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How Our Endocannabinoid System Helps to Rebuild Our Cells

Have you seen or heard how our body regenerates itself? Maybe something similar to the image below? Or heard "our body replaces itself every seven years" or in ____ days/weeks/months you will have a new _____ (insert liver, lungs, kidneys, cells etc). Most of us have through biology or anatomy in school, or even today through social media, depending on what sites you follow. Yes, it's true. The cells in our body are constantly dying, regenerating, replicating. However, when someone says "Your liver replaces itself in 45 days" it's not like you wake up every 45 days with a new liver. The health of your liver, or lungs, or any cell, organ, or tissue in your body determines how that cell, organ, tissue in your body will replicate. It has been hypothesized that the human body has a total number of cells anywhere from 15 trillion to 724 trillion, and the number of gut microbes at anywhere between 30 trillion and 400 trillion. That is a lot of cells. . . constantly working, regenerating, and doing their best to keep us healthy. Our cells don't all just replicate or regenerate overnight. We won't awake tomorrow morning after a bender with a whole new liver. We can't un-smoke ourselves into new lungs with oxygen therapy no more than we can reverse years of a terrible diet by the latest diet fad. Just as we did not get unhealthy, or dis-eased, overnight, we can't expect to heal overnight. So before you say, "I tried it and didn't see a difference" or "It didn't work for me" let's take a look at why it may not have "worked" for you.

  1. You purchased an inferior product. Know where your CBD oil came from. How was it farmed? How was it extracted? Was it third-party tested? Where are the COAs (Certificates of Analysis). Is your brand, US Hemp Authority approved?? Don't be afraid to ask the pertinent questions. It's your body. What are you putting into it?

  2. You shocked and shut down your cb receptors not dosing correctly because you did not work with someone knowledgeable on the Endocannabinoid System, Did you use the correct strength for the efficacy you were looking for? Did you taje the time to get to know yourself, your body and what results you were looking for - if not, dosing was a guessing game for you.

  3. You didn't give it enough time. Exploring the effects of CBD isn’t as simple as taking a couple of Tylenol and calling it a day. It actually requires a certain level of commitment to put time and thought into your process of uncovering the long-term effects. You have to allow your body to work with the oil and allow your receptors to do what they are designed to do. Efficacy comes in stages. Patience is key, and while it can be frustrating to keep trying with no results, you may end up feeling super grateful that you didn’t give up.

We didn't become dis-eased over night and we can't expect to become well by tomorrow...

Our cells have life cycles. The life cycle of a cell refers to the time period between when cell is created and the time period when it dies or gets destroyed. Within our cells, molecules are constantly being made and destroyed, including our DNA, the genetic material of cell, which can be destroyed or mutated by the toxins we are bombarded with. There are two ways for the body to produce new cells. The first way, mitosis. is a particular cell type, such as liver cell, to divide and produce two new cells that are copies of original. The second way is for adult stem cells within tissues to make new replacement cells. Stem cells themselves are present in very low numbers, but once they begin to divide and develop characteristics of the creek type they are replenishing. A single stem cell can produce millions of off-springs. When our cells reproduce, they are replicating their current health status. If a cell is sick, injured, or damaged, they release their contents, having a domino effect, and not only replicate as sick, injured, or damaged cells, but infect the cells surrounding those cells creating a toxic environment and increased dis-eased cells. And while we may only think of mutant cells in cancer, this also happens with anti-immune diseases, PTSD, mental illness, and our health in general. Our Endocannabinoid System (ECS) protects us. Cannabinoids protect us. This integral physiological network system produces two cannabinoids --- anandaminde and 2-AG. And just as we become deficient in vitamins and mineral, our ECS may become deficient too. The greatest evidence for CED (cannabinoid deficiency) is present for but not limited to migraine, fibromyalgia, and irritable bowel syndrome. A strong case can be advanced for unifying pathophysiological trends in the three conditions- (more info to come). When we introduce Phytocannabinoids into our Endocannabinoid System, we are awaking a system that can literally determine health and wellness, or sickness and disease. As these cannabinoids are activating our receptors, they weave through the cell membranes seven times, removing cellular debris and toxins restoring homeostasis, or balance, to our cells. This "cleansing" and "balancing" process will take time. The cell may may replicate several times during this process. There is no way to determine how long it may take as we are all different. Our lifestyles are different. Our diets are different. What appeared to work for one in just a few days may take weeks, even months, for others. Don't shelve the oil because you didn't think it worked. Life moves fast. . . reversing the damage to our bodies take time.

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