In 2004, Ethan Russo, M.D. coined the termed Clinical Endocannabinoid Deficiency Syndrome (eCB Syndrome for short) to describe this problem. His research into the endocannabinoid system revealed that three conditions — migraines, irritable bowel syndrome, and fibromyalgia — usually appear in a cluster, that is, people with one of these problems usually had the other two.

eCB Deficiency Syndrome is not yet part of the official diagnostic bible your doctor uses, but it explains why some diseases are not successfully treated with conventional medications (they are treating the symptom, not the cause) and why those conditions are best managed by cannabis and hemp-based medicinal products.

While there are other reasons, including inherited problems, for a dysfunctional eCB system, common sense tells us that the primary cause of an overall deficiency of our body’s own marijuana is dietary and lifestyle choices.

eCB Syndrome may also emerge following sustained unhealthy lifestyle habits, including stress and chronic alcohol or drug abuse, among others, that may act as a cumulative “trigger” in the development of presenting symptoms. These chronic, sustained stressors on the body and mind suggest that eCB Syndrome may appear more frequently in middle aged or older people as it may take the body years to develop the symptoms of these endocannabinoid systems inhibitory factors.

RESOLVING ECB SYNDROME
The first thing to do is take a look at your diet and lifestyle. Detoxifying the body through fasting and healthy eating is the first step toward optimum health. Of course, you have heard it before, but getting out for moderate exercise also up-regulates the eCB system. Getting rid of chemical-laden soaps, shampoos, and body creams can eliminate chemicals that disrupt your endocrine system, but may also impact your endocannabinoid system. (Visit www.elevatenv.com/endocannabinoidsystem to read more and access healthy recipes designed to regulate your eCB system.)

Meditation and various talk therapies have demonstrated benefits of alleviating eCB Syndrome. Moreover, massage therapy with or without cannabinoid-infused oils (though the latter is recommended) acupuncture, chiropractic work, yoga, and spiritual practices may also be useful tools in properly toning the eCB system. In addition, learning to relax, getting a good night’s sleep (all of which can be achieved through cannabis use) enhances quality of life.

Starting with a pure CBD tincture is the safest route to take as CBD is non-psychoactive and doesn’t show up on an employment urine test. Calstatecaregivers staff is well-trained and ready to assist you in choosing the correct product and helping you accurately dose.

If CBDs, coupled with lifestyle and dietary changes, don’t improve your condition, moving toward THC products is the next logical step. Be sure you are aware of the risks before embarking down this path. Each person reacts differently so start at a low dose and go slow when choosing to consume more psychoactive products.

Everyone reacts to and processes cannabinoids in a unique manner. Accurate dosing and recording your improvement in a health journal is fundamental to the development of a successful treatment protocol. Experimentation with dosage, cannabinoid, and terpene combinations, as well as a method of administration may be necessary.

The road to resolving your eCB deficiency has many curves in it. It includes altering lifestyle choices, exercising, reducing life stressors, changing your diet, and getting on a regime of cannabinoid therapies. If eCB deficiency is one deficiency with a thousand faces, then the solution is making a thousand proper choices to improve one life: yours.

Authored by Stephen McCamman.