Sunday Science Special, Part Two: Clinical Endocannabinoid Deficiency – and natural complements to cannabis

The idea of clinical endocannabinoid deficiency – where supplementing the body’s own ECS system with plant-based phytocannabinoids is seen as helping the body to restore homeostasis and function more optimally – allows us to usefully see medicinal cannabis as somewhat akin to a super “neutraceutical” – and therefore more like a food – or food supplement – than like most prescription drugs, i.e., by contrast, drugs are chemicals alien to the body designed to have a therapeutic effect.

This also helps explain cannabis’ famously low toxicity compared to nearly all Rx drugs, that is, unlike nearly all drugs, cannabis is biochemically compatible with the body.

Further, we know that juicing raw cannabis is gaining considerable positive attention as a health-enhancing (and non-psychoactive) practice.

Next consider this quote from Dr. Russo from Part One (earlier today): “…we’re also interested in non-drug approaches. This would include herbal approaches that would affect the ECS with agents that aren’t intoxicating. Additionally, it would include lifestyle and dietary approaches. There’s evidence now to show that diet can positively influence the endocannabinoid system and its balance.”

And so here, for the first time from us, an interesting article on herbs and plants other than cannabis that contain (if in generally small amounts) possibly useful cannabinoids which can interact with the human endocannabinoid system…

…and you’ll see a number of plants and foods already publicly associated with health and wellness on the list – with their cannabinoid and terpene content likely helping to partially explain why they’re beneficial….

All of this is just another of the reasons we’re waiting for the day medical schools have departments of “Cannabis and Ethnobotanical Medicine,” which (if and when it happens) will be a great day for patients everywhere.

First things first, though, as Dr. Russo notes, just getting medical schools to start teaching about the ECS – which many universities are still resisting given the aura of prohibition, despite all of the research evidence on the system – would be a start….

TRUCE: The more you know.

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See full article – Foods Rich In Cannabinoids – Other Than Cannabis