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The Endocannabinoid System and Medical Cannabis

[fa icon="calendar'] Jul 26, 2018 8:10:31 PM / by Winter Ninivaggi

The endocannabinoid system. Diseases of the nervous system create immense suffering, contributing to hospitalization and long-term care of patients. The endocannabinoid system or (ECS) plays a key role in synaptic communication within the nervous system, influencing a large spectrum of functions. Cannabinoid receptors represent the most common G-protein-coupled receptor in the entire central nervous system with the highest densities in the cerebellum, hippocampus, cerebral cortex and amygdaloid nucleus. Cannabinoid receptors in the CNS represent the most dense of all the systems. The ECS and its receptors are involved in synaptic transmission, short-term memory, mood and emotion, cognition, motor function, nociception and pain perception, feeding, reproduction, metabolism, neuronal protection, synaptic plasticity, cellular and molecular mechanisms necessary for proper brain development.

Cannabinoids whether endogenous or external are able to act to coordinate intracellular biochemistry, intercellular communication and all body systems. Endocannabinoids affect every biological oscillator or pacemaker cell investigated including circadian rhythm, rhythmical variations in blood pressure, peristalsis slow waves and both EKG and EEG rhythms.

The ECS consists of cannabinoid receptors, endogenous ligands known as cannabinoids and endocannabinoid metabolizing enzymes. This system functions as a self regulating reduction system influencing multiple physiologic processes in the body. Signaling from the ECS creates molecular and cellular mechanisms for proper brain development.  Endocannabinoids via CB receptors provide developmental signals to neurons that regulate molecular machinery that is required for proper brain maturation. The receptor system provides feedback tat guides the specific generation of the neural architecture  and also helps to enhance neural activity.

Throughout the CNS, the ECS supports energy balance by modulating mitochondria and influencing inflammatory and immune responses. The main mechanisms include protection against oxidative stress, excitotoxicity and inflammation. Applications of cannabinoid therapeutics include various types of pain, drug dependence, stroke, cancer, MS, ALS, Huntington's disease, epilepsy, Parkinson's disease, Alzheimer's, metabolic syndrome/diabetes, anxiety and depression. Cannabiniods also seem to affect seizure activity.

Although we are still in the process of learning about all of the healing properties medical cannabis has to offer it already has a myriad of proven benefits. 

This incredible plant can be used for so much in terms of medical treatment. Patients suffering with conditions that benefit from the use of medical marijuana no longer need to sacrifice their health to be a law abiding citizen. Piermont Gynecology consults and refers patients to certified dispensaries with medical conditions that would benefit from the use of medical marijuana.  With many practitioners afraid to consult and refer patients, Dr. Enzenbacher is  licensed and educated in the marijuana referral process to provide patients with a thorough consultation and understanding of the process.

Call Dr. E at 914-325-1664 or email: to schedule your Med Mary consult. 

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Felice, J. F., ND, LMP. (2018, July). The Endocannabinoid System - Self-Regulating Harm Protection. Ndnr, pp. 1-3.

Topics: Medical Marijuana

Winter Ninivaggi

Written by Winter Ninivaggi

Isadora Guggenheim, ND, FNP, RN, MS, CNS, LMT, owner of Second Nature Naturopathic Care, LLC
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