The Science of the Endocannabinoid System

What is the Endocannabinoid System?
Endocannabinoid System (ECS): is a unique communication system in the brain and body that affects many important functions including how a person feels, moves and interacts.

  • It is responsible for keeping our most critical biological functions in balance such as appetite, intestinal function, metabolism, stress response, sleep, mood, pain, immune function, and more by means of endocannabinoids or cannabinoids.
  • The ECS has preventative and protective mechanisms, it balances and strengthens the nervous and immune systems, initiates pain control and calms inflammation.
  • The ESC was discovered in 1990 and ongoing extensive research is being conducted ever since.
  • Understanding the ECS is a critical task if we are to more effectively manage diseases, especially chronic, debilitating diseases for which there is no orthodox cure. For instance, if properly activated, the ECS is capable of suppressing numerous cancers and may be protective against Alzheimer’s disease.

Endocannabinoids: are chemical compounds our bodies naturally make to activate the receptors within the ECS.

  • When the body gets out of balance and moved into a state of stress, endocannabinoids go to work to fix the problem.

Cannabinoids: chemical compounds originating outside the body. There are over 100 known compounds including CBD found in the whole hemp plant. CBD works as the switch that turns on the endocannabinoid system.

CBD prevents the breakdown of endocannabinoids, which helps to promote homeostasis to ensure optimal metabolic functions, nutrient transportation, energy storage and modulate insulin sensitivity.

Research as shown that small doses of cannabinoids from whole plant hemp can signal the body to make more endocannabinoids and build more cannabinoid receptors.

The ECS increases our ability to try have new perspectives and experiences. Evidence suggests that the ECS may be involved in generating subtle but therapeutic shifts in the ways we perceive the world, relate to our internal landscape, think and feel about ourselves, and interact with each other enhanced health and vitality now.

Understanding Endocannabinoids Deficiency
Through the stresses and strains of modern living, the Endocannabinoid System can itself become depleted, meaning it cannot effectively carry out its role of bringing homeostasis or balance to the body.

American neurologist Dr. Ethan Russo has termed this Endocannabinoid Deficiency, suggesting that it lies at the root of many of those difficult to explain illnesses such as fibromyalgia, MS, IBS and migraines.

According to Dr Russo, “If you don’t have enough endocannabinoids you have pain where there shouldn’t be pain.”

5 Signs of an Unbalanced ECS

1.You are particularly sensitive to pain
Scientists have noticed both endocannabinoid receptors play an important role in modulating pain and inflammation.
According to research, cannabinoids help reduce sensitivity to pain and inflammation caused by arthritis of all types like Rheumatoid arthritis, gout, osteoarthritis and other types of inflammatory joint conditions.

2.You are feeling anxious or depressed
CBD has been shown to reduce anxiety in patients with social anxiety disorder and researchers suggest that it may also be effective for panic disorder, obsessive compulsive disorder, social anxiety disorder and post-traumatic stress disorder.
Cannabinoids were found to be therapeutic in treating PTSD through modulating panic responses both before and after painful and traumatic events.

3.You are addicted to junk food

4.You have a chronic inflammation related illness.
Almost all age-related illnesses have at their root chronic inflammation of some kind; everything from auto-immune disease, cancer, neurodegenerative disorders like Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s, and inflammatory bowel disease.
A 2004 study found that an endocannabinoid deficiency may underlie migraines.

5.You have a difficult to treat skin condition
Scientist believe that disruption to the endocannabinoid system’s balance might bring about the development of a whole host of skin diseases including acne, dermatitis, dry skin, hair loss, excessive hair growth, itching, skin tumors, pain, psoriasis and skin cancer.
One way of stimulating the skin’s ECS receptors is by topically applying cannabinoids such as CBD on-to the problem areas. If you have a chronic skin condition that doesn’t seem to respond to conventional medicine, it could be because your ECS is not functioning properly.
The ECS main purpose in the skin is to control and balance growth and survival of skin cells as well as to pro-duce proper immune responses.

6 Effective Ways to Boost Your ECS
1.Bump up Your Omega 3 Intake
Omega-3 fatty acids are vital for a well-functioning ECS

2.Exercise
Studies suggest the reported “runners high” is not caused by an endorphin rush but by an increase in the production of endocannabinoids.

3.Keep Your Gut Healthy
80 percent of your entire immune system is located in your digestive tract!
Without proper elimination, the body can actually poison itself. Poor diet, fast foods, stress and certain medications affect elimination

4.Eat Your Greens
Greens are abundant in vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants that protect cells.

5.Cut Down on Alcohol
Studies show that ethanol dampens the ECS.

6.Take Miracles of Health CBD Infused Products