The endocannabinoid system is crucial in regulating many key aspects of your physical, emotional, and physical health including:
– Appetite, digestion & hunger
– Mood regulation
– Reproduction & Fertility
To assist with symptoms associated with endometriosis, new research has shown cannabinoids can not only assist with pain relief and inflammation but potentially also:
– Slowing cell duplication & cell migration
– Modulating the immune response
– Desensitizing nerves
Apoptosis is a process of programmed cell death in which cells are normally organized to be removed by the body’s immune cells. Unfortunately, this process seems to be impaired in those with endometriosis. This is where cannabinoids, specifically tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), can assist in preventing unwanted cell growth. This has been most commonly recognized in assisting with the limitation of unwanted cell growth in cancer patients. Similar research in mice has shown that activating THC receptors inhibit endometriotic tissue from growing and spreading.
Researchers have studied what is known as an “endocannabinoid deficiency”, which is a lack of endocannabinoid activity in the brain. The term “clinical endocannabinoid deficiency syndrome” is thought to be linked to medical conditions such as fibromyalgia, endometriosis, Multiple Sclerosis (MS), seizure disorders, chronic fatigue, irritable bowel syndrome, and more. One local Australian survey/study has shown that those using cannabis to treat endometriosis were finding relief in their symptoms.