IS SOCIETY ENDOCANNABINOID DEFICIENT?
The cannabis plant generally divides the population into two camps. There are the lovers: those that swear that cannabis can heal almost any ailment known to mankind. There are the haters: stuck in the ‘Reefer Madness’ imagery of 1930’s prohibition. After all, how can a plant that’s been declared devoid of any therapeutic benefit be a claimed ‘cure all remedy’ for over 40 different ailments according to www.ProjectCBD.org/conditions?
The Endocannabinoid System – why cannabis helps so many different people
The answer lies in our own biology. Humans and other vertebrates all have an ‘endocannabinoid system.’ This system is a homeostatic regulator responsible for modulating our sleep, appetite, mood, immune system, reproduction, memory, pain and inflammation.
Now, for many of you, this will be first time you’ve heard of the endocannabinoid system (ECS), and you may be thinking that it’s some other new age theory. But in fact the ECS was actually discovered by scientists in the 1990s, when they were studying how THC, the psychoactive compound in cannabis, acts in the body.
They found a complex network of receptors throughout the brain, central nervous and immune system that act like locks on the surface of cells, waiting to unlock cannabis-like chemicals called ‘endocannabinoids.’
When these endocannabinoid receptors activate, a host of biological effects occur. These receptors act much like a biological dimmer switches keeping the body operating at the best level.
Modern lifestyles create endocannabinoid deficient people
Unfortunately, our 21st century lifestyles don’t support the work of the endocannabinoid system, thus leaving us endocannabinoid deficient. Junk food, alcohol, lack of exercise, stress, exposure to pollution, and lack of sleep can cause our ECS to become depleted.
American Neurologist Ethan Russo has termed this ‘Clinical Endocannabinoid Deficiency‘, suggesting that it lie at the root of illnesses such as fibromyalgia, muscular sclerosis, IBS and migraines.
According to Dr Russo, “If you don’t have enough endocannabinoids you have pain where there shouldn’t be pain. You would be sick, meaning nauseated. You would have a lowered seizure threshold. And just a whole litany of other problems.”
Cannabinoids boost the endocannabinoid system
Dr. Russo suggests that plant cannabinoids can strengthen a weakened endocannabinoid system. That’s because they interact with the ECS in the much same way as our own endocannabinoids do.
Thousands of CBD video testimonials on YouTube prove the ability of the cannabis plant to re-calibrate the endocannabinoid system.
Case study: Charlotte
The most celebrated case is Charlotte Figi, was suffering up to 300 grand mal seizures a week. Charlotte’s story featured on the CNN documentary Weed. The documentary went on to inspire thousands of parents and children. These people suffered with similar conditions. Many even moved across country to try CBD as an option when conventional medicine had failed.
We are doing our best not to mention the disease, or imply that CBD will support any ailment. These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.
There are thousands of reported clinical trials and personal experiences reported online that would seem to support the idea that the plant cannabinoid down-regulates the excessive neuronal electrical activity associated with many diseases. Although, to date researchers don’t completely understand all the mechanisms behind CBD and it’s affect on the body, and there needs to be more research.
Ways to boost your endocannabinoid system – with or without CBD
Cannabis is not the only plant that supports the endocannabinoid system. Here are five steps you can take to give your ECS a boost:
Microdosing cannabis. Giving your ECS a helping hand should be your goal. Taking very small amounts of cannabis on a regular basis is a good way to go about it. Water Soluble CBD extracts, such as the products at BioCBD+, are a good way to improve endocannabinoid tone. BioCBD+ produces products are more bioavailable than most of the CBD Oil based products on the market! This allows a person to microdose with CBD. “Less Is More” when it comes to water soluble CBD. We encourage our customers to start with of CBD and titrate up or down as needed. Most Hemp CBD Oil companies will recommend 125-250 mg of CBD per day. Many of our customers have found relief with only 10-30 g of CBD! Every person’s body is different, and you are the best judge when it comes to how much CBD you should take.
Increase your intake of Omega 3. Our body’s endocannabinoids are made from essential fatty acids, and a lack of Omega 3 can have a negative impact on endocannabinoid signalling. One study on mice found Omega 3 deficiency caused a malformation of CB1 receptors, resulting in “impaired emotional behaviour.”
Cut down on alcohol. Studies show that ethanol dampens the endocannabinoid system. A drink here and there isn’t a problem. Sustained alcohol abuse can be a contributing factor in Endocannabinoid Deficiency Syndrome.
Eat your greens. Leafy green vegetables contain a natural chemical called beta-caryophyllene. Beta-caryophyllene is also found in the cannabis plant, black pepper, and cloves. Beta-caryophyllene acts like a cannabinoid by activating the CB2 endocannabinoid receptor, bringing about an anti-inflammatory effect.
Don’t be endocannabinoid deficient. NOW is the time we all got better acquainted with the endocannabinoid system. Not just for its health-giving effects, but because it also explains just why the hemp CBD plant helps so many people suffering with their health on the planet today. So, if you come across a ‘cannabis hater,’ introduce them to the endocannabinoid system. Let the scientific evidence speak for itself.
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