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Pharma-Seed #6 – Opium

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FOUND IN: Papaver somniferum Circa: 6500 BC Drug Class: Opioids Common Drug Names: Opium, Morphine, Heroin, Fentanyl, Codeine, Hydrocodone, Hydromorphone, Oxycodone, Methadone Opium, the famous morphine-containing plant, is a globally recognized flowering plant most recognized for its use in opioid analgesics. 1 in 5 Canadians are prescribed opioids to manage chronic pain. The Opioid Crisis is responsible for 66% of …

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Pharma-Seed #5 – Omega-3s

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FOUND IN: Tilapia, salmon, tuna and other cold-water fish; flaxseed, hemp oil, chia seeds, walnuts Common names: Omega-3 fatty acids, Fish Oils Drug Name: Eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA), Docosahexaenoic Acid (DHA), and Alpha-Linolenic (ALA)) Fish, such as tilapia, which are used in Green Relief’s aquaponic systems, contain essential omega-3 fatty acids that are vital for cardiovascular and mental health. Thanks to …

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Pharma-Seed #4 – Vincristine

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FOUND IN: Catharanthus Roseus Common names: Church flower, Magdalena, Old Maid, Vinca Drug Name: Vincristine (Oncovin) Madagascar Periwinkle is a popular plant found in gardens and homes across the world. Rich in vinca alkaloids, the discovery of this medicinal flower is famed for its wide spread use in chemotherapy regimens. Medicinal Uses Modern Day uses: A chemotherapeutic agent used in …

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Pharma-Seed #3 – Limonene

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FOUND IN: Citrus (orange, lemon, grapefruit)Limonene is one of the most common terpenes found in nature. Have you ever eaten an orange, grapefruit or lemon? If yes, then you have consumed limonene. An essential oil derived from citrus, its lemon-like fragrance is widely used in flavoring, perfumes, foods, soaps, beverages and many other dietary and cosmetic products. Medicinal Uses Limonene …

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Pharma-Seed #2 – Ginger

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AKA: Zingiber officinale RoscoeDating back to ancient China and India, ginger has been used for centuries in Ayurvedic and Traditional Chinese Medicine practices. Upon its introduction into the culinary world in the 13th century, the use of ginger spread throughout the world for its flavor and medicinal properties[1]. Modern Day Uses Ginger is found in over-the-counter preparations such as Gravol …

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Pharma-Seed #1 – Capsaicin

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While browsing the pain aisles of your local pharmacy or grocery store, you may have come across a product called Zostrix. The active medicinal ingredient is known as capsaicin, which is derived from the fruits of the capsicum flowering plants. These “fruits” are so common in our diet and chances are you have eaten them before. Tabasco peppers, jalapenos, cayenne, …

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Pharma-Seed Campaign

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Our goal with #PharmaSeed is to educate. We want to show the world how modern medicine is connected and rooted in nature. Tune into Pharma-Seed to learn about the origins, uses and other trivia-worth facts about common plants and medications.