The ECS or Endocannabinoid System…


To be honest, I did not even know we ALL have an ECS, or Endocannabinoid System until a year ago. It was not taught in my nursing classes or even my naturopathic teaching. So when I learned of this gem in our body, how it functions, and the importance of it, I felt the need to empower you with this information.

We ALL need to know this.

So, what exactly is the ECS, or Endocannabinoid System, and why is it important?

“The endogenous cannabinoid system, named after the plant that led to its discovery, is perhaps the most important physiologic system involved in establishing and maintaining human health. Endocannabinoids and their receptors are found throughout the body: in the brain, organs, connective tissues, glands, and immune cells. In each tissue, the cannabinoid system performs different tasks, but the goal is always the same: homeostasis, the maintenance of a stable internal environment despite fluctuations in the external environment.”

“Researchers have identified two cannabinoid receptors: CB1, predominantly present in the nervous system, connective tissues, gonads, glands, and organs; and CB2, predominantly found in the immune system and its associated structures. Many tissues contain both CB1 and CB2 receptors, each linked to a different action. Researchers speculate there may be a third cannabinoid receptor waiting to be discovered.”

In 1992, the first endocannabinoid was discovered. Anandamide, is a naturally occurring endogenous cannabinoid, or endocannabinoid, that is found in any human, or animal/species, that has a vertebrae. It was discovered by researchers William Devane and Dr. Lumir Hanus.

Many of our bodies suffer from chronic physical, emotional, mental stress and illness. Some individuals are in a constant fright/flight state, especially those who suffer from traumatic brain injury or PTSD (Post Traumatic Stress Disorder). When our bodies activate the ECS , it results in homeostasis, or in simpler terms, our body is in “balance”. And when our body is in balance, our entire physiological system/organs function optimally. This allows our body to “fight” and restore order/balance if there are unhealthy cells due to many causes such as: disease, injury, cancer and aging.

Even though we naturally produce cannabinoid, we live in a very toxic world. The quality of our air, water, food and daily ingestion of chemicals is very different than 100 years ago. Our bodies are in a constant battle to keep a state of “balance”. No wonder many of us feel exhausted and ill!

So what is CBD and why do we need it?

CBD stands for cannabidiol. It is the second most prevalent of the active ingredients of cannabis (marijuana). While CBD is an essential component of medical marijuana, it is derived directly from the hemp plant, which is a cousin of the marijuana plant. While CBD is a component of marijuana (one of hundreds), by itself it does not cause a “high.” According to a report from the World Health Organization, “In humans, CBD exhibits no effects indicative of any abuse or dependence potential…. To date, there is no evidence of public health related problems associated with the use of pure CBD.”

Be an advocate for your health and well being. There are options. Talk to your health practitioner about CBD oil and incorporating it in your daily life.

DISCLAIMER-Not all CBD oils are of the same quality or testing; buyer beware and do your research first. If you are looking for guidance on what CBD oil to purchase or want to set up a CBD consultation, please click here.

Enjoy and be well!

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