Perhaps, nobody seems to care about the Endocannabinoid System (ECS) because it is a complex “microcosmic” community. A community that potentially encapsulates something much bigger than science can easily explain.
Research has shown that the ECS metaphorically represents a microcosmic group of organisms.
In fact, recent investigations have revealed that this microcosm behaves as a bridge between natural “mind-body” healing.
Thomas Edison once said, “you can’t improve on nature.”
Was he right? Does the endocannabinoid system have a natural ability to relieve people of many modern worries?
Research suggests that the ECS controls multiple states of consciousness. To name a few, the ECS controls sleep-wake cycles, emotions, pain perception, attention, and other important neuro-biological processes.
So why should we care about the ECS? What is it that nobody talking about?
What is the Endocannabinoid System (ECS)?
The endocannabinoid system is a chemical communication system with the goal of maintaining homeostasis.
Homeostasis keeps the internal environment stable, regardless of how the external environment fluctuates.
Cannabinoids, such as CBD (cannabidiol) found in CBD Extract, help to maintain a homeostatic balance at every level of biological life. This includes our collective human relationship with the external environment.
Since the ECS plays a role in neurogenesis (new brain-cell growth), the plasticity of our brain is influenced by the promotion of humor, creativity, open-mindedness and the ability to grow past limiting behavior patterns.
Endocannabinoid receptors are found all over the body, including:
- Connective tissue
- Immune cells
And potentially many others.
Chronic stress weakens and damages the normal function of the ECS. To stimulate the natural release of cannabinoids (which your body already produces), you can participate in mind-body practices. An easy way to stimulate the ECS is through cannabimimetics (cannabinoids from plants, such as CBD) in the form of CBD Oil Drops.
Popular mind-body activities that release natural endocannabinoids include:
- Deep breathing.
- Receiving a massage. (Osteopathic manipulation)
- Eating organic food. (Lacking pesticide residues)
- Avoiding plasticizers. (Added to water bottles, tin cans, food packaging and pharmaceutical pills)
Is The ECS A Valid System That Deserves Intense Study?
Are humans the only type of life that has an ECS?
Cannabinoid receptors are common in both animals and humans. Mammals, birds, fish and reptiles all have an endocannabinoid system that requires proper levels of cannabinoids to function properly.
We operate at peak levels when we feel normal and properly balanced. Being sick or unsettled (at any level of being: mind, body, emotions, etc.) is unnatural.
Our most normal and natural state of being is strength, health and happiness.
Are doctors responsibly talking about how to utilize the available information about ECS to improve our health?
In the summer of 2013, Dr. David Allen’s team surveyed all 157 accredited American Medical Schools (in all 50 states). The survey was designed to discover what medical students were being taught about the endocannabinoid system.
The results were predictable. They found that only 21 (of the 157 schools) even briefly mentioned the ECS during any course.
Fortunately, there are doctors like Dr. Allen who choose to retire from performing surgery to properly validate a study of the ECS.
How do we measure endocannabinoid levels and what is the right amount?
Several methods are available to measure human and animal endocannabinoid levels.
Measurement methods range from simple to complex and each has its pros and cons. Taking endocannabinoid measurements is challenging because endocannabinoids tend to disappear quickly, while leaving little evidence behind.
How do you measure the endocannabinoid molecules that disappear so quickly?
Non-invasive methods to measure endocannabinoid levels include testing the blood, saliva or hair. Other more invasive methods involve measuring fresh tissue and microdialysis from a conscious brain. A brain microdialysis involves inserting a needle directly into the brain to continuously monitor endocannabinoid concentrations.
Current research is addressing the major challenge of how to reliably measure the wide variety of endocannabinoids.
Until science develops reliable methods to measure endocannabinoid levels, the right amount will remain unknown.
What is the best way to restore and maintain proper endocannabinoid levels?
Step one towards achieving appropriate levels of cannabinoids is a basic awareness of Clinical Endocannabinoid Deficiency (CED).
The problems associated with CED are extensive, with a growing list of concerns.
Recent research has revealed three conditions that are almost entirely a result of CED: migraines, fibromyalgia, and irritable bowel syndrome.
Dr. Russo’s research provides a list of disorders that could be associated with CED.
- Neonatal failure to thrive
- Cystic fibrosis
- Causalgia; severe burning pain
- Brachial plexopathy
- Phantom limb pain
- Infantile Colic
- Dysmenorrhea; painful menstruation
- Hyperemesis gravidarum; severe nausea, vomiting, weight loss
- Unexplained fetal wastage; multiple miscarriages
- Post-traumatic stress disorder
- And possibly many others.
After you become aware that your problem might be CED related, it might be a good time to add a safe and effective, plant-based cannabinoid to your diet, such as CBD from CBD Oil Drops, CBD Hemp Extract, CBD E-liquid or CBD Capsules.
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