5 foods rich in beneficial cannabinoids

It’s our endocannabinoid system that essentially regulates all our basic bodily functions- endo, meaning originating within the body and Cannabinoid, the name that refers to the group of compounds within the body that activates this system.

This system consists of a series of receptors that are configured only to accept cannabinoids, especially CBD and THC and it’s no secret that cannabinoids are a vital part of human health. Although the Endocannabinoid system performs differently in each tissue in the body, the overall goal is always the same-to maintain stable internal conditions to survive!

These cannabinoid receptors are found all throughout the body, giving them a wide variety of functions! Some people choose to use cannabis because of the ‘high’ and affects on the mind associated with it, while others, use cannabinoids to support their body.

We all know that cannabis is rich in cannabinoids which are essential to our health, but did you know that some other foods also contain healing cannabinoid compounds that compliment our ECS system too.

Although you may hear the term cannabinoid mostly in the cannabis world, you are surrounded by different types of them meaning you can benefit from them without using cannabis at all.

Here are five foods that are fundamental to supporting your ECS system and offer benefits similar to cannabis…

  1. Cacao

Cacoa is an amazing superfood that has many benefits and contains many chemicals that support healthy and happy brain function. These chemicals are: theobromine, phenylethylamine, tryptophan, and anandamide. The last of these chemicals anandamide, is naturally produced in the brain and helps to regulate many functions.

However, don’t be fooled…you can’t battle your way through bars of chocolate and hope this works. In order to reap the benefits, it is important that the cocoa is raw and organic.

  1. Black Pepper

Believe it or not, black pepper has a lot in common with cannabis and of the aroma molecules found in the pepper plays a role as a cannabinoid. Black pepper also contains a large amount of a terpene which is also found in strains of cannabis like girl scout cookies and OG kush which is why a peppery smell can be smelt when using these terpenes.

  1. Echinacea

Although most well-known for treating colds and flu, echinacea shares lots in common with the cannabis plant specifically engaging the CB1 receptor in the ECS system.

  1. Black Truffles

This anandamide molecule, which is also found in cocao and cannabis, is also created in black truffles. This molecule which often enough is referred to as the “bliss” molecule, is known regulate many bodily functions.

  1. Kava

Kava is the drink of Fiji! With similar properties to that of THC, elements in kava bind to CB1 receptors in brain locations. Kava, works with the CB1 receptor which is in the central nervous system.