Cannabis Education Solutions raises public awareness about the vital importance of the Endocannabinoid System to human health
Cannabis Education Solutions aims to illuminate minds and shift the medical paradigm: Though vital to life, the Endocannabinoid System, is largely unknown by the general public and typically ignored in the practice of conventional medicine.
The function of the Endocannabinoid System (ECS) is to maintain balance everywhere in the body. We believe as such, it is the most important body system because when the body is out of balance, disease results. But, when we asked 106 random grocery shoppers if they knew they had an ECS, only 3 shoppers were aware of it and none knew of its vast nature. Even people who work in the medical cannabis industry do not understand the degree to which the ECS is involved in health. The latest edition of Guyton and Hall’s Medical Physiology, the text used in most medical schools in the United States not only leaves out this vital system, the word endocannabinoid is not even in the index! Given that the ECS is thought to be involved in maintaining balance in every relevant physiological process in the human body, the absurdity of this omission is beyond description.
Our company was created because Ann Allworth, our founder and long-time educator on human health, believes this situation is an untenable travesty and that this paradigm in conventional medicine needs to change. We recognize there are many obstacles beyond the aforementioned with clearly no quick or easy fix. Fortunately, there are 33 states and District of Columbia in the U.S. and 23 countries where cannabis is medically legal. However, there are likely millions of people in these locations, who are unaware they have an ECS, or that problems within the ECS, quite often can only be resolved with cannabis. The clinical evidence, though anecdotal, is compelling.
There is abundant scientific evidence showing that the ECS is critically involved in important health issues in every other system in the body. This should be common knowledge; every citizen of the world deserves to know about a system so vital to their well-being. The study and practice of medicine must include the ECS as well as cannabis, the medicine that led to its discovery.
One of the reasons it was not detected until the 1990’s is that its components are not organs like every other body system has; but molecules, microscopic entities that cannot be seen by the naked eye that are found in nearly all cells of the body. The ECS is composed of 3 sets of molecules: receptors, endocannabinoids, and the enzymes regulating their manufacture and removal. Although this system has no organs it is found in all the organs of all the other systems in the body where it acts as a watchdog ready to pounce on errors within the cells of these organs. When problems arise within the ECS and it cannot do its job of insuring balance, chaos ensues and health conditions arise.
The existence of the system was realized through the collective research efforts of Drs. Raphael Mechoulam, Allyn Howlett, Lumir Hanus and William Devane who were involved in the isolation of these molecules. Mechoulam’s 1965 identification of the structure of THC (tetrahydrocannabinol), the well-known cannabis molecule that is responsible for getting “high”, paved the way for discovery of the ECS components. But the ECS’s connection to cannabis does not stop at THC. The ECS forms the framework that gives cannabis the ability to heal nearly a hundred different diseases and conditions. This fact coupled to the fact that for 98% of recorded medical history, cannabis was one of the most commonly used remedies is substantial enough empirical evidence to prove to us, that cannabis is medicine.
A medicine capable of providing relief from conditions as dissimilar as insomnia, multiple sclerosis, Parkinson’s disease, anxiety, irritable bowel disease, atherosclerosis, obesity, and psoriasis are. The list goes on, looking at the 33 states and District of Columbia with medically legal cannabis, the collective conditions that qualify a person to receive a medical cannabis card is 95, but several of the states include “any condition the doctor thinks cannabis will help with” at the bottom of their respective lists. So, the number of potential conditions is much higher.
It cannot be a coincidence that almost 5,000 years ago, the father of Chinese medicine Shen-Nung, listed cannabis as a remedy for over 100 widely different ailments in the Pen ts’ao Ching, considered the world’s first pharmacopeia. Nor is it happenstance that for thousands of years, subsequent medical experts in various parts of the world also recommended and used cannabis as a remedy for a multitude of disorders. If not for the chain of events that started with the 1910 Flexner Report, the subsequent dissolution of almost all medical schools (then primarily naturopathic, homeopathic or chiropractic), the new paradigm of single agent pharmaceuticals and double blind placebo controlled studies was born and cannabis was declared to have no medicinal value, criminalized and made illegal, perhaps cannabis research would have flourished rather than floundered but alas we simply must make up for the lost time prohibition has stolen.
Cannabis Education Solutions provides a variety of captivating and memorable educational services. Whether you are a company that provides wellness programs for employees, an investment firm trying to decide if the medical cannabis industry is a place you want to be, director of activities at a retirement community, a medical cannabis company interested in giving your employees a thorough understanding of how important their work is to human health, a hospital or medical group deciding to set up a CME on the ECS, or a dispensary looking to educate its budtenders we will customize our presentation or workshop to suit your needs. Reviewers often cite Ann’s skill at turning her deep understanding of how things work within cells, organs or systems of the body to a level that can be understood by her audience as one of her greatest assets.