Are You Getting Enough Cannabinoids In Your Diet?
Scientist have been poking and prodding marijuana strains for a good number of years now, trying to uncover more and more of its therapeutic secrets - to great success. But to suggest we may all be deficient in marijuana is a little far-fetched right? Well apparently not, as a growing number of scientist have been covering. At present, researchers have fairly good understanding of the active psychoactive compound THC and so their cannabis curiosity was well and truly peaked.
As we already know, embedded within the brain are receptors specifically designed to accommodate the cannabinoids in pot - lucky or what? These cannabinoids bind to particular neurological areas of the brain - as though it were written in the stars. Its also important to mention that a number of cannabinoids are endogenous to the brain (meaning we make them ourselves) - which play a major role in our overall health and well-being. Anandamide is one these endogenous compound manufactured in the brain.
Clinical endocannabinoid deficiency: The underlying reason behind disease?
Pioneering research dating all the way back to 1840's by Dr. William O'Shaughnessy on cannabis and pain unveiled compelling data to show that cannabis did indeed help to alleviate various types of pain. Referring back to Anandamide, the endogenously human produced compound discovered in 1992, was to prove a great link in the research between cannabinoids and our inherently natural counterparts. Anandamide performed in the same way that THC cannabinoids act as a bliss molecule enhancing emotional satisfaction. It also played a role in mitigating inflammation and pain not to mention feelings of pleasure, memory and appetite. Which then begs the question - could cannabis actually be deemed a fitting medical replacement in case of anandamide-deficiency?
Dr. Ethan Russo the senior medical advisor at GW Pharmaceuticals and endocannabinoid advocate thinks that the possibility of endocannabinoid deficiency is high (no pun intended). Russo was quoted as saying "deficient cannabinoid levels may be the underlying cause of numerous conditions alleviated by cannabis." He then went on to explain "Migraine, fibromyalgia (widespread bodily pain), IBS and related conditions display common clinical, biochemical and pathophysiological patterns that suggest an underlying clinical endocannabinoid deficiency (CECD) that may be suitably treated with cannabinoid medicines."
Could it actually be that our body needs cannabinoids to function properly - and that disease arises in their absence? If conclusive research and proof can be established to back Dr Russo's claims, it would provide a whole new understanding of how cannabis relates to our health and well being.