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In the late 1980s Israeli researchers were investigating the effects of cannabis on the body when they discovered the Endocannabinoid system known as ECS. Further research found two receptors, CB1 and CB2. CB1 receptors are predominantly found in the central nervous system throughout the body and in the brain. CB2 receptors are also spread around the body but are most prevalent in the immune system. Keeping the mind and body systems in balance, a process known as Homeostasis, is the purpose of the ECS. To achieve this the body produces its own compounds called Endogenous cannabinoids, which are activated by the ECS when imbalance occurs. They then interact with the CB1 and CB2 receptors to instigate the desired balancing act.
Clinical Endocannabinoid Deficiency (CECD) is proposed as a shortage of these Endocannabinoids, leading to the inability of the body to effect the corrective balancing. The stresses and strains of the modern world coupled with poor quality food and pollution mean the Endocannabinoid system is challenged, as it attempts to rebalance our various body systems.
There is a school of thought that believes this deficiency is caused by an imbalance of omega 3 and omega 6 fatty acids in our modern diet. Too much 6 and not enough 3. Couple this with omega 3 being a key building block for the ECS receptors and you have an understanding why CECD could be fairly widespread. At Golden Goose our carrier oil of choice is Hemp Seed oil, itself rich in Omega 3.
Cannabis produces its own Phytocannabinoids, CBD being one of them, which can help supplement our body’s ECS and aid it to perform this very important balancing act, of bringing the body back into balance. There is growing evidence to suggest that supplementing our diets with these cannabis cannabinoids, stimulates the production of more CB1 and CB2 receptors, allowing for a more responsive ECS resulting in a huge benefit to health.
Our understanding of this body system is growing daily and will perhaps become the most important target for medical research and advancement over the next decade.
Since the late 80’s discovery, the importance of the ECS is becoming more widely accepted and its malfunction seen as a more serious issue. Presently, research in this area is looking very promising.
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