How to Improve Your Endocannabinoid System
There is an increasing amount of research that links a number of illnesses to low endocannabinoids levels.
Research has shown that when your body doesn’t produce enough endocannabinoids (anandamide and. 2-AG), you are more likely to develop clinical endocannabinoid deficiency.
By naturally stimulating and support your endocannabinoid system you will gain many health benefits;
* Reduction in stress and anxiety
* Improved mood, increased feelings of pleasure and optimism.
* Better focus and concentration.
* Reduction of hyperactivity and impulsivity
* Improved Sleep
* Lower cortisol levels.
* Fewer migraine and headaches.
* Reduced inflammation.
Cannabidiol (CBD) Oil
Cannabidiol (CBD) is one of the active cannabinoids in cannabis. Research shows that CBD enhances CB1 and C2 receptors in the brain. It also increases levels of 2-AG by preventing it from breaking down.
How Can I Take CBD?
There are a few different ways to take CBD, each method has its own unique absorption profile. Options include ingestion, topical application and sublingual administration.
Sublingually: CBD is absorbed through tissue under the tongue and enters the bloodstream in around 15 minutes. This is one of the best ways to maximise absorption.
How Much CBD Should I Take?
Dosage frequency & amounts are at the user’s discretion, with a maximum daily dose of 70 mg. New users are recommended to start on a low dose and build up gradually to a standard daily dose of 20 – 25 mg.
|Mg of CBD Per 10 ml bottle||Drops Per 10 ml||Mg of CBD Per Drop||Recommended dose||Number of servings|
|500 mg||200||2.5 mg||10 drops||20 servings|
|1000mg||200||5mg||5 drops||40 servings|
|2000mg||200||10mg||2-3 drops||80 servings|
Cold exposure has been shown to increase endocannabinoid levels.
Researchers have also found that cold exposure significantly increases the density of CB1 neurons.
Regular caffeine consumption has been shown to enhance the activation of CB1 receptors by endocannabinoid.
Extra virgin olive oil
Olive oil has numerous health benefits, particularly because of its strong anti-inflammatory effects.
It’s also been shown to upregulate CB1 receptors
Flavonoids are a diverse group of plant compounds found in almost all fruits and vegetables including chocolate, tea, wine and some beans, herbs, spices, nuts and seeds.
The more colourful food is, the richer it is in flavonoids.
Tea contains catechins, which are antioxidant compounds that have anti-inflammatory and neuroprotective effects.
Researchers have found that catechins in tea target and bind to cannabinoid receptors in the central nervous system
Epigallocatechin gallate (EGCG) catechin which can be found in green tea.
Research suggests that some probiotics can stimulate and support the endocannabinoid system.
In one study, researchers found that a specific strain of probiotic, lactobacillus acidophilus, increases the expression of CB2 receptors
Dark chocolate is rich in multiple antioxidants, such as flavonoids and polyphenols. It also contains the endocannabinoid anandamide and it includes other compounds that slow down the breakdown of anandamide.
Anandamide is known as the bliss molecule. Eating dark chocolate makes the ‘bliss’ molecule more abundant in your system longer. This could be the reason you feel happy when you eat dark chocolate.
Reduce Your Stress Levels
Emotional stress has been shown to downregulate CB1 receptors.
High cortisol levels for prolonged periods of time, reduces CB1 receptors and significantly reduces cannabinoid binding to CB1 receptors as well as a reduction of endocannabinoid levels in the brain.
There many natural ways to stimulate and support your endocannabinoid system. By reducing stress and introducing just one or two of these methods into your daily routine, it could help you feel a greater level of health and well being.
Based in Stockport, Leaf Organics is dedicated to offering the best CBD products available in the UK. We have extensively researched and sourced the best products (see our Lab Reports) and created an extensive FAQ page to answer some of your questions. Should you need further information, please contact our friendly team today.