Beyond Cannabis: Plants and the Endocannabinoid System

by Ethan Russo for Trends in Pharmacological Sciences in CellPress

"Plants have been the predominant source of medicines throughout the vast majority of human history, and remain so today outside of industrialized societies.  One of the most versatile in terms of its phytochemistry is cannabis, whose investigation has led directly to the discovery of a unique and widespread homeostatic physiological regulator, the endocannabinoid system.  While it had been the conventional wisdom until recently that only cannabis harbored active agents affecting the endocannabinoid system, in recent decades the search has widened and identified numerous additional plants whose components stimulate, antagonize, or modulate different aspects of this system.  These include common foodstuffs, herbs, spices, and more exotic ingredients: kava, chocolate, black pepper, and many other that are examined in this review."

 

Russo continues in this 12 page articles, stating cannabis possesses cannabinoid and another terpene panel of beneficial compounds.  In our research , we learned this second panel of terpenes has a name, cannabimimetics. 

As we define and discuss on our pages here, cannabimimetics stimulate and tone our endocannabinoid system receptors

in basically the same manner as cannabinoids and with equally beneficial health results.

 

 

This full article is fantastic for anyone studying cannabis / hemp and cannabimimetics.  

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