The marijuana industry has been known to have the exclusivity of CBD among their high priced products for quite some time. When the endocannabinoid system was discovered in 1992, the surge of medical marijuana happened across the world. They’d like for you to continue to believe that marijuana is exclusive to CBD healing, but that isn’t the truth.
The industry of marijuana has frequently interchanged the words marijuana and hemp, to the point where the two seemed to be the same plant. Most believe the two plants are the same plant, however they are not. Even mainstream reporters for CBS, ABC, and CNN are not painting a clear picture for consumers.
Hemp and marijuana are from the same family of plants, like chihuahuas and dobermans are from the same canine family. However it would be misleading to sell a chihuahua as a doberman just because they are in the same family. This is what is happening with hemp and marijuana. It is extremely misleading to refer to marijuana as harmless hemp, when they are not remotely the same plant. Each plant’s compounds can be compared to each other, however they are not concurrent or produce the same percentages.
Hemp is a plant with high CBD levels and extremely low THC levels. THC is the compound that makes a person feel high. Studies show that large amounts of CBD counteract the high feeling of THC, which is why the super strains of medical marijuana were bred to lower the CBD ratio and increase the THC ratio. The medical marijuana industry’s goal is to create the best high, which is not possible with large amounts of CBD because of the counteractive effects of CBD on THC.
In the last year, the surge of CBD products has skyrocketed with the emergence of hemp. The medical marijuana industry claims they have the only real CBD products while downgrading hemp as not effective. That is also, not true. The hemp industry’s niche is that their CBD products do not have THC, unlike medical marijuana.
What the Marijuana Industry Doesn’t Want You to Know
The endocannabinoid system can be activated and maintained by other plants, all of which are perfectly legal. You can purchase CBD products in your health food and grocery stores right now. You don’t need a special license, get a prescription, or jump through hoops to get the benefits of CBD immediately.
Here is the list of plants that can help you achieve the same goal as medical marijuana without the hassle.
1. Hemp. Hemp is the highest source of CBD that communicates with receptors in the endocannabinoid system. However, expensive hemp oil products (although convenient) are not the only method of delivery. Hemp hearts, hemp protein, hemp oil for cooking (should be in the refrigerated section of your health store), and hemp seeds all carry CBD benefits and can be purchased here.
Hemp does have trace amounts of THC, so if you are screened regularly for drug testing, take the same precautions you would as you do with poppy seeds. Poppy seeds have been known to create a false positive on drug screening for opiates. Although it is unlikely that hemp would trigger a false positive, it always best to be safe. There are Pure CBD oil sources with all THC removed. You can purchase them here.
2. Echinacea. Echinacea contains compounds that feed the endocannabinoid system like a cannabinoid. These compounds are known as NAA’s and interact with the CB2 receptors.
Echinacea can be purchased here and found in any health food store and in most grocery stores as a supplement or tea. Avoid echinacea tincture or extract (unless its alcohol free). Echinacea is most soluble in water based herbal preparations like tea or capsules.
3. Oxeye Plants. Also known as Heliopsis helianthoides, the oxeye plant mimics echinacea with many of the same compounds, interacting with the CB2 receptors of the endocannabinoid system.
Not to be confused with Ox-Eye Daisies. I couldn’t find a place to purchase a supplement but I did find lots of seeds to purchase and grow your own!
4. Electric Daisy. Also known as the toothache plant, the electric daisy also acts on the CB2 receptors.
Electric Daisy has been known in the herbal world as a natural pain killer and powerful anti-inflammatory.
You can purchase electric daisy here.
5. Helichrysum umbraculigerum. Known to have compounds very similar to CBG, this plant has recently been compared to hemp for its attributes. It has been used in remedies for mood stabilizing and as a natural anti-depressant.
You can purchase helichrysum here. Just a note of caution, please do not use essential oils internally. This is a very dangerous practice and can cause toxicity.
6. Liverwort. Suspected to act on the CB1 receptors, liverwort is non-psychoactive. It has been used for centuries in gallbladder, liver, and bladder herbal remedies.
You can purchase liverwort powder here.
7. Chocolate. Raw cacao has been known by many marijuana smokers to help deliver a stronger, longer high. However, cacao on its own has many benefits. In 1996, a study done in San Diego found that the compounds in chocolate act like cannabinoids and engage all the receptors.
8. Black Pepper. Black pepper contains a large amount of terpenes called BCP. BCP functions a lot like a cannabinoid in that it also engages the CB2 receptor.
9. Maca. Maca enzymes called called N-benzylamines have been shown to tone the endocannabinoid system and provide a boost.
You can purchase Maca here, or look for it in your health food store.
10. Black Truffles. Black truffles have been touted and studied by the Italians as having a large amount of AEA, a compound that effects the CB1 receptor of the endocannabinoid system.
You can purchase Black Truffle products in your specialty grocery store, or online.
11. Rosemary. Rosemary is rich in terpene BCP which engages the CB2 receptors.
Rosemary is readily available throughout the world and can easily be found locally or online. You can purchase high quality rosemary here or grow it yourself!
12. Kava. Kava has a compound called yangonin, which interacts with the CB1 receptor. Kava has been used for anxiety, stress, and pain relief because of its incredible effect on the central nervous system.
You can purchase Kava here, or look for it in your health food store.
13. Flax. Flax seed has recently been reported to produce CBD, just like hemp and marijuana. Unlike hemp, no trace of THC is found.
Flax is found commonly throughout the world. A note of caution, flax oil in stores is rancid. Flax is not a stable oil, which is why it is found in the refrigerated section of the stores. When purchasing flax, buy the whole seed and grind it yourself in a coffee grinder designated for your flax supplements. Even the ground flax is unstable and is usually rancid.
To guarantee your flax is fresh, grow it yourself! It is an easy plant to grow and the flowers are beautiful. The entire plant is medicinal and can be juiced and eaten.
14. Chinese Rhododendron. Chinese Rhododendron contains cannabinoid like compounds called CBCs. CBCs also engage the endocannabinoid system.
I searched everywhere for a Chinese Rhododendron supplement with no luck. If you find one, please let me know.
BONUS: This list wouldn’t be complete if I didn’t mention carrots and broccoli. Both vegetables are currently being studied because compounds in both plant families are seemingly engaging the endocannabinoid system, specifically both the CB1 and CB2 receptors.
So perhaps eating your veggies really will make you happy!