ECS deficiency – the root cause of ‘hard-to-treat’ conditions?

ECS deficiency – the root cause of ‘hard-to-treat’ conditions?
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Could a deficiency of the endocannabinoid system be the root cause of ‘hard-to-treat’ conditions such as fibromyalgia, irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) and migraine? Some experts think so. In medicine, some conditions are branded as ‘treatment resistant’ – in other words, they are health issues that for decades doctors have struggled to get to the bottom of. Conditions such as fibromyalgia, migraines and IBS are among the syndromes classed as ‘hard-to-treat’. In a desperate attempt to find a solution that relieves their symptoms, many patients living with these diagnoses have self-prescribed cannabis, often risking legal repercussions to get access to – what to them, has always been a medicine. It is only in more recent years that scientists have been turning their attention to the medicinal properties of cannabis, as well as the body’s puzzling endocannabinoid system (ECS). Over the past two decades, the ECS has slowly emerged from relative obscurity to become a more widely known and increasingly researched area of medicine. What is ECS deficiency? The ECS was initially discovered in the early 1990s by Israeli scientist Raphael Mechoulam, during his research into the effects of the cannabis plant on the brain and body. What he found was a system built into all animals with nervous and immune systems, which appeared to regulate a host of different functions in the body and brain, from pain and inflammation to body temperature and mood. Over two decades, leading cannabis expert, Dr Ethan Russo, has built on Mechoulam’s original work. In 2016, he put forward the theory of endocannabinoid deficiency as a cause of certain health conditions, particularly treatment resistant syndromes like fibromyalgia, IBS and migraine. Dr Russo hypothesised that in some conditions, there are deficiencies in the ECS that causes the system to be under-active, or to not produce enough of…

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