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You may have heard about something called the endocannabinoid system recently.
And if you haven’t, that’s because its discovery has been, well, recent!
It’s true. It was only in the early 1990s that an Israeli researcher named Dr. Raphael Mechoulam and his team began uncovering something that would slowly change the face of medicine from that point forward.
First came the discovery of cannabinoid receptors in the human brain, in 1988. This was quite controversial at the time — and for good reason! The idea that a plant had its own receptor system built into the human body was surprising. Even after this discovery, though, there was still a missing link.
Finally, an endocannabinoid was identified. Literally, an internally produced cannabis-like substance — researchers on Mechoulam’s team named it anandamide. Ananda, meaning “bliss” in Sanskrit, and the suffix -mide, to make it sound scientific. The bliss molecule was elucidated.
All this had happened by around 1994…and the practical implications of such a discovery are still happening today.
So, we now know that everyone has an Endocannabinoid System. It’s comprised of receptors and endocannabinoids that are received by them. This system helps the body maintain homeostasis by overseeing the function of other neurotransmitters and chemical messengers. It does this in a unique way, through something called retrograde signaling
This is where things can get technical. But suffice to say that endocannabinoids complete a microscopic cellular feedback loop that helps the body communicate — with itself.
This is where CBD comes in. You’ve probably heard of this, too, as CBD is pretty much all the rage these days. But CBD isn’t the full story. In the end, it’s about a person and their vibrancy and health, not a product of a plant compound.
When a person’s endocannabinoid system is healthy, amazing things happen. Immune responses may strengthen, sleep can improve, inflammation is kept in check. The entire body benefits from ongoing homeostatic regulation. And who doesn’t want to stay in balance in the face of stressors and environmental toxins?
Thankfully, restoration of the ECS can be achieved with a few simple, actionable steps. We’ll get into the details behind all four tactics in future posts, but for now, here’s the shortlist:
1. Morning Sunlight Exposure
Sunlight is a big deal for many things, among them circadian rhythm. Turns out it’s also critical for ECS health, which is tied in with our biological clock. When you get out in the sun, nitric oxide, another retrograde signaller, is activated, and endocannabinoids act to balance out its activity with minimal free radical production. Long story short, morning sunlight boosts endocannabinoid production at the very right time of day.
And by hemp…we mean hemp flower or CBD-rich hemp extracts. CBD stimulates the ECS directly, in far more ways than one.
Seafood is rich in omega 3 fatty acids — and omega 3 fatty acids actually provide the building blocks for endocannabinoids, almost like amino acids provide the building blocks for protein. In case you needed another reason to eat that maple-glazed seafood, keep this one mind!
The research has been done, and the verdict is clear: exercise is a form of mild stress that our body actually overcompensates for…by making extra endocannabinoids. Even runner’s high is a form of endocannabinoid-inspired bliss.
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That’s it for now, Take Care!