Long-term imbalances in the ECS…(termed “Clinical Endocannabinoid Deficiency”, or CED) have been implicated in a growing list of disorders, including fibromyalgia, chronic fatigue syndrome, migraines, irritable bowel syndrome, infant colic, glaucoma, dysmenorrhea (menstrual cramps), and even so-called psychiatric conditions like PTSD and bipolar disorder.
When your Endocannabinoid System is functioning optimally, you are not revving too high (anxiety, insomnia) or too low (lack of energy, depression). Your body’s defenses (immunity) are not under-reactive (making you susceptible to every bug that’s going around) or over-reactive (leading to allergies, asthma, chronic inflammatory conditions like arthritis and eczema, and increasing your risk of autoimmune diseases).
A healthy ECS keeps you in that “just right” Goldilocks Zone, physically, mentally and emotionally, no matter what life throws at you. It’s all about maintaining inner balance in the face of an ever-increasingly chaotic outer world… feeling grounded, centered and resilient in the eye of the storm.
Activating Your ECS
So what can we do to make sure our Endocannabinoid System is functioning at its best? Fortunately, a lot. From a lifestyle perspective, low impact aerobic exercise, time in nature, mindfulness meditation and/or prayer, and a healthy diet rich in antioxidants, fermented foods, prebiotics and omega-3 fatty acids have all been shown to support a healthy ECS.
But the single most powerful tool we have comes from our allies in the plant kingdom. There are plant-derived compounds that have the ability to activate our Endocannabinoid System. The most famous of these - the one you’ve likely heard the most about - is cannabidiol, or CBD, derived from the cannabis plant.
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