The Plant People Are Buying Online For A ‘Legal High’: It’s Not Cannabis.

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A recent study by a group of scientists in Bern, Switzerland examining a cannabinoid extracted from a rare moss-like plant–a member of the liverwort family–growing only in Japan, New Zealand, and Costa Rica has revealed potentially useful properties that may be valuable for people suffering with inflammation and chronic pain.

What’s even more interesting is that this moss is distantly related to a plant we are quite familiar with–Cannabis Sativa which has more recently emerged as a potential approach for treating seizures, multiple sclerosis, inflammation, and many chronic medical conditions.

Thus far, the researchers do not understand why this specific liverwort–which has a different way of living and reproducing compared with Cannabis—would harbor a compound so similar to tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), the psychoactive component found in marijuana. (It was previously believed that the only plant that produces THC was Cannabis Sativa.)

What they do realize is that the cannabinoid isolated from this liverwort, and THC found in Cannabis are chemically similar , but also produce quite similar effects in the brains of mammals.

The study was recently published in the Journal, Science Advances.

The moss-like plant from the Genus Radula, Radula perrottetii, a member of the liverwort family, produces a compound named perrottetinene (PET) .

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