As CMO of Endoverse, I’m passionate about endocannabinology, or, as we like to call it – Balance Medicine.
Balance Medicine is a systemic, integrative approach to human health. We focus on healing-oriented medicine, addressing all aspects of a patient’s lifestyle.
Our mission is to teach and inform medical professionals about the benefits of Balance Medicine, to educate the general public, and to provide clinical services.
What is Balance Medicine?
Before we can get to grips with endocannabinology and how it can benefit us today, we need to understand where it all started…
A million years ago…
Nature provided us with a gift, and this gift was our key to survival.
We lived in difficult conditions with unreliable resources, inside caves or temporary shelters. Our body was almost entirely unprotected.
That gift was a complex cell-signalling system which focused on:
- Appetite – making us eat whenever food was available to us
- Energy storage – a store we could access when we were in desperate need
- Anxiety and fear reduction – protecting us from the wilderness
- Inflammation – to protect our body from illnesses caused from injuries
These four bodily functions only scratch the surface of what this system was doing for our health, long before we even knew it existed.
30 years ago…
Professor Raphael Mechoulam’s team were exploring how a substance in marijuana – tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), causes psychoactive changes.
During their work, they discovered a specific binding site in the brain and named it the cannabinoid receptor (CB1).
A few years later, they discovered another receptor (CB2) as well as two cannabinoids that were naturally produced in the human body – anandamide and 2-AG.
Scientists then came across an unknown molecular signalling system – and named it the endocannabinoid system (ECS).
The ECS plays a role in regulating a range of functions and processes.
Although there has been research into the system, it’s still not fully understood.
Research has linked the ECS to:
- Skin and nerve function
- Digestion and appetite
As well as many more.
The balance of the ECS / endocannabidiome is directly related to our health status. We are speaking about its ‘tone’.
Imagine a speedometer and speed limit of 30 mph. If we are driving at around the speed limit, give or take three miles per hour, the drive is relatively safe and there is limited or no risk of a speeding ticket.
However, if we drive too slow, we could block the traffic and increase the risk of the collision with others.
If we drive too fast, there is high probability of a speed ticket and even worse – a fatal accident.
So, imagine that as your health. To be healthy, we have to stay within the safe limits of the speedometer, otherwise the risk of certain illnesses is increasing.
One year ago…
There is so much more to be discovered about the ECS and sometimes the system can be oversimplified.
We support the Weedowitch Manifesto, which understands there is so much more to learn.
The manifesto acknowledges the well-known facts, but digs deeper into the little known areas, especially focusing on the developmental role of the endocannabinoid regulation and its relationship to lifestyle, with an emphasis on polyunsaturated fatty acids (PUFA) food intake.
Let’s take a look at some key statements:
Endocannabinology is also called Balance Medicine. It stabilises your internal system, which affects the balance of the body. It is a key factor in influencing your health.
We are on a mission to educate health professionals and the public about the ECS as well as continue to learn, research and develop clinical solutions. Our number one aim is to help people.
Everyday we expand our network of collaborating experts – endocannabinologists.
Our base team consists of doctors, nutrition therapists and nurses. There are several educational opportunities within our Academy, and not only for healthcare professionals.
An endocannabinologist can effectively address a number of issues with their patients. For example: anxiety, depression, sleep and eating disorders, cardiovascular and oncological diseases, immune disorders, and skin problems. Our long term goal is to offer Clinical services to help people with their health concerns.
We want to be able to tailor each client’s dietary supplements according to their individual needs. We are working on suitable solutions to reach this goal.