As much as I'd love to sit here and talk all day about Cannabis and its derivates, we like to mix it up a bit, here at Cannijuana Friends blog and today we're gonna talk about the untold properties and benefits of the humble clove.
You see, the Marijuana plant is not the only plant that contains Cannabinoids. In fact many plants do, but one of the most beneficial ones is the clove. You may know it as a spice that usually goes well with baked goods, like a leg of ham or if you are fancy, perhaps in cigarettes or blunts. But did you know that clove has incredible properties and health benefits that rival those of weed?
Clove is an amazing antiseptic
The key ingredient here is called Eugenol, which is widely used in the Dentist industry as an antiseptic and analgesic. In fact, you can tap into this by simply crushing a couple of cloves and putting that on a wound. Heck, just chew one and it'll numb your tongue! It's also a natural antibacterial and antimicrobial that kills bacteria, viruses and other harmful pathogens, which can help to fight infections. A mouthwash made with Eugenol can be as efficient against plaque and gingivitis, if not more than commercial brands like Listerine, which is basically floor cleaner. No, seriously, LOOK IT UP! No wonder it feels like it's melting the inside of your mouth when you use it! At least a clove-based product won't hurt. You know, because of the whole numbing thing?
What about Diabetes?
If you suffer from Diabetes, and let's be honest, half the world does lately, Clove can also be an alternative. Although only proven on mice for now, a study found that a component of Clove extract called Nigericin reduced insulin resistance and improved glucose tolerance, insulin secretion and beta cell function. Not sure if this would work on humans, but if you suffer from Diabetes, you should look into it.
Clove Fights Cancer
Eugenol is also one of the most powerful antioxidants in the planet. Half a teaspoon of ground clove can contain more antioxidants than half a cup of blueberries. Antioxidants are chemical compounds that stop cells from prematurely aging and reduces cell damage, which could lead to cancer. In fact it can slow the growth of different types of human cancer cells, such as colon cancer cells, which it increases the cell death in these types of cells, according to one study, or according to another, certain types of clove oils are toxic to breast cancer cells. The development of this cancer-fighting alternative is still in its infancy but the results look promising so far!
Clove Vs Depression
Just like CBD and THC, it's a natural anti-depressant. I wouldn't use it as a substitute for one, but it clearly has some potential, because Eugenol increases the expression of the brain-derived neurotrophic factor (BDNF) gene in the hippocampus area of the brain and can increase levels of neurotransmitters like dopamine and serotonin, which are responsible for the "Feel Good" sensation that Cannabis and other drugs like Opioids give you. In other words, it puts you in a good mood and for a good reason: Clove is an abundant source of Cannabinoids, which as we saw in earlier posts, act on your Endocannabinoid system, regularizing certain key functions in your organism, which brings me to...
...Clove and Pain Relief
Since it's packed with Cannabinoids, the phytocannabinoinds and beta-caryophyllene in clove can be a very safe and efficient pain relief medication with little to no shitty side-effects, acting over the CB1 and CB2 receptors, which are part of your endocannabinoid system. The first ones are found primarily in the brain and central nervous system, while the latter take care of other things such as your immune cells, gastrointestinal tract and peripheral nervous system, I.E. nerves outside the brain and the spinal chord.
So of these two, the CB2 receptors help with inflammation, which plays a key role in pain, especially in joints and muscles. And since the immune system plays an important part in dealing with inflammation, CB2 receptors alleviate this pain.
These are only a FEW of the amazing properties of clove, but you can read so much more in these links, which is where I got the information I just shared above with you:
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