Talking with my veteran brother Matt Kahl at approximately 6:00 am Wednesday heading to the Denver airport about the endocannabinoid system (ECS) after staying up all night talking about this stuff.
Matt was on an awesome riff on how the ECS system is the most widespread receptor system in the body and how it has more ligands, sub receptors and more locations for activity than any other system in the body.
I’m already understanding that the ECS’s primary role is to rebalance and modulate the stress response and inflammation response. This why it works for all of the autoimmune diseases which are just an overstimulated or uncontrolled immune response from one’s own body. I also know that the ECS system can be overloaded by stress and trauma to create a clinical endocannabinoid deficiency.
So I’m looking at this whole thing from an evolutionary standpoint and bang it hits me in a flash, the evolutionary back up to the ECS system that is already the back up/modulator to the stress and immune response has to have a back up itself and that has to be outside the human body! It’s the cannabis plant.
Evolution created the fully functional endocannabinoid system over 600 million years ago in our ancestor the sea squirt. This is why the plant has been following us around for thousands of years in co-evolution with us. We as a super complex organism that is a conscious self-expression of the universe can go to war or have childhood trauma that the sea squirt will never have and we need a plant helper as back up.
Cannabis you got my 6! and I got yours!