Always check with your GP if any given herb is right for you.
Ashwagandha with Cannabis
Ashwagandha is an evergreen plant that has its origins in the Middle East, India and Africa. The Ayurvedic medicine system considers it as one of the most important herbs and its use has dated back over 3000 years. The herb is showing promising results in animal studies especially in the areas of anxiety, stress and insomnia. Mixing Cannabis and Ashwagandha can alleviate depression and moderate mood, along with promoting well being.
Interesting to note though that pregnant woman must be careful with this herb as it can induce early labour. As with all herbs, use in moderation and always carefully watch changes in your physiology that might seem strange or interesting. Remember that there is no substitute to checking with your GP and nutritionist if its suitable for you.
Lavender with Cannabis
Lavender is found in the mountainous regions of the Mediterranean and northern Africa and is highly regarded for skin care and beauty.
Lavender oil has antiseptic and anti inflammatory properties that can heal minor burns and other irregular skin conditions. Research has also shown that the essential oils from Lavender eases anxiety, insomnia and in some cases restlessness with various aromatherapy methods or as a balm. Lavender can also aid in the reduction of migraines and headaches.
Did you know that Cannabis and Lavender share a similar terpene called Linalool. On its own, Linalool is an anti inflammatory, but used in conjunction with Cannabis THC and CBD components, it aids as a muscle relaxant and anti convulsant. Why not add Lavender into your next Cannabis preparation and reap the benefits of both plants complementary attributes.
Rosemary with Cannabis
Rosemary (Rosmarinus officinalis), shares a similar terpene to Cannabis called BCP (Beta-Caryophyllene). This specific terpene regulates immune function, and surprisingly this terpene is known for relieving symptoms of depression and in some cases anxiety, though more research on the anxiety relieving aspect is still underway with promising results.
4. St. John’s Wart
St. Johns Wart with Cannabis
St. John’s Wart (Hypericum perforatum) is not only an excellent topical solution that can be used for healing burns, but has very interesting characteristics that aid in the reduction of depression.
Some recent studies by BMJ journals found that St. Johns Wart was superior to placebo and acts very similarly as antidepressants. In randomised, controlled, double blinded studies where both antidepressants and St. Johns Wart were used with people suffering major depression, conclusions showed that St John’s wort extracts are more effective than placebo in people with major depression, and similarly effective to standard antidepressants but with fewer side effects.
5. Holy Basil
Basil with Cannabis
Basil (Ocimum sanctum) has for many years been used as a topical solution and edible oil for the treatment of minor skin problems including acne. However, did you know that Basil also has stress relieving properties, which reduces the stress hormone cortisol. Some newer studies are also finding that Basil has potential as an anti diabetic treatment, a nice bonus to mix in with Cannabis.
6. Black Cohosh
Black Cohosh with Cannabis
Its well documented that Cannabis aids in easing cramps of period pain and hot flashes in menopause. But did you know that Black Cohosh regulates hormones by promoting a balance in the endocrine system, as it contains phytoestrogen which is speculated to replace hormones lost in the menopausal period. Since cannabis enhances the endocannabinoid system which in some ways is regulated to Estrogen, taking the two together may ease the mood swings.
Echinacea with Cannabis
Echinacea contains similar CBD like compounds and functions. These compounds are called N-acylethanolamines (NAEs), and they interact with the enzyme which breaks down endocannabinoids in the body (the body’s natural cannabis).
While Echinacea is used to treat various things such as cold and flu like symptoms, it also boost the immune function, reduces inflammation, along with acting as an antioxidant. Used in conjunction with Cannabis, it can help relax and ease pain, while also boosting the immune system.
Again, always check that a specific herb is right for you and always speak to your local GP or practitioner for their advise about using any herb as an additional supplement in your daily routine.
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