Food, Health, Science

Seven Herbs That are High in Cannabinoids

Cannabinoids are some of the most important chemicals produced by cannabis plants. They interact with your body’s endocannaboid system (ECS) to produce a wide range of effects.

The endocannabinoid system (ECS) helps regulate a number of functions including appetite, mood, pain-sensation, memory, and more. That’s why when cannabinoids hit your endocannabinoid receptors, it triggers a bunch of responses throughout your body.

The interactions between cannabinoids and your endocannabinoid system (ECS) is how cannabis produces its effects. They’re what make you feel high. They are also how cannabis gives you medical effects.

Interestingly, cannabis isn’t the only plant that produces cannabinoids. There are a handful of herbs other than cannabis that are high in healing cannabinoids. Many of them also have chemicals that behave exactly like cannabinoids.

Green Tea

Tea is rich in catechins, and while they are not technically considered part of the cannabinoid family, they are what scientists call “cannabimimetic.”

That basically means they behave the same way cannabinoids do inside your body. A 2010 study found that green tea has an affinity for the endocannabinoid system (ECS).

The catechins in tea bind with receptors the same way cannabinoids from cannabis do. As a result, tea has anti-inflammatory and neuroprotective qualities—just like cannabis.

South African Helichrysum Flower

This South African flower contains significant amounts of cannabinoids. In particular, researchers have found a cannabinoid called CBG in this plant.

One researcher said that the plant is traditionally used “like hemp, to make fumes in ritual ceremonies.” Apparently, the helichrysum flower can produce effects similar to the ones produced by cannabis.

Electric Daisy

Electric daisies are known for being super powerful. The edible flowers are also called Szechuan buttons, buzz buttons, electric buttons, or toothache plant.

All these names refer to the unique properties of this flower. When you eat them, it feels like you’re chewing a battery. You will experience a strong tingling, mouth-numbing sensation.

Beyond that, the flowers can also be used as painkillers. All of these qualities come from the cannabinoids these flowers make.

In particular, this plant contains N-isobutylamides. This cannabinoid binds with your CB2 receptors to reduce pain and inflammation.

Flax Seeds

In 2012, researchers discovered that flax produces a compound that is basically a mirror image of cannabidiol (CBD).

CBD is one of the main cannabinoids in cannabis. It mellows out the effects of THC. It’s also responsible for a lot of cannabis’s medical properties.

And it turns out that flax produces its own version of CBD. Researchers say that, because of this chemical, there are “many new applications for medical flax products.” That includes being used as “a material for wound dressing with anti-inflammatory properties.”

Black Truffles

Black truffles are unique in the world of cannabinoid-producing herbs. That’s because they produce anandamide.

That chemical is technically an “endocannabinoid,” which means it’s a cannabinoid usually produced by animals instead of herbs. Anandamide is basically like your body’s version of THC. It makes you feel good.

And according to a 2015 study, black truffles also create it. That could be part of why people love eating them so much.


Echinacea is most commonly used to treat colds. In fact, you’ve probably taken echinacea lozenges when you’ve got a sore throat or a cough. It’s also very similar to cannabis.

Like cannabis, the plant is good at treating pain and inflammation. It’s also a good booster for your immune system.

Not surprisingly, it’s all because the plant produces cannabimimetic chemicals that bind to CB1 receptors. That’s exactly what cannabis does.


Chocolate is made out of cocoa. There’s a chemical reason why people love chocolate so much.

It’s because cocoa has tons of chemicals that trigger the pleasure centers of your brain. In fact, cocoa produces anandamide, the same endocannabinoid found in black truffles.

When you eat cocoa, this chemical hits your brain and triggers tons of feel-good activity. It’s basically the same chemical process that gives you the good feelings of being high that you get after smoking cannabis.

There’s no denying that cannabinoids are powerful compounds. While interacting with your endocannabinoid system (ECS), they trigger all sorts of reactions in your body.

They give you the feeling of being high and euphoric. Additionally, cannabinoids give cannabis its anti-inflammatory, pain-killing, and munchies-inducing properties.

As you can see, there are several herbs other than cannabis that are high in healing cannabinoids.

Cannabis will always be the king of cannabinoids and there are many other health benefits provided by this wonder plant. Patients all over the world are planning and scheduling cannabis intake, just like they do other medications in their life. Cannabis will continue to save and change lives all over the world. It’s only right that these other herbs get the same spot-light.

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