The Endocannabinoid System

The Endocannabinoid System

Because the ECS affects everything, it's no wonder that cannabis oil is such a powerful medicine!

There’s a system in the body that no one is talking about. Medical students don’t learn about it. Up until recently, medical science ignored it almost completely.

At school in Biology, we all learn about the Nervous, Muscular, Skeletal, Circulatory and Pulmonary Systems. But, there’s another system. It’s a system above all the other systems. It controls the other systems. In fact, there’s not a single function in the human body that is not affected by it. And It’s been completely left out of most medical textbooks despite its discovery almost 30 years ago.

You can use this system to take over the control of your health. It’s called The Endocannabinoid System.

What is the Endocannabinoid System?

The Endocannabinoid System (ECS) is a part of all animal systems besides insects, stretching back into our evolutionary past by at least 600 million years. It’s a messenger and receptor system that’s integral to homeostasis, or balance, in our bodies. The endocannabinoid affects almost everything from embryonic development to our immune system’s surveillance of cancer cells.

The Endocannabinoid System is a communications platform, one which communicates with other bodily functions and organs. It corrects, directs, and overall, manages your health and well-being.

Think of the endocannabinoid system in terms of being a simple messenger. Think about a loud, noisy next-door neighbour with his music at full volume. Chances are you’ll soon be knocking on his door politely asking him to turn the music down. The endocannabinoid system works like this. Our cells, instead of our neighbours, are making a loud noise about things they’re experiencing such as stress, being in pain, or complaining about inflammation. These processes need to be checked. They can’t continue forever. It’s the endocannabinoid system’s responsibility to tone down the noise. It brings your body back into balance so that it can relax and remember to eat, to fall asleep, to forget traumatic experiences, and to protect itself, along with a host of other duties.

We all learn that the brain is the boss! This is not the case. The ECS regulates our body functions. And, this system of cannabinoid receptors is found everywhere – in the brain and throughout the body.

Scientists are still studying the ECS. So far we know that it is at least involved in these bodily functions:

  • Sleep
  • Learning and memory
  • Apetite and digestion
  • Mood
  • Memory
  • Immune system responses including anti-cancer and anti-inflammation
  • Motor control
  • Bone function, remodeling and growth
  • liver function
  • Heart function
  • Muscle formation
  • Skin and nerve function
  • Reproduction

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The four components of the Endocannabinoid system

There are four components of the endocannabinoid system:

  • Cannabinoid receptors – CB1 and CB2
  • Endocannabinoid molecules that our own bodies make – Anandamide and 2AG. These are similar in structure to THC and CBD.
  • Synthesizing enzymes that make cannabinoids when needed
  • Degradation enzymes that break down the endocannabinoids after they’re used

Related: Dr Matty Moore Explains Endocannabinoids

Keeping it a Secret

The war on drugs produced a lot of casualties, as any war does. Because of marijuana, cannabis, or dagga, people’s lives have been altered – many imprisoned, many shunned by society. Another casualty was the field of medical knowledge, and with that, the damage done to humanity’s health.

The medicine, which is cannabis, used by people for thousands of years as the most potent medicinal herb in existence, was systematically criminalized by the prompting and lobbying of powerful interests, often with very real racial undertones and motivations.

The ECS was discovered in the 1980s along with the discovery of how THC works. THC, as you might know, is the cannabinoid molecule found in cannabis. The molecule is very similar to our own bodies’ cannabinoid molecules, and in fact, we’re discovering more phytocannabinoids every year that interact with our bodily systems (‘phyto’ means plant-based).

We discovered a fundamentally important physiological system therefore because of a criminalised plant. However, cannabis was once one of the top 3 prescribed treatments prescribed by doctors well into the 20th century.

Medical Science kept the Endocannabinoid System secret for so long because its existence validated the use of an outlawed plant. There’s also a case to be made for pharmaceutical companies applying pressure to keep cannabis illegal, and to keep the cannabinoid system an under-studied field. Pharmaceutical companies couldn’t make money from a plant that anyone can grow themselves, and turn into their own cannabis oil medicine.

ECS Dysfunction and Disease

The endocannabinoid system is not impervious to damage and to ageing. Damage to the ECS inevitably leads to disease. The top contributors to a damaged ECS system are:

  • The junk foods that we eat
  • Chronic use of presciption drugs
  • Environmental pollutants and toxins
  • Emotional stress

There’s a complex interplay between these contributors and our genetics. Avoid these in order to care for yourself and your ECS. Ways to strengthen your ECS include:

  • Eating real food
  • Supplement your diet with adaptagenic herbs and spices. They soothe and tone the endocannabinoid system.
  • Detox. This cleanses the body, reduces inflammation and rids the body of toxins that interfere with the correct functioning of the ECS
  • Incorporate Cannabis Oil into one’s life that include THC, CBD and all the other cannabinoids present in the cannabis plant. These help our body’s ECS whe it’s not functioning at full capacity.
  • Sleeping, yoga, meditation, deep breathing excercises, prayer. These all soothe the ECS.
  • Maintain healthy relationships. Hugging in combination with healthy relationships triggers the release of endocannabinoids.
  • Excercise. The runner’s high we experience is not because the body is releasing endorphines, it’s because the body is releasing Anandimide, our body’s own cannabinoid!

Endocannabinoid Deficiency

Clinical Endocannabinoid Deficiency is a theory that low endocannabinoid levels in the human body can contribute to the development of certain conditions and diseases.

What conditions are treated by cannabis cannabinoids?

Cannabis Oil contains all of the cannabinoids found in cannabis. These cannabinoids interact with our ECS. Because the ECS affects everything, it’s no wonder that cannabis oil is such a powerful medicine! Some of the conditions that cannabis oil is used for in South Africa and around the world include:

About Cannabis Oil South Africa

Cannabis Oil South Africa sells Phoenix Tears Cannabis Oil. Based in Johannesburg, we offer cannabis oil for sale with delivery to the whole of South Africa, including Johannesburg, Cape Town, Durban. Click here for our shop.

Cannabis oil is also known as THC Oil, Hemp Oil, Dagga Oil, Fully Extracted Cannabis Oil (Feco), Hash Oil, Phoenix Tears, commonly misspelt as Fenix Tears.

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