While your body does produce its own cannabinoids, there may be times when you will want to supplement that storehouse.
Adding lots of dark, leafy greens like spinach, kale and collards are a great start. These veggies are not only packed with nutrients, they are also an excellent source of cannabinoids. However, there are other botanical sources of cannabinoids as well.
The Big 7
1. Unrefined Hemp Seed Oil
When it comes to hemp oil, there are three main categories: Essential oil, seed oil and CBD [or cannabidiol] oil. All three varieties come from the same plant but are extracted in different ways.
As you can see from this subhead, we want to focus on seed oil and, particularly, the unrefined version. Refined hemp seed oil, clear and without much flavor, is typically found in plastics, fuel and even body care products.
The unrefined kind is usually cold-processed and green with a nutty flavor. The cold-pressing preserves all of the nutrients found in the oil but also has a very limited shelf life.
Hemp seed oil contains some wonderful health benefits that include Omega 3 and 6 fatty acids which are important for brain development and a well-functioning immune system, reduces inflammation and is rich in Vitamins A & E which help prevent neurological diseases.
2. Ginger Root Powder
Not only does ginger root taste delicious in Asian cuisine, it has long been coveted for its medicinal properties. It can improve circulation, keep inflammation at a minimum and soothe an upset stomach.
And you know that having a healthy gut means having enough good bacteria which helps you stay strong even in cold and flu season.
3. Peonia Root Powder
Also known as peony root, this plant is a native of China and prized for its medicinal properties. This is the same plant you see in gardens everywhere as a beautiful perennial flower.
When used in a cannabinoid supplement, the root is harvested and the bark is boiled and dried. Among its benefits is its ability to calm muscle spasms and help quiet the inflammation of joint disease like gout in addition to helping women with menstrual cramping.
4. Clove Flower Bud Oil
This oil comes from the clove tree which is native to Southeast Asia and, like hemp oil, there are three varieties: Clove bud oil, clove leaf oil and clove stem oil.
Specifically, this oil has been known to help with oral care containing antimicrobial and antiseptic properties.
Eugenol is the primary constituent in clove bud oil and the one you want in your cannabinoid supplement. Eugenol helps relieve pain, has excellent anti-inflammatory benefits, stimulates and improves circulation and improves stress levels.
5. Zanthoxylum Fruit Extract
Also known as the Prickly Ash, this tall shrub can grow to 20 feet high and is characterized by stalks and branches that have barbs on them.
The berries have a tough outer skin that contains seeds inside. In the beginning of the 19th century, this fruit was used to improve the circulatory system and reduce inflammation which, in turn, delivered oxygen and nutrition to cells and muscles.
6. Echinacea Powder Extract
You’ve no doubt seen coneflower growing in the garden with both white and purple flowers. This is also known as the Echinacea plant and the extract is prized for helping you fight off respiratory illnesses like colds and the flu.
In a study done by the University of Maryland, it was found that the upper portion of the plant is more effective as an immune booster rather than the root. This extract also helps as an anti-inflammatory and can assist with the symptoms of anxiety and depression.
7. Magnolia Bark Extract
Originally found in China, magnolia bark was used by herbalists to reduce anxiety and help provide a restful night’s sleep.
Magnolia bark is also a potent antioxidant which can defeat free radicals in your body and improve immune system health. People with asthma will also benefit from magnolia bark as it contains anti-inflammatory properties that help keep lung and bronchial tissues from swelling.
Research confirms that people with the highest amounts cannabinoids circulating through their ECS, experience extraordinary levels of health. When you’re thriving with cannabinoids, your whole body feels it: your thoughts are clearer; your energy is higher; your immunity is stronger; your body is free from pain.
Emerald Health’s exclusive PhytoCann Complex™ includes all seven of these nutrients. What’s more, the nutrients come from organic, high-quality sources, and are included in the forms and dosage levels shown by science to deliver the biggest boost to your endocannabinoid system.