What is this Endocannabinoid System (ECS)?
Our ECS is a major signaling network between the brain, the nervous system, and our peripheral organs. Keeping the ECS in check, which our products promote, is key to living healthy! Our ECS is comprised of these 10 organs:Brain, Bowels, Heart, Kidneys, Skin, Liver, Stomach, Lungs, Eyes, Teeth
Within each of these organs are endocannabinoid receptors. These receptors are named CB1 for CannaBinoid receptors found primarily in the brain, and CB2 for CannaBinoid receptors found throughout the body. Both types of receptors require specific nutrients to maintain and heal their balance or homeostasis of the following physiological processes found in the brain and body.
CB1 and CB2 receptors monitor, heal, and balance these ECS physiological processes: Memory, Insulin, Energy metabolism, Mood, Fat metabolism, Pain sensation, Appetite, Inflammation
Activate your ECS Without Cannabis Terpenes
Only recently have we learned that the human body possesses an endocannabinoid system. When this system is out of balance our brain and body's well being is compromised. Below are some ways for us to naturally maintain this balance, avoiding drugs, narcotics and doctors visits altogether.
FOODS & BEVERAGES
Herbs and Spices contain terpenes in many forms, either as vitamins, flavonoids, polyphenols, etc. There are hundreds of terpenes. Some of the more popular terpenes are Linalool which is found in lavender, Pinene which is found in rosemary and Limonene which is found in lemon. Other more popular terpenes include Myrcene and Caryophyllene that are found in rosemary, basil, cinnamon, black pepper and the remaining millions of botanical beauties.
Terpenes give these botanicals their aroma and medicinal properties and often heal as an anti-inflammatory, neuroprotective, antidepressant, antianxiety and antialcoholism, reducing neuropathic pain through the CB2 receptors.
Teas contain a terpene called catechin, which is a powerful antioxidant compound that has anti-inflammatory and neuroprotective effects. In our teas, catechins target and bind to cannabinoid receptors in the central nervous system. Green tea possesses a superior catechins, Epigallocatechin gallate (EGCG).
Flavonoids are a diverse group of plant compounds found in almost all fruits and vegetables. Chocolate, tea, wine, and some beans, herbs, spices, nuts and seeds also contain them. Overall, the more colorful a food is, the richer it is in flavonoids. Flavonoids inhibit fatty acid amide hydrolase (FAAH), which is the enzyme responsible for the breakdown of the endocannabinoids (anandamide)
Diindolylmethane (DIM) is an anti-carcinogenic compound found in cruciferous vegetables such as broccoli, cauliflower, brussel sprouts, cabbage and kale. Studies show that DIM reduces inflammation because it binds to CB2 receptors.
Dark Chocolate is rich in multiple antioxidants, such as anandamide, flavonols, and polyphenols, reducing oxidative stress and cortisol. Cortisol plays a major roll in managing stress and one's mood.
Coffee is another way to stimulate and support your endocannabinoid system. Researchers believe that the cannabinoid system is involved in the psychoactive properties of caffeine. Ideally, try to consume the whole coffee fruit, instead of just the coffee bean or pure caffeine. Traditionally, the coffee bean is extracted from the coffee fruit for roasting, leaving the surrounding fruit discarded. But that’s a huge problem! The coffee fruit contains several healthy compounds not found in coffee beans themselves.
Extra Virgin Olive Oil has strong anti-inflammatory effects upregulating CB1 receptors.
Omega-3 Fatty Acids are essential fats that our body cannot produce itself. They are necessary for the normal electrical functioning of your brain and nervous system. Research shows that they increase the synthesis of endocannabinoids and upregulate both CB1 and CB2 receptors, and that there is a connection between low omega-3 fatty acid intake, poor endocannabinoid function and mood changes. Hemp Seed Oil is a fantastic source of Omegas and Amino Acids.
Black Truffle Tuber melanosporum is an edible mushroom containing anandamide. which is an important neurotransmitter.
ENVIRONMENTAL & PERSONAL Measures toRebalance your ECS
Exercise is the fastest way to stimulate and support your endocannabinoid system. Exercise significantly upregulates our CB1 receptors while enhancing the CB1's receptor sensitivity. This protects against stress, increases levels of anandamide and activates cannabinoid signaling.
Researchers now believe that endocannabinoids may actually be responsible for the “runner’s high” (euphoria) during exercise, and not necessarilly endorphins.
Note: Forced exercise is seen by the endocannabinoid system as a type of stress, and therefore does not increase endocannabinoid levels, but actually decrease CB1 signaling. Exercise should be fun and consistent.
Emotional Stress Reduction has been shown to downregulate CB1 receptors. High cortisol levels, for prolonged periods of time, such as those caused by chronically stressful circumstances, reduce CB1 receptors and significantly reduces cannabinoid binding to our CB1 receptors, and chronic psychological stress reduces endocannabinoid levels in the brain. Neurofeedback, meditation, massage, acupuncture, eye movement desensitization and reprocessing (EMDR), emotional freedom techniques (EFT), heart-rate variability (HRV) training are great for Emotional Stress Reduction. Reduce stress by including zinc, magnesium, ashwagandha and phosphatidylserine into your diet.
Osteopathy is a healing modality that emphasizes the treatment of disease by manipulating and massaging the bones, joints, and muscles. Endocannabinoid levels increased by 168%, on average after osteopathic treatment.
Cold Exposure has been shown to increase endocannabinoid levels. Researchers have also found that cold exposure significantly increases the density of CB1 neurons. Try finishing your next shower with at least 30 seconds of cold water or place those weary warm souls in a bucket of cold water.
Male and female sex hormones (testosterone, estradiol, progesterone) also stimulate and support the endocannabinoid system. Both testosterone and estradiol have been shown to upregulate CB1 receptors. Estradiol also increases the synthesis and release of the endocannabinoids (anandamide), which activates CB1 receptors.
Agmatine is a metabolite of the amino acid arginine and helps reduce pain, treat drug addiction, protect the brain, enhance the pain killing effects of cannabinoids action and signaling through the CB1 receptor.
Probiotics lactobacillus acidophilus increases the expression of CB2 receptors, stimulating the vagus nerve and helping with depression.