Cannabis may be illegal in many parts of this world, but phytocannabinoids, endocannabinoids, and plants that mimic the effects of cannabis are legally sold and grown all around!. Surprisingly, these compounds can also be found in other plants.
Phytocannabinoids, which are cannabinoids found in cannabis, as well as various plants, are responsible for activating CB1 or CB2 receptors, which signal messages to the endocannabinoid system (ECS), an internal system that controls homeostasis and contributes to the health of body and brain. Endocannabinoids, also known as endogenous cannabinoids, signal molecules deriving from lipid precursors that exhibit their effects when activating cannabinoid receptors (CB1 and CB2).
If you are interested in plants that can help your endocannabinoid system in addition to your cannabis use, look no further than your garden or local supermarket. There are a variety of spices, herbs, plants, and vegetables that have cannabimimetic effects – as well as another dessert you wouldn't expect!
Spices: Cinnamon, Clove, Oregano and Black Pepper
Beta-caryophyllene- is a cannabinoid found in cinnamon, Clove, Oregano & Black Pepper. While there’s still much to be learned about beta-caryophyllene, scientific research has discovered some great potential benefits, which can be seen below:
Herbs: Echinacea & Rue
Echinacea and rue have been identified as two naturally and abundantly growing herbs that are significant CB2 reactors.
Commonly found in drug stores, echinacea is a plant-based over-the-counter supplement that is believed to ward off the common cold and relieve various respiratory ailments. The endocannabinoids alkylamides and anandamide (AEA) are found in echinacea, bind to the CB2 receptor and, like the THC cannabinoid, greatly inhibits inflammation. According to sciencedirect.com, "Alkylamides represent a class of lipidic compounds structurally related to animal endocannabinoids. Based on the structural similarity of these compounds to anandamide (N-arachidonoylethanolamine), an endogenous cannabinoid cerebral neurotransmitter, alkamides are highly active in the central nervous system. Despite their several biological activities, their immunomodulatory and analgesic properties are most important therapeutic applications."
Rue, a common strong-smelling herb found in the Balkans, has a compound called rutamarin that has a selective affinity to the CB2 receptor. Rutamarin is known for its sedative and antiviral effects, though it's poisonous in large doses.
Plants: Helichrysum & Liverworts
Cannabigerol (CBG), a phytocannabinoid found in cannabis, is a chemical in the Cannabis sativa plant. It does not affect thinking like some of the other ingredients in this plant. CBG has not been studied in humans. But there is interest in its use for various neurologic disorders, abnormal levels of cholesterol or blood fats, and to stimulate appetite.
CBG is also found in the aromatic and mood-regulating essential oil of helichrysum. Helichrysum is a small perennial herb with narrow, silver leaves and flowers that form a cluster of golden yellow, ball-shaped blossoms. CBG activates the endocannabinoid system by means of inhibiting anandamide uptake. Commonly referred to as the “bliss molecule,” anandamide appears to correlate to feelings of well-being and happiness. By inhibiting the uptake of anandamide, CBG accumulates and increases its known psychotropic and therapeutic effects.
Aside from cannabis, liverworts are a common New Zealand plant that have been identified as one of the few plants to contain a CB1 cannabinoid. Compared with THC, however, the molecule (−)-cis-perrottetinene (also known as cis-PET) found in liverworts is a less-potent psychoactive cannabinoid. It is, however, a legal psychoactive substance that has been used to obtain a “legal high” in Switzerland and New Zealand.
Veggies: Broccoli, Kale & Sprouts
The family of the plant genus Brassica contains many vegetables you might see on a daily basis — broccoli, cauliflower, kale, cabbage, brussels sprouts, and cabbage. The same anti-cancer dietary molecule found in both Brassica vegetables and cannabis has been identified as a CB2 receptor agonist that activates anti-inflammatory effects, according to this Benzinga article.
