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The Importance of the Endocannabinoid System

Mar 7, 2022

The Endocannabinoid System is something that I find extremely important in women’s health. It is a system that we all have but were never educated on. A network of receptors throughout every system of the body that communicate and regulate our body functions. When it comes to hormones, stress and digestion – this system is key. Think of CBD as a tool to create better, more efficient communication with the Endocannabinoid System. That’s right, it isn’t just a fad – it has a major purpose.

When I started using the CBD, I was really going into it with a beginner’s mind. There are so many products out there and I know many of our clients were confused about the efficacy and the quality of what they were finding in their area. I was on a mission to find the highest quality, for a sustainable price, that was actually bioavailable. It’s important to us, as clinicians, to be a guinea pig ourselves. I don’t recommend something that I’ve never run on myself first. 

First things first, I realized the importance of using CBD therapeutically versus “I am stressed, let’s take some CBD.” The consistency and quality of the CBD is essential for optimal communication with the endocannabinoid system. Next I realized that water solubility is key for uptaking without having to go through the gut and liver for processing – like oil based CBD. For my clients struggling with gut issues and distress, water solubility was a must. It is literally like getting an IV of CBD right into the bloodstream and therefore, right into the endocannabinoid system.

The endocannabinoid system contributes to everything the body does on a daily basis. And it regulates every single system rhythm and function in our body to keep us alive, thriving, and well. This system in the body is now referred to as one of the master regulators, and also the universal regulator. Because it is involved in every single process in our body that allows us to move to, function, and recover as well as to be able to handle pain to be able to overcome pain. 

In the early 90s, they thought that the endocannabinoid system just existed in the brain and that it was part of our nervous system. Upon continually researching and looking at it more in-depth, scientists realized the receptors are illuminated in the entire body. There is a biochemical and physical reaction when we start supporting our endocannabinoid eystem. When we realize how long we have not been supporting our endocannabinoid system, things begin to make sense and we understand why people are challenged in their health. This system was introduced to us not very long ago and its involvement has been overlooked. 

Something important to think about is how we can get better at tuning into what our body is telling us, rather than looking for some outside answer. The master regulator gives us the opportunity to do that tuning work and question how things are functioning. We can ask how hormonal balance is doing? How is metabolism? Maybe there are a myriad of things that are going on, but we end up spending a lot of time running around to different specialists trying to chase down a diagnosis. Instead, go behind the scenes, kind of like a puppeteer, and ask how to work with the master regulator to bring more homeostasis into the body and all these systems.

The gut and hormone connection are also very important when working with the Endocannabinoid System and can really influence it. In my own story, anxiety was something that I was dealing with and had been dealing with for a long time. I didn’t really know how much stress my nervous system was under until I started really tuning into the endocannabinoid system. Many of my clients are dealing with anxiety, depression, neuroinflammation, brain fog symptoms, and cognitive decline. It is important to think about this as what is going on a physiological level. The endocannabinoid system is offering us the ability to generate new neuronal pathways, and new neurons to protect the nervous system. 

To bring it all together – our knowledge of the endocannabinoid system has come a long way since the 1990s. Over the years science has learned that this very important system plays a vital role in every aspect of our health. One of the systems that the endocannabinoid system is involved with is the connection between the gut and hormones. So, if you are curious about CBD and how this tool can help support you on your health journey, please feel free to reach out and book a Strategy Session with our team. The benefits are incredible, but knowing the appropriate timing and dosage is key. Here is where we can figure out the right path for your body to optimize your health for the future.

 

 

 

 

 

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Hi, I’m Frankie
Becoming a Functional Nutritionist was born out of my love of working in women’s health and my own health crisis that hit in 2011. It was then that I realized that the body cannot be taken for granted. With two cancer scares in one year, I decided to take my health into my own hands, guided by the intelligence of functional medicine. As a Functional Diagnostic Nutrition Practitioner, I use data and mindfulness techniques to motivate change. My client relationships are filled with loving connections and precise planning.

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