Somebody asked me recently if “cannabinoids can be found in plants other than cannabis?” I think that’s because many people are nervous about taking CBD oil because if its associations with an illegal drug.
Of course, it’s worth noting that CBD oil is manufactured from hemp and not cannabis and it’s perfectly legal.
However, that doesn’t answer the question, does it? And the answer is, “Yes, there are other plants that produce cannabinoids”
Yes! Everyone’s favorite sweet food is linked to cannabinoids. It doesn’t actually produce cannabinoids of its own but it does help your body to produce them.
Endocannabinoids are the body’s natural versions of CBD oil and there’s a chemical in chocolate (cacao to be precise) that stops the body from breaking down the natural endocannabinoids and instead, encourages it to stockpile the chemicals instead.
Echinacea is a firm favorite of the natural remedies world and it’s possibly because many of the chemicals in the pink plant with a spiky center are related to cannabinoids.
They have been demonstrated to act on the body’s cannabinoid receptors in much the same way as cannabis’s cannabinoids do. (Try and say that twice fast).
I saved my favorite until last. Peppers are linked to a lot of health benefits and I will admit, even if they weren’t, they are linked to some enormous taste benefits when it comes to making food. They too contain a substance called terpene which acts as a cannabinoid on the body’s receptors.
So why don’t we use these substances for CBD oil preparation? Well, firstly, these natural cannabinoids aren’t the same as CBD which is the part of hemp that has been shown, so far, to have the most medicinal benefit. Secondly, they don’t contain enough of them to extract them in significant quantities in an economical manner.
So, it’s best to stick to buying CBD oil made from hemp and I can recommend Lazarus Naturals as a good place to buy yours from.