Excerpts and information from: The CBD bible by Dr Dani Gordon
Cannabis and your Body
Scientists have discovered that we have our very own cannabis-like system naturally in our body, called the endocannabinoid system, or the ECS for short.
Our ECS helps control some of the most important physical, mental and emotional functions I the brain and body, everything from body movement, pain control and immune system function to mental, health, sleep, gut function, and even brain protection. You literally cannot overstate how important our ECS is, and it does all these crucial things by controlling something called homeostasis, or our overall brain and body balance.
We don’t really notice our endocannabinoid system until something isn’t working right. It’s like breathing, something we do in the background but only become aware of when we hold our breath.
Most of the time it’s just there, doing its balancing act without applause. However, there are many diseases and symptoms that, according to recent research, may be related to or at least involve a dysfunctional endocannabinoid system – problems like chronic pain, fibromyalgia, anxiety, and depression, neurodegenerative diseases like multiple sclerosis and Alzheimer’, epilepsy chronic headaches, irritable bowel, inflammation, autoimmune diseases and many more.
When the ECS isn’t functioning properly, adding in cannabinoids from the cannabis plant (phytocannabinoids) like CBD, THC and the hundreds of other minor cannabinoids and terpenes in a cannabis oil, cannabis flower or other method of getting into the body may help restore balance and alleviate symptoms without major side effects.
In the late 1980s the first cannabinoid receptor in the human body was found, named CB1.
The CB1 receptor is actually a protein our body makes that acts like a docking station for the plant THC/CBD to lock onto. This allows the plant THC/CBD to’ talk’ to the brain and body and interact with our very own ECS!
Cannabinoids work to help balance the flow of the neurotransmitters (brain chemicals like serotonin and Dopamine)hormones and immune cells.
In many situations where our own endocannabinoids are struggling to keep balance by themselves, such as chronic stress, anxiety, PTSD and autoimmune diseases, outside helpers like plant cannabinoids (THC and CBD) may help give them a boost.
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Because cannabis is both a drug and a medicine, it is easy to mistake that just because something is natural that it is completely safe.
CBD can affect certain medication – you can check online at Drugs.com to see if your meds will be altered by taking Phytocannabinoids.
CBD is generally a non-toxic substance, 0.3mg THC is the normal amount found in CBD - drowsiness with CBD can occur at doses higher than 100mg/day.
Please consult a medical professional.
The Cannabis clinic have some information about how to approach your doctor and can do online consults.
We can only advise you from personal experience. x