An Impassioned Plea for Your Endocannabinoid System

You don’t have to smoke the plant. You don’t even have to get high.

You just have to learn how to purposefully engage and stimulate your endocannabinoid system. And I promise you, you will feel better.

If you’re an average american like me, you have ache and pains. Or maybe insomnia. Digestion issues? Stress, absolutely. Your head hurts, your back hurts – something isn’t right.

There’s a lot of pain in this country. Modern medicine falls short of addressing it, partly because it’s not just a physical ailment. It’s a spiritual one. An ailment of the soul, if you’ll allow it.

Something is wrong, on a systemic and cellular level. And we feel it so acutely in our bodies. And we take medications made from isolate compounds that target systematically to bring us relief. But do they? Sometimes, and temporarily, sure.

But cannabis.

The endocannabinoid system.

How can you keep something healthy if you don’t even know it’s existence? Is it neglect if you never knew you needed to take care of it?

Learning how to stimulate and work with your endocannabinoid system is going to change lives. I absolutely believe this, because it changed mine.

Let me caveat here, and say that cannabis is not a miracle drug, and nothing works for everyone. Your endocannabinoid system is special, unique to you, like a fingerprint. And like any other system, there are irregularities and exceptions to the rule. And we will hear more about this as cannabis use becomes more often. It does not mean that cannabis is bad or that everything the government told us was true. It wasn’t.

(My guess? Years from now when we look back, the overall percentage of cannabis users with CHS or irregular ECS systems will stay the same. But as overall use grows, so too will that number.)

All of this is to say that it does not work for everyone. Every substance has an opposite reaction in some people. It’s the magic and beauty of being a human.

But it will work for most people.

And that is so incredibly, stunningly, important.

Because we need help. The world at large, sure. But Americans specifically.

Dude we need help.

The kids are not alright.

(It’s me. Us. We’re the kids.)

Anyone who says this shit is alright is being paid to do so, directly or indirectly.

Our healthcare system is broken. Most of us hurt in some way. Our health is poor, our food is nutrient scarce, and we are mentally over. it. It’s not a good combination, and something has to give.

The evidence is there for cannabis. The research is expanding every month, and there are established, undeniable patterns immerging. We know cannabis helps with chronic pain. We know our endocannabinoid system affects our sleep. We know this system touches on nearly every damn biological function we have, and is critically important for our overall health.

In the 1990s this system was called “the most important biological system in the body” and STILL most people don’t even know it exists or how to improve its function.

Hear me now- you do NOT have to get high. How many ways do we consume plants?

In our food, in our pills, in oils, supplements, raw, baked, sautéed, blended- the list goes on and on.

Consuming this plant will change your life.

So what’s next? Where do we go from here? Besides screaming from the rooftops to anyone who will turn their head, of course.

Like any regimen it will take testing, trial and error, things that don’t fit you. You won’t automatically fall in love with the first tincture, capsule, or topical you try. You may need more of one cannabinoid and less or another. You may find certain terpenes help you feel extra good while others don’t have as much of an impact, or even one you don’t like.

It’s education, trying things, adjusting things, and listening to your body. It’s acknowledging this sixth sense, this attunement with ourselves that we can heighten and explore further with the assistance of cannabis.

It’s starting to feel better, and changing the world from there.

Published by Jessica Reilly, Writer

Writer, cannabis aficionado, and poetry lover

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