The Surprise: Chocolate
Cacao, the primary ingredient in chocolate, is not a phytocannabinoid and does not have any cannabimimetic effects. It was thought that that chocolate contains anandamide, but it isn't exactly true. Cacao contains an anandamide reuptake inhibitor. Endocannabinoid reuptake inhibitors (eCBRIs), also called cannabinoid reuptake inhibitors (CBRIs), are drugs which limit the reabsorption of endocannabinoid neurotransmitters by the releasing neuron. This means that cocoa boosts anandamide in the body by decreasing the enzyme FAAH which readily metabolizes anandamide, similar to the behavior of helichrysum.
Cannabinoids can help in various ways, and the above sources are great if you are concerned about the psychoactive effects of THC. Otherwise, you can supplement your THC intake with the above veggies and herbs to help your "high." please reach out to our office with any questions; we love to help!
Human Resources & Outreach Coordinator
Ten years ago Marijuana was just a "Drug" to me. I didn't know anything about it besides people referring to is as a "drug" or people telling me "it just gets you high." Back then, I didn't want anything to do with it, given all the bad publicity that came with it.
Then I met my Fiancé who has PTSD. He was a daily user and was trying to get me to use and I would always refuse. At the time, I thought he just wanted to be high but, that just wasn't me. After a few years of seeing him use and benefit from marijuana, I became more open to the idea but, I didn't want to get addicted to anything due to past family history. I would only smoke a little bit but, because I still felt like I was in the wrong, I never got the full benefit of it because I wasn't intaking it like I should.
Seeing my Fiancé get the relief he needed made me want to expanded my learning and knowledge about marijuana. After working at B&B Consulting for a year, I became more open about Medical Marijuana. I saw the benefits first hand because of all the patients it helped. Hearing their great success stories and their experiences made me want to keep learning.
After about a year and a half, I learned and absorbed enough information to became a Medical Marijuana Consultant, and that allowed me to teach patients about Marijuana use. In that time I have helped a lot of people learn that you don't only have to smoke marijuana, or that you don't necessarily need to get "high," for therapeutic effects. I have learned, then taught others that there are different options for different people and conditions.
I am now more knowledgeable about how the different strains can help different conditions because I expanded my learning, and ignored the stigmas! My Fiancé was even able to find a better strain that worked best for him and he was able to tell a difference because of our knowledge of how certain strains help his PTSD. I had never heard him say to me that he felt full relief from it and he has been intaking since I met him!
I myself have found that I now intake when I have pain, nausea and/or I can't sleep. I no longer feel that I am wrong for doing so. Please do not feel like your stuck or feel like your gonna have to deal with your condition alone! You do not have to get high! You do not have to smoke it! There are alternatives!
It is still a learning experience for all of us. I learn something new everyday and I love to keep expanding my knowledge so I can help those who need it. You are not alone! It does take time and everyone is different, so you will have to learn about how much you should intake, and whether you should use one strain over an other! I am more than happy to give patients more information and ease their minds. You are not alone! <3
Kaytelynn--Assistant Supervisor, B & B Consulting
Did you know that some states have reciprocity written into their medical marijuana laws? Reciprocity means that they will accept valid, out of state, medical marijuana cards. This is great news for medical marijuana card holders!
Until Federal law catches up with State law, access to marijuana is limited to your state, or a few other recreational states. This difference in law can get a Massachusetts recreational user in a lot of trouble if they are found with marijuana in a state as close as Rhode Island, where marijuana is only medically legal. On the other hand, if the Massachusetts resident had a medical card, they would not get in trouble because of Rhode Island's reciprocity laws. The state of Rhode Island would recognize that Mass resident as a qualified patient.
In short, reciprocity means two things:
Before travelling, make sure that the state you are going to is reciprocal, not all states are! Click here to check out the state's reciprocity status before you go there!
Author: Kevin Wery
Human Resources Manager
On June 22, 2021, Gov. Lamont signed cannabis legalization (S.B. 1201) into law. Possession becomes legal on July 1, 2021, and several other key provisions take effect then as well. You can read the full text here.
We are very happy to see forward progress with cannabis laws, and we will summarize the laws about recreational marijuana below. We will also go over the differences between recreation and medical in Connecticut, because there are some major benefits to being a medical patient rather than a recreational user.
Schedule an appointment for your medical marijuana card
Recreational vs Medical
If you have any questions please do not hesitate to reach out to our office! We're happy to help!
Human Resources Manager