Cannabinoids In Herbs?

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We have received a few messages from clients asking how it's possible for our tinctures to work as well as (and sometimes better than) their expensive CBD oils. Well for one thing, not all CBD oil is created equal, but also because they were designed that way! Don't get me wrong, cannabis is something that will not be 100% replaced by one herb alone, BUT this doesn't mean that herbs when combined properly (especially when accompanied with specific terpenes) won't get the job done just as well. 


You see, these formulations have been used by us for years and years, we perfected them ages ago! We had them available when cannabis oils were something unheard of to the masses. Herbs have been used as medicine for ages, any good herbalist/alchemist will acknowledge this. 


For example let's take our Holy Chill (the holy basil/tulsi adrenal tincture) or our Better Than Zanex (which also contains tulsi) - you see certain types of basil contains cannabinoids. Holy basil (also known as tulsi) contains terpenes such as caryophyllene oxide, linalool, myrcene, methyl chavicol, gamma caryophyllene, alpha humulene, thymol, cineole, methyl-eugenol and camphor. 

Tulsi is one of those herbs that is also received through our endocannabinoid system, it's soothing and calming effect help us manage stress, calm the mind before bed, acts as a useful meditation ally, supports our adrenals and so much more. 

So how is it possible that Tulsi (Holy Basil) contains cannabinoids? Cannabinoids are molecules that are lipid based and act in some degree or another on our cannabinoid receptors - we call these phyto cannabinoids.

Cannabinoids are everywhere (almost). We even produce our OWN cannabinoids (like in breast milk) referred to as endogenous cannabinoids. 

We also have what is known as cannabimimetics. They are called this because they literally mimic the biological activity of normal cannabinoids, even though they do not share the same structure at all. These are rarely talked about but quickly gaining importance in the world of medical cannabinoid studies. We have traditionally thought of the ECS (endocannabinoid system) as a two receptor and two ligands (the compound that binds to a receptor) - boy were we wrong! It is becoming more and more clear that this is not the case, it is way more complex than previously thought. There are  literally DOZENS of compounds that have been shown to act either directly or indirectly on our ECS. But that's a whole other post. 

Let me finish off by saying, nothing else is cannabis - while it may come close or be a nice sidekick it won't ever replace the amazing benefits of cannabis itself (no matter how we dissect it)