id You Know...that there's an aromatic plant which offers an alternative that rival those of medical marijuana treatment—without the side effects or the necessity for a prescription?
This same medicinal
plant also protects against inflammation, stress, and even radiation
In Asia, holy basil(Ocimum sanctum, O. tenuiflorum) has been cultivated
for medicinal use for over 5,000 years.
Today, Western scientists have caught on to the herb's natural
anti-inflammatory properties. Chemically speaking, basil (in numerous
tested varieties) contains compounds similar to those found in cannabis
(also known as marijuana) and oregano.
This has led some doctors to suggest basil as an alternative to medical
marijuana, since it offers the same pain relief without the addictive
Currently, tens of thousands of seriously ill Americans (especially
those with cancer and AIDS) are now physician-certified users of medical
marijuana because it provides effective pain relief, control of nausea
and vomiting, and appetite stimulation ... as well as an amazing number
of other medicinal uses.
However, the use of medical marijuana does come with potentially
permanent mental or neurological side effects, such as ...
• Impaired attention
• Difficulty learning
• Decreased computing speed
• Changes to brain structure
• Decreased motor skills
Holy basil carries none of those risks as an alternative to medical
marijuana. That's because basil's anti-inflammatory action comes from a
compound called BCP, or (E)-beta-caryophyllene. BCP combats
inflammation in a manner similar to cannabis, but without the side
Basil's aromatic extracts have also proven to eliminate swelling and
pain from arthritis. In fact, research has demonstrated that basil works
just as well as anti-inflammatory drugs.
The study—presented at the British Pharmaceutical Conference in
Manchester—showed that concentrated extracts of two types of basil taken
orally reduced joint swelling by up to 73% in just 24 hours.