The Endocannabinoid System
One of the most important medical achievements in recent history has been the discovery of the Endocannabinoid System (ECS) - an intricate network of receptors and signaling molecules (endocannabinoids) found in the brain, immune system and throughout the entire body.
From a global perspective, the ECS is focused on maintaining overall health, balance and wellbeing (homeostasis) and may be viewed as a master adaptogenic system that is involved in everything in the body.
Research has demonstrated the ECS is intimately involved in our metabolism, neurological, cardiovascular, respiratory, gastrointestinal, and musculoskeletal systems as well as other areas of the body. While our bodies naturally produce internal cannabinoids (endocannabinoids) that influence the receptors, deficiency states do exist and are linked to numerous conditions influenced by inflammation, stress, anxiety and brain health – all that can be adequately treated with plant based phytocannabinoids.
While the focus has been on CBD (Cannabidiol), it is only one of over a hundred important hemp based cannabinoids essential to help maintain a healthy ECS. If we have learned anything from botanical medicine – the focus on one of many compounds found in plants is myopic. We know that the entourage of all of the plant’s components give rise to its clinical benefits – no different with hemp based phytocannabinoids!
This information sheet provides a glimpse into this critically important and ignored physiological system that can easily be influenced and supported with phytocannabinoids naturally found in foods – especially industrial hemp.
The importance of certain phytocannabinoids that have become popular in the media, such as CBD (Cannabidiol). Be prepared to open your minds to the compelling and evolving story about phytocannabinoids and the ECS that is evolving and how they represent the most clinically important phytonutrients to come to the industry in decades.
Carl Germano, CNS, CDN, Board Certified Clinical Nutritionist