The Endocannabinoid System

In an ideal situation, where all the systems of the body including the circulatory, digestive, endocrine, immune, muscular, nervous, reproductive and respiratory and skeletal system function optimally, this perfect functioning of an organism is called the homeostasis, which can be also understood as a dynamic state of equilibrium.

The endocannabinoid system is a primary “instrument” in charge of maintaining homeostasis, and this is why the cells of all these different systems and tissues have cannabinoid receptors.

In a nutshell, the endocannabinoid system helps to maintain health on a cellular level in every of system of the body, vigilantly reacting and adapting to the continuous changes our body encounters. And most importantly, for this discussion, is that cannabinoid compounds found in the cannabis/marijuana plant ‘feed’ the ECS. Simply put, cannabis is not only a medicine, it could prove to be one of the most important medicines because it fuels the ECS and returns the body to a healthy balance. Read more about the ECS here. Or you can watch a 3 minute YouTube clip below.

Cannabis holds a place in human health care that makes it a once in a generation opportunity, on many levels. The cannabis industry is predicted to become a US$500 billion a year industry.

The monumental importance of the Endocannabinoid system

A Summary of the discussion By Dr David Allen MD, retired cardiac surgeon and member of the International Cannabinoid Research Society (ICRS).

Dr Allen is a cannabinoid research scientist. In this video, he tells us that the discovery of the Endocannabinoid System (ECS). Dr Allen says that the significance of this system will change medicine.

The endocannabinoid system first discovered about 30 years ago, however at that time, according to Dr Allen, we did not understand significance of this discovery. The ECS is a chemical communication and is not electrical. Dr Allen explains that this chemical system is like the hormone system. He goes on to explain that our body makes these cannabinoids making them endogenous so they are endocannabinoids. He goes on to say that we are just learning the significance of this system and yet they perform some miraculous functions in the body.

Basically, the endocannabinoid system is responsible for homeostasis, and that means that its the body’s ability to maintain itself and function in the proper environment. It is critically important that doctors understand this control mechanism.

Dr Allen makes some important statements such as "We are finding out that manipulation of this endocannabinoid system will control diabetes, it controls cancer, It controls whether you can survive a heart attack or a stroke. So this is critically important for doctors to understand this new science".

He says that the "discovery of the endocannabinoid system is the single most important medical scientific discovery ever. This will result in more lives being saved than by the discovery and application of sterile surgical techniques, and I am a heart surgeon saying that. So more people will be saved by the manipulation of the Endocannabinoid system than are currently saved by surgery."

Dr. David Allen’s Cannabis Digest articles:

The Endocannabinoid System - receptors in the body