Are You Endocannabinoid Deficient?
Clinical endocannabinoid deficiency (CECD) has only recently been studied in traditional medical literature; however, the signs have been pointing to this condition as one of the primary propagators of a whole host of mental, physical, and emotional health problems.
What’s the Endocannabinoid System?
Before we dive into the symptoms of CECD, it’s first important to establish what the endocannabinoid system, or ECS, is. The ECS is a network of receptor sites found in many human and animal organs and glands. Endocannabinoids, which are produced inside the body, bind to these receptor sites in order to keep your body in homeostasis.
The ECS has been linked to everything from cognition to mood, appetite, anxiety, pain, autoimmune inflammation, digestion, and drowsiness. When your ECS is working as it should, you are better protected from digestive disorders, inflammatory conditions such as arthritis, and mood disorders like depression or persistent anxiety.
What is CECD? How Can You Tell if You Have CECD?
If your ECS is not operating normally, you could feel a wide range of symptoms, such as excess fatigue, dizziness, forgetfulness, low mood, and irregular appetite. In fact, research has shown that poor ECS function is directly related to conditions like cluster migraines, Restless Leg Syndrome, Parkinson’s, and digestive issues like Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS). CECD refers to dysfunction or simply an imbalance of the ECS.
Other studies have demonstrated that type II diabetes and inflammatory conditions, which is behind both mood disorders and most chronic pain conditions, are worsened by irregular ECS function.
Unfortunately, it can be hard to pinpoint that your ECS is the problem – you may have so many symptoms of poor health conditions that you keep identifying the wrong root of the problem. Many have found relief by incorporating CBD into their daily health regimen.
CBD, also known as cannabidiol, is a naturally occurring phytocannabinoid that comprises both strains of cannabis plants. Just like endocannabinoids, phytocannabinoids are able to bind to receptor sites along the ECS.
By binding to ECS sites in both the brain and the rest of the body, CBD may improve conditions that include:
- Chronic pain caused by worsened inflammation, such as arthritis, neuropathy, and joint pain
- Poor bone density conditions like osteoporosis
- Skin issues such as acne, eczema, psoriasis, facial redness, and the signs of premature aging
- Depression, anxiety, and PTSD
- Restless Leg Syndrome and muscle spasms
- Cluster migraines
- Severe nausea and cachexia, which refers to the gradual degradation of the body due to extended periods of chronic illness