Research: Will Cannabis Make You Healthy?

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How does maintaining the endocannabinoid system contribute to your health? As Dr. Bonni Goldstien wrote for Project CBD, “Take care of your endocannabinoid system and it will take care of you.” This recently discovered body system just may form the foundation of our health and wellbeing, yet we still know very little about looking after it. A balanced endocannabinoid system manages mood, memory, inflammation, chronic pain, appetite, and more. Doesn’t it require daily upkeep and maintenance? And further, if you support your endocannabinoid system with cannabis intake, will you prevent the onset of illness and disease to make yourself more healthy? Here’s what the research says. Dr. Goldstein, a Los Angeles based physician, details four ways to support the endocannabinoid system: diet, exercise, therapeutic approaches, and cannabis. Recommendations for diet and exercise aren’t surprising, but will cannabis make you healthy? It’s time to investigate ways to keep your endocannabinoid system balanced and happy, including the use of cannabis. What is the Endocannabinoid System? If the endocannabinoid system doesn’t ring any bells, it’s because researchers stumbled on to this physiologic regulatory system only a few short decades ago. Since its discovery, researchers have determined it’s primary mission is to maintain constant homeostasis. The system comprises two elements: receptors and chemical messengers. These work together to respond to internal or environmental stressors. If an imbalance is detected, the endocannabinoid system sends out transmissions (called endocannabinoids) to activate or deactivate two receptors: CB1 and CB2. A primary example of this action is the inflammatory response. The CB2 receptors help suppress pro-inflammatory compounds’ expression, preventing the spread of localized inflammation to other areas of the body. The two endocannabinoids, AEA and 2-AG, also play an important role in increasing or decreasing inflammation. Will Cannabis Make Immune Cells More Healthy? As a 2017 paper on…

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