As a nurse who shares many of the same insights about our current medical systems, Dr. Rachel Knox lit me on fire with her TedTalk explaining the ECS. She educates on the "secret system" that changes what we know to be true about cannabis and our health and inspires hope for change.
1) Discover the secret system that no one is talking about.
The Endocannabinoid System (ECS) is the single system that interacts and oversees all eleven major body systems. It is responsible for restoring balance after a stressful experience. CB1 and CB2 receptors are located throughout all of the major organs with the most density in the brain and immune systems.
2) Be inspired by the revolution of one
See firsthand how supplementation with phytocannabinoids impacts tremors in Jill, a medical cannabis patient who suffers from Parkinson's. Parkinson's disease develops as a result of a dopamine imbalance, also known as the reward chemical. The ECS is responsible for adjusting the flow of all neurotransmitters (molecules of emotion). Enhancing its function (upregulation), can promote feelings of wellbeing and alleviate symptoms of anxiety and depression. Jill shows us the power in the revolution of one.
3) Cannabis is only one way to help regulate the ECS
Dr. Knox reminds us we only have to focus on one of five ways to begin to balance our ECS. **A sneak peek - eating real food and having healthy relationships have a role in balancing the ECS.** Phytocannabinoid supplementation may not be for everyone. It's important that you work closely with a health care provider to ensure safe supplementation practices with access to safe and effective products.
4) Be inspired for a better future in health care
With the discovery of how the ECS modulates our health and well-being, we have great hope for healing and enhanced quality of life in numerous conditions that were once difficult to treat such as:
Cancer and symptoms associated with treatment
5) Educate yourself and share with your provider
Dr. Knox's Ted-X Talk is a great conversation primer for your primary provider. We know there is a great stigma associated with the use of cannabis as medicine, and great bias exists in our current health care system. If you need more resources or coaching on how to have the conversation with your provider or if you are interested in cannabis consultation services, please book a connection call.
As someone who suffers from complex Post Traumatic Stress Disorder with secondary conditions of IBS, anxiety, and Hashimoto's, I am passionate about equal access to health care for women. For more about cannabis and PTSD in women - you can check out my cannabis term paper.
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