Why taking care of our ECS is important?
First thing first what is the Endocannabinoid System (ECS)?
"Endo" meaning inside and "Cannabinoid" referring to the types of molecules that are found in Cannabis.
It is a system we have inside of us which works by absorbing or producing cannabinoids.
It is now a known fact that all animals from the animal kingdom possess an endocannabinoid too.
This system was only discovered in 1992.
What does it do?
The ECS has a lot of receptors in our brain but also everywhere in our body.
New researches suggest that the ECS is connected to the most important processes happening in our anatomy. Implied in the function of our brain and our immune tissues, it also plays a major role in the regulation of our reproductive hormones and our response to stress.
Therefore, more Doctors and Scientists are now trying to get together to develop a new medicine, containing Cannabis, to prevent or cure disease, like neurodegenerative disorder (Alzheimer's and Parkinson's diseases), epilepsy, anxiety, stroke and more.
How to take care of our Endocannabinoid system
Have you ever heard of the runners high? This phenomenon has been observed in a lot of higher caliber athletes. They describe it as a distorted perception, an atypical thought pattern or even as a drug or a trance state. The runner's high will occur after 50 minutes or more of intensive training.
Scientifics haven't really been able to explain it before, because of the almost esoteric description athletes gave to it.
Finally, they discovered that 50 minutes of running at 70-80% of maximum heart rate will activate our Endocannabinoid system and could explain the "high".
This activation diminishes the pain sensation and modifies emotions and cognitive processes.
Consequently, exercising is a good way to keep our Endocannabinoid system active and balanced.
#-2- Eat omega-3 and 6 fatty acids
Omega-3 and -6 are already well known for all the benefits they have on our brain health and our nervous system.
Keep in mind our ECS works in symbiosis with these last two.
Today we can observe a major imbalance concerning the daily amount of omega-3 and 6 we should
ingest and the amount we actually absorb from our diet.
This imbalance is believed to cause several neurological and neuropsychiatric disorders.
In the end, if you don't get the appropriate intake of omega-3 and 6 your body might decline its
production of Endocannabinoids.
#3- Drink less alcohol
Abuse of alcohol or any other psychoactive substance for that matter can result in increasing or decreasing the activation of your ECS receptors. More specifically the ones called CB1.
Detoxifying is a good way to rebalance not only your Endocannabinoid system but all your body functions as well.
If you are a frequent user of these drugs the withdrawal period won't be easy, but it is now proven that after a month of abstinence your receptors will go back to their natural levels.
The sunlight is good for so many things but also our Endocannabinoid system.
Regular exposure will induce a higher production of Cannabinoids from our ECS.
It is recommended to spend at least 15 min per day in the sun.
This specific ack to balance the ECS is specially directed for people from Nordic countries where the sun is less present during the winter.
As good as it can be the sun can be damaging for the skin. Always protect your self and don't be exposed more than 15 minutes in the direct sunlight.
Not much has been found on the subject yet, but a lot of ECS expert seems to agree that reducing our levels of stress could be beneficial for our Endocannabinoid system.
Just like balanced sun exposure, having a healthy level of stress and reduced anxiety can definitely help our bodies function better.
If you never tried meditation, an easy thing to start is to focus on one external thing, like the flame of a candle, for 7 minutes, two times a day.
When trying this exercise, you want to think about nothing else but that object or sound you decided to focus on. It won't be easy at first but the more you do it the easier it gets.
Some of those tips you might already have introduced in your lifestyle naturally without really thinking about it.
This one may appear surprising to you.
Our Endocannabinoid system is implicated in our reproductive functions. The ECS is responsible for transferring the Fertilized egg in the uterus.
A study made in Germany even observed that the endocannabinoid system would also be an active player in the health of male and female fertility.
The stimulation of sexual hormones in females and males when getting an orgasm by masturbation has been proven to deliver a boost of cannabinoids.
Because the Endocannabinoid system has many receptors located in our gut, it is imperative that our gut health is well-taking care of.
The ECS is an important regulator of our gastrointestinal system. It has been linked to some forms of irritable bowel syndrome.
It also has a major role in the control of nausea and vomiting and even intestinal inflammation.
In resume what is good for the gut is good for the ECS. Thus, why probiotics and prebiotics are recommended for a healthy ECS.
Fermented food like sauerkraut and kefir will help rebalance the good bacterias in our gut.
Herbs have been used as an herbal medicine for thousands of years.
Why is it good for the Endocannabinoid system?
Because most herbs like cinnamon, mint or oregano hold a high amount of terpenes they stimulate and interact directly with our ECS.
Massage has significant effects on health.
When receiving a massage, we generally will be relaxed. A lot more relaxed than usual. That "anti-stress" effect of massage is good for the Endocannabinoids system.
Massages can help increase blood flow, increase skin temperature and stimulate the immune system. It also stimulates and heals connective tissue.
To top it all it stimulates the production of a certain cannabinoid called anandamide. It has been proven to increase the production of that cannabinoid by 168%.
More researchers acknowledge the powerful effects of massage on our Endocannabinoid System.
Phytocannabinoids are simply cannabinoids found in plants. The use of cannabis ore derivative Cannabis products is proven to help balance our ECS.
A lot of people are not comfortable with the use of cannabis because of its psychoactive side effects.
Let me reassure you; there are many new products you can use that won't get you high. The most popular is called CBD or Cannabidiol. This compound is extracted for the Hemp plant.
The Hemp plant is in the same family as the Cannabis Sativa but it contains less than .3% of THC thus won't make you high.
On the market today you can find a variety of products that can help you balanced your Endocannabinoid system. You simply have to find what works best for you.
In the end, if you are on the quest for a perfectly balance Endocannabinoids system, you can start by adding these changes to your lifestyle and the result might surprise you.
If not, these things are just good things to keep in mind to take care of yourself better.
**These statements have not been evaluated by the Food & Drug Administration and are in no way intended to treat or diagnose any physical ailment or disease. Please consult your Doctor before adding CBD or any supplement to your diet. Most workplace and competitive sports drug screens focus on delta-tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) and do not screen for Cannabinol (CBD) or other legal and natural hemp-based compounds. Be advised, studies have shown that consuming hemp foods or oils can cause a positive result when screening urine and blood specimens. Therefore, if you are subject to any form of drug testing or screening. We recommended (as does the United States Armed Services) that you DO-NOT ingest CBD or hemp oil before consulting your healthcare practitioner or your drug screening testing company or employer.