Endocannabinoid System

It is quite a miracle that so many different people, with such a wide range of age, body type and medical conditions find a remedy through cannabis. Cannabis is treating conditions everyday that include cancer, epilepsy, chronic pain, multiple sclerosis, insomnia, headaches, anxiety, and so much more. How can this be? How can one plant hold the potential to heal such a variety of ailments? It is truly amazing.

It is currently believed that the endocannabinoid system (ECS) has a lot to do with this. It turns out that our body creates cannabinoids every day! The cannabis plant creates phytocannabinoids which work in harmony with our ECS. When our system becomes imbalanced, the cannabis plant can provide an extra boost of cannabinoids to help restabilize our body. As our ECS comes back into balance, our body has the ability to correct imbalances within itself to bring us back to a healthy physical state.

There is still so much to be learned about this incredible system within our body. Already, practitioners like Dr. Sulak (www.healer.com) believe this system could be one of the most important human systems responsible for establishing and maintaining human health. Dr. Sulak describes the endocannabinoid system (ECS) on his page http://healer.com/the-endocannabinoid-system/ where he writes:

“The ECS has three basic components: endocannabinoids, cannabinoid receptors, and hydrolytic enzymes that break down endocannabinoids. Endocannabinoids are molecules produced by cells that have activity similar to THC and the other phytocannabinoids (plant-derived cannabinoids). They are synthesized on the cell membrane from omega-6 fatty acid precursors. Both endo- and phytocannabinoids act on cannabinoid receptors, known as CB1 and CB2, found throughout the body. Stimulating the CB receptors leads to a variety of physiologic processes inside the cell. Finally, enzymes responsible for the breakdown and recycling of endocannabinoids, MAGL and FAAH, modulate the activity of the ECS.”

Whether you understand how this works in the body or not, you know the healing effects a good cannabis can have on you. We hope that by helping you understand the ECS, you can work towards finding a variety of cannabis that works for you. Everyone’s ECS seems to be a little different and each person needs a slightly different ratio of cannabinoids and terpenes to aid in their own personal healing. May this plant nourish you in all the ways you need to be nourished and may it help to restore balance and healing in your life.