The New Frontier of Healthcare and the Endocannabinoid System

I recently attended a webinar with Laura Lagano MS, RD, and CDN. Laura holds a Master of Science degree from Columbia University where she is currently a doctoral candidate in the field of Nutrition and Health Education. Laura’s area of expertise is the endocannabinoid system and her research explores how cannabis and cannabinol (CBD) can be integrated with other holistic modalities to optimize health and wellness.

The Endocannabinoid System is a system of receptors throughout the body called CB1 and CB2. This is a 600 million year old system that is now regarded as the most important physiological process for establishing and maintaining human health. The system is named after the cannabis plant that led to its discovery.CB1 is expressed in the central nervous system, connective tissue, heart, lung, GI system, muscles, joints and skin. CB2 is expressed in the immune system, bones and spleen. These two key receptors regulate gut health, pain, women’s health, mood, memory, insomnia and immune function.

Cannabis has been used as a medicinal herb for over 10,000 years. It is especially effective with epilepsy, Alzheimer’s, pain management, Multiple Sclerosis, PTSD, depression, ADHD and gut issues to name a few. CBD is a potent anti-inflammatory and fortunately our medical paradigm is shifting away from the use of opiates to a more holistic model that includes CBD and medical marijuana. CBD has been hailed as a miracle, in fact; the US government currently has a patent on cannabis as an anti-inflammatory.

The discovery of the Endocannabinoid System has little to do with the psychoactive component of marijuana and THC and more to do with compounds that our bodies make, as well as, factors in food and medicinal plants. This system is a master conductor, sending chemical messages and triggering biological actions throughout the body that are critical to health and wellbeing.

Nutritionally you can support the Endocannabinoid System by following the Mediterranean Diet which includes lots of fresh vegetables, fruits, seafood, legumes, Omega 6 fatty acids, such as olive oil, avocados, salmon, walnuts, as well as a high quality Omega 3 fish oil. In addition, minimize your consumption of animal protein, processed foods, dairy, pasta and bread. Reducing stress levels and participating in a regular exercise program will also help to regulate the Endocannabinoid System.

As many of you know, we carry“CBD Clinic” oils in our Spa. These products have been flying off the shelf and with good reason, they work! CBD is a powerful analgesic and anti-inflammatory. All of the products are organically grown and are of the highest quality. CBD works topically, via the peripheral nervous system and therefore the ingredients do not enter the bloodstream.

If you have any questions or concerns, please free to email me with your questions. If you are currently suffering from chronic pain and inflammation, I encourage you to try our new product line.

Written by: Marlene Dickinson
Director of Wellness at MAC
Holistic Wellness Coach

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