The human body is an intricate web of systems, all working simultaneously and to keep us alive. We have the respiratory system, the digestive system, the nervous system and many more. However there is one system you may not have heard of. It is known as the endocannabanoid system. This system is responsible for maintaining our internal balance, known as homeostasis. Some of the foods we consume contain cannabanoids, our endocannabanoid system uses these and other chemicals like these in many medicinal ways. Here are five foods containing cannabanoids, that you can easily add to your diet!
1. Kava (Piper Methysticum)
Kava is the national drink of Fiji, used by locals for centuries as a natural treatment for addiction. Molecules within the Kava bind with CB1 receptors located in parts of the brain that are associated with addictions and cravings. Kava is also widely used as a medicinal tea to aid with anxiety and even help alleviate some chronic pains.
2. Cacao (Theobroma Cacao)
Raw, organic Theobroma Cacao is very rich in the chemical Anandamide, an endocannabanoid that our brains naturally produce on their own. Anandamide is known as the “bliss” neurotransmitter because it causes feelings of euphoria when released in the brain. It is often referred to as the bodies natural replication of THC. Which is why after you’ve eaten some nice decadent dark chocolate you feel relaxed and happy!
3. Black Pepper (Piper Nigrum)
Black pepper is a powerful healing herb, that actually has a lot in common with the cannabis plant. Black pepper contains a large amount of Beta-Caryophyllene (BCP), its aroma molecule. BCP acts as a cannabanoid by binding to the brains CB2 receptors. Giving the therapeutic effect of reducing inflammation and pain. BCP is currently being considered for medicinal uses in diseases such as Osteoporosis and Arthritis. It could also potentially increase the effectiveness of some anti-cancer medications.
4. Black Truffles (Piper Methysticum)
Similar to the cannabis and cacao plants, black truffles also produce anandamide. This tiny molecule is responsible for our appetite, memory, mood, and perception of pain. The chemical binds with our CB1 receptors, located in our central nervous systems.
5. Coneflower (Echinacea)
Unlike the others, Echinacea engages the endo cannabanoid system by way of cannabamimitecs as opposed to cannabanoids themselves. Attaching to our CB2 receptors, which gives it the ability to help us with fatigue, anxiety, arthritis, inflammation and even the common cold! There is another property of this plant that is healing, the N alkyl amides or (NAAs). Acting the same as THC would in a human body it helps to regulate immune systems, inflammation and pain.