ECS Research: Gives Hope to Millions Who Want Effective, Natural Relief
The Most Important System in Your Body… that Most People Never Heard Of.
New Understanding of the Endocannabinoid System Gives Hope to Millions Stuck on Dangerous Prescriptions to Find Relief Naturally
Last week we began exploring the science behind CBD. We shared cutting-edge research on the potential effectiveness of CBD to treat anxiety, relieve chronic pain, help you sleep, and slow the progression of chronic conditions. But not all products deliver those results. In fact, most don’t. And the problem gets worse. Big pharmaceutical companies are trying to sneak in and control the industry, stealing it from the pioneers who blazed a trail. We’ll talk about that in a minute.
First, a little background. The body of evidence around CBD benefits is growing rapidly, and new products and uses are being developed almost daily. Recent breakthroughs in CBD science are providing hope to millions. Today, we’re finally starting to understand how CBD works in the body.
It’s through an incredibly important system, that most people have never heard of… the Endogenous Cannabinoid System also referred to as the Endocannabinoid System (ECS).
What Does the ECS in Your Body Do?
The ECS is tasked with maintaining homeostasis across multiple systems in your body and affects trillions of cells and processes. Endocannabinoids and their receptors are found in the brain, organs, connective tissues, glands, and immune cells.
In each tissue, the ECS performs different tasks, but the goal is always the same, to maintain a stable and optimal internal environment so your body can perform at its peak. Cannabinoids are found at the intersection of almost all bodily systems.
For example, when you’re injured, the ECS sends cannabinoids to the site to inhibit the release of activators and sensitizers, stabilizing the injured tissue and nerves around it to prevent excessive firing, inflammation, and pain.
The endocannabinoid system manages complex actions in our immune system, nervous system, and all of the body’s organs. It is a bridge between body and mind. It was in the 1960s that Dr. Raphael Mechoulam of Hebrew University discovered the link between cannabinoids and the ECS, found in all mammals. He identified that the ECS is present throughout the brain, body, glands, organs, and skin.
Since then research has largely been stifled, especially in the United States because of limiting laws around hemp and cannabis.
Several articles retrieved in PubMed related to cannabis and hemp.
In recent years, and especially since the full legalization of hemp in 2018, we are learning a lot more about the ECS and Cannabinoids. Here’s what we know about CBD. Multiple studies have shown CBD can produce many of the benefits attributed to cannabis, but without the psychoactive properties that give people a “high.” And it doesn’t come with a laundry list of side effects, like with most prescriptions. CBD products are everywhere you look these days.
But because there is no regulation, most of these products fail to interact with the ECS and provide the benefits demonstrated in research. And it’s not that companies want to sell products that don’t work, they just miss a few pieces of the puzzle.
That’s a problem we’ll discuss in our next article. Here’s the bigger, more critical issue.
Big Pharma has seen potential and CBD derived prescription medications are currently being developed for epilepsy, Parkinson’s, Dravet’s syndrome, Glaucoma, and more. Today, researchers at dozens of companies are looking at CBD to fight cancer tumors and aid in recovery from heart attacks and stroke.
Why Is That Such a Big Problem?
Did you know that the annual cost for healthcare in the United States around $2.6 trillion (yes, with a “T”)! That might be digestible if we were the healthiest country on earth, but we’re not. Not even close. According to the World Health Organization, we’re the 33rd healthiest… wedged right between Bosnia and the Czech Republic. Yes, you read that correctly.
It’s no secret that our health care system is broken. Even worse, the game is rigged.
Big Pharma spends $240 million every year influencing lawmakers to support an environment that blocks any treatment option that’s not a prescription drug. And the consequences go way beyond financial.
Approximately 140 million Americans are struggling through chronic conditions every day. Many are stuck on a prescription merry-go-round. Doctors prescribe drugs to treat symptoms… often producing horrible side effects… requiring yet more drugs to treat the new symptoms. Growing research in the hemp field suggests that the plant (once shrouded in fear and misinformation) is a highly effective and safer treatment option for many conditions.
Now that science is catching up and proving what many of us have known for decades… the corporations and big companies want to cash in. That typically means mass-produced products with cheap production methods to maximize profit.
Let’s keep this in the hands of the pioneers who got us here.
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