All mammals (and most animals) have an endocannabinoid system that is responsible for the production  of naturally produced cannabinoids within that system – known as endocannabinoids. Cannabinoids aren’t limited to their presence within cannabis plants,  they are found in many foods and these cannabinoids that are produced in plants are called phytocannabinoids. If you want to enhance your body’s own endocannabinoid system you can look at the following list of foods and incorporate them into your diet.

Black Pepper

Contains the terpene beta-caryophyllene (BCP) that will bind to the same cannabinoid receptors that THC does but produces a much more calming and relaxing effec. It is also known for its anti-inflammatory effect. Current research is going on into BCPs effects within cancer treatment and for conditions such as arthritis and osteoporosis.

Dark Chocolate

Cacao  contains a high concentration of a cannabinoid called anandamide, which is also naturally produced in the body and is known for causing a feeling of euphoria after completing physical exercise. Anandamide is known as the body’s own natural antidepressant and is often referred to as the human body’s natural version of THC.

Rosemary, Cloves, Basil, Oregano, Lavender & Cinnamon

All of these herbs contain cannabinoids. The most commonly known cannabinoids that they contain is beta-caryophyllene (BCP), the same as black pepper. The terpene’s present in these herbs help contribute to the specific aroma’s that each one has, these terpenes are also present in marijuana plants and contribute to their aromas, which is why you may see some marijuana plants compared to some of the herbs above.

Hops (Beer)

Hops and cannabis actually share similar terpenes, you may have noticed that when sometimes you open a bottle of beer that you can smell cannabis, however this is the hops.

Flax seeds

Flax seeds, and the flax plant overall, has many compounds within it that are very similar to the cannabinoid, cannabidiol (CBD) as well as containing CBD itself. The discovery of CBD within flax opens flax up to research into its medicinal properties like its anti-inflammatory properties and its help with triggering an autoimmune response.   This list is a short one, and it’s important to keep in mind that there are lots of plants that contain endocannabinoids or substances to trigger a response within our endocannabinoid system.