Activating ECS for Optimal Health
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The ECS can be upregulated and downregulated depending on how the system is affected by various internal and external stimuli.
Proper activation of the ECS can be facilitated through diet and exercise & therapy. Click on the links to the left for more information on how to produce proper levels of endocannabinoids in your body without the use of drugs.
The ECS is a homeostatic regulator of sub-cellular biochemistry, intercellular communication, and all body systems.
The various systems affected include cardiovascular, digestive, endocrine, immunological, nervous, musculo-skeletal, reproductive, respiratory, and tegumentary.
The purpose of this website is to provide readers with an understanding of how to activate the ECS in a way that allows it to signal correctly to homeostaticly regulate various systems within the body to help fight disease.
There is new evidence implying that whatever you are genetically predisposed to illicit as disease will manifest if proper endocannabinoid levels are not present in the human body.
Although we can produce our own endocannabinoids in the body, sometimes supplemental cannabis MAY be appropriate (where allowed by law).
Research has shown that small doses of cannabinoids from marijuana can signal the body to make more endocannabinoids and build more cannabinoid receptors.
Endocannabinoids regulate the function of adipocytes (fat cells). Adipocytes are the body’s energy store, accumulating energy as fat. They are also important in regulating the balance of lipids (blood fats) and glucose in the body.
PTSD and Memory
In a recent study, researchers found that people with PTSD had lower serum levels of AEA (anandamide), an endogenous cannabinoid compound, compared to those who did not show signs of PTSD after 9/11.
Scientists have determined that normal CB-1 receptor signaling deactivates traumatic memories and endows us with the gift of forgetting.
PTSD is one of many enigmatic conditions that may arise because of a dysfunctional endocannabinoid system.
Researchers at the University of Buffalo have published a study that shows “chronic stress reduced the production of endocannabinoids, leading to depression-like behavior.
Pre- and Post-Natal Nutrition
Endocannabinoids are found in both human and bovine milk as the ECS plays a critical role in suckling and milk intake.
Immediately after birth, cannabinoid CB1 receptor activation appears to play an essential role in the initiation of suckling, which is necessary for successful postnatal growth, development and thriving.
The ECS plays an essential role in embryonic implantation (and the preceding pre-implantation events) and in the development of the nervous system, regulating processes such as neurogenesis, axon guidance and synaptogenesis.
ALS - Lou Gehrig's Disease
In animals with ALS, THC administered either before or after the onset of the disease delayed motor impairment and prolonged survival.
Endocannabinoids have been found to exert neuroprotection in several conditions, such as cerebral ischemia, brain injury, neuroinflammation and excitotoxicity linked to seizure activity and associated neurodegeneration.