The Endocannibinoid System

There is a new buzz word when talking about the human body and this is called the ENDOCANNIBINOID SYSTEM.  We have never talked about or studied this system in school but it is now in the forefront of research and news stories ever since medical cannabis has hit the mainstream.

We have always known about all of the different and complex systems in the human body.  We are taught about the nervous, respiratory, reproductive, skeletal, endocrine, lymphatic, digestive, circulatory and urinary systems in our bodies.  

The discovery of this system happened in the 1990’s by a Dr. Matsuda.  While studying what THC, the intoxicant of marijuana, did to the human body, the endocanibinoid system was discovered…a network of complex receptors in the central and peripheral nervous system.

Scientists now know that there are cannabinoid receptors in the immune and digestive systems and the major organs of the human body.

It has been discovered that the Endocannibinoid (ECS) helps to stimulate our vital physiological functions.  It promotes  “homeostasis” which affects sleep, appetite, inflammation, mood, memory, pain etc.  It helps to ensure that all of the body systems work in harmony with each other.

Animals have the ECS system too.  

The ECS is critical for maintaining a healthy nervous system… which is why many medical professionals and health advocates are now putting medical marijuana on their list of treatments to help people dealing with multiple sclerosis, cancer, diabetes, chronic pain etc.  It is proven that supplementing  the body with natural cannabinoids from plants can correct and restore health in many conditions.

When the bodies Endocannabinoid System is working properly then all other body systems will work in harmony creating “homeostasis”.  

Supplementation with small amounts of cannabinoids from hemp helps the ECS send out proper signals to enhance healing.

This is all still very young and not taught in medical school so many doctors are not onboard with this knowledge and are not using medical marijuana in their treatments of health conditions.    

Legalization of medical marijuana is spreading out over the world and will eventually be an internationally acceptable treatment.  It’s not there yet but as more and more evidence stacks up there will be no denial about it’s benefits.

Marijuana contains over 100 different  cannabinoids, each having different effects on different systems in the body.

The adaptability of the cannabinoids in different body systems is why it is used to treat so many different diseases and conditions:

  • Alzheimer’s Disease
  • Cancer
  • Crohn’s Disease
  • Anorexia
  • Epilepsy
  • Glaucoma
  • Mental health
  • MULTIPLE SCLEROSIS (important in my case)
  • Muscle and skeletal pain
  • nausea

And so much more.

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