buy them fresh, then slowly dry them and after they’re completely dry, crush them into small bit, just like you would do with cannabis flowers, then you can go ahead and prepare your blend with the following:

  • 50% Mullein;
  • 40% Mugwort and Skullcap (or Uva-ursi for a tobacco-like quality);
  • 10% Mint or Sage.

And now it’s just a matter of rolling them and enjoying, just remember that this is a general recipe, so if you’d like to use it for a specific symptom, you can substitute one of the herbs for any other you prefer.

4. In Conclusion

Despite not being as strong as cannabis flowers, all of these plants and herbs will be beneficial in one way or another, if consumed properly. Have in mind that you may be allergic to some of them so make sure you are sure what you can and cannot consume before trying any of them.

If you have your own herbal blend recipe or know a better way to benefit from any of these plants and herbs, share your tips with fellow growers, leave a comment in the comment section below!

 

 

External References:

  1. A closer look at cannabimimetic terpenes, polyphenols, and flavonoids: a promising road forward. Neural Regeneration Research. - Cavalli, Juliana & Dutra, Rafael Cypriano. (2021).
  2. Terpenoids, Cannabimimetic Ligands, beyond the Cannabis Plant. Molecules. - Gonçalves, Elaine & Baldasso, Gabriela & Assunção Bicca, Maíra & Paes, Rodrigo & Capasso, Raffaele & Dutra, Rafael. (2020). 
  3. Cannabis sativa Terpenes are Cannabimimetic and Provide Support for the Entourage Effect Hypothesis.  - LaVigne, Justin & Hecksel, Ryan & Keresztes, Attila & Streicher, John. (2020). 

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