The ECS and the Immune System
Taken from the FDA website [May 2019]: https://www.fda.gov/media/128479/download
Physician, Lucille Vega, quoting a study published by Dr. Ethan Russo.
Chronic Stress Creates a Deficit in the Endocannabinoid System
The endocannabinoid system maintains health and prevents disease.
Endocannabinoids are cannabinoids made by the body. Cannabinoids are responsible for activating the CB receptors of the endocannabinoid system, which are distributed throughout the brain and body. These receptors are the basis of the immune system—they calm inflammation. A human being actually has more CB receptors than any other type of receptor.
The endocannabinoid system is centrally enmeshed in the manifestation of stress via the HPA pathway, our central stress response system. By way of endocannabinoid signalling in the prefrontal cortex, amygdala, and hypothalamus, the CB receptors are able to alleviate over-stimulation of the HPA pathway during times of stress.
When we become chronically stressed or have chronic stress on the body, our endocannabinoids can be depleted by constantly calming the HPA axis pathway or constantly calming general inflammation in the body. Therefore, the body, depleted of cannabinoids, cannot activate the CB receptors. As a result, the endocannabinoid system of the entire brain and body can be thrown out of balance.
The endocannabinoid system is active in nearly every process of the body. Having a deficit in our endocannabinoid system can result in chronic inflammation which is a precursor to an array of diseases and ailments in both the body and the mind.
In modern life, we have pollution, inflammatory food, too little sleep, too much worry, too many phone/social media alerts, and everything has to be done ASAP. Many of us are walking around with too much stress and too few cannabinoids.
Nature Reactivates the Old Systems in the Contemporary Body
The endocannabinoid system has maintained balance in our bodies since before we were monkeys. Every mammal has an endocannabinoid system. Luckily, even if a mammal has a depleted supply of endocannabinoids, nature provides us with another form of cannabinoids: phytocannabinoids. Phytocannabinoids are cannabinoids from hemp— CBD is a phytocannabinoid. Phytocannabinoids replenish the endocannabinoids of the body, activate the CB receptors, and restore the endocannabinoid system.
A healthy endocannabinoid system is vital to a healthy body. Taking CBD (organic and full spectrum) is a great way to ensure that your body has enough cannabinoids to keep a healthy and homeostatic balance internally.
“To keep the body in good health is a duty… otherwise we shall not be able to keep our mind strong and clear.”—The Buddha
Healthy habits are a gift that all of our bodies deserve and a duty that we must prioritize. The body is the foundation of you.
An Article By Evie Louise
Evie Louise is a recent psychology graduate from New York University. She is a certified in International Cannabinoid Clinical Therapy. Evie sees all forms of the cannabis sativa plant as the future of psychiatry, and hopes to use it in her therapy practice as a full spectrum approach to mental health and wellness.