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THE ENDOCANNABINOID SYSTEMMyron KrostYou have 12 systems, Not 11. All human beings are coded to be built with a few life giving systems in place. These systems are your:
Circulatory or cardiovascular system
Digestive or excretory system
Endocrine system responsible for hormones
Integumentary system or exocrine system (skin, nails, hair, sweat, etc)
Immune or lymphatic system
Renal or urinary system
What has only recently become recognised by modern medicine, however, is the system known as the Endocannabinoid System. Once There Were 11 Systems, Now There Are 12 Speaking to Myron Krost from Canna Trade Africa, we discovered how the Endocannabinoid System or ECS works. Krost said, “The Endocannabinoid System is a system that is responsible for keeping the body in a state of homeostasis. This means you don’t have 11 systems, you actually have 12. And the 12th system is what is designed to keep the eleven systems in check.”
Known for his involvement and passion for ‘food as medicine’, “ I was very surprised to learn that the body has what is called an Endocannabinoid System or ECS. You will find that the Endocannabinoid System is another system that is not mentioned in these eleven systems.”
With years without this knowledge, how and why did modern medicine leave this system out? The Endocannabinoid System Was Left Out Of The Science Book While Krost, like many in the industry set out not to condone the should’ve, would’ve, could’ves from the past, and rather focus on full awareness of what the human body actually comprises in its entirety, he says, “Simply put, companies in the 1950s lobbied specifically to remove the competition. They had marijuana demonised but they used a brush stroke to say let’s demonise cannabis and the reason why they did this was because the new paper and cotton industry had just started and they wanted to stop using hemp for paper and clothing.”
“Clothing, sails and rope were all made of hemp. “Hemp colonised the whole world. It was hemp that was used for thousands of years. And yet when modern science identified the systems of the body, they left the ECS out. There were no studies, there was no conversation about the Endocannabinoid System and it was left out of the science book.” Five years ago, modern science acknowledged the 12th system, the Endocannabinoid System. “In 1990, an Israeli professor was doing studies on THC on the body, and they gave the THC to the body. Long story short, this 12th system was discovered. The Endocannabinoid System is a series of receptors that are found in every single cell in the human body. Most cells will have a CB1 and a CB2 receptor. The receptor is like a key, like a lock. Now the brain makes a cannabinoid like a key that will pair and by doing that it allows the cells to function properly.” Korst continues, “If we all had cannabinoids, plenty of cannabinoids, we all would have a functioning Endocannabinoid System, our bodies would work better. Our bodies don’t work well like that anymore because we are Endocannabinoid (deprived), because we are suffering from ECDS, Endocannabinoid Deficiency Syndrome.”
“We get cannabinoids from two places. The body will make a cannabinoid that will travel from the brain to the body and it will pair, and it will stimulate the cell or an organ to work properly. When the body does not have enough cannabinoids, you can go to nature to get those cannabinoids. A cannabinoid you get that your body makes is called a cannabinoid. Cannabinoids you get from nature are called a phytocannabinoid.”
He continued, “When you are young, your body makes cannabinoids and your Endocannabinoid System works fine, and as you get older what the Endocannabinoid System does, it helps the body with the flight and flight (response). It helps manage the body manage its cortisol levels, it helps the body to have a stable internal environment, regardless of the external environment.” Now the 21st century human being has help.... According to Krost, and similar to most beliefs held by those like him, human beings now have a world that has a rough external environment, where we humans suffer from stress and negative things that we are actually not designed to go through and for so long we didn’t have the God-given help anymore. Now the 12th system is known. Now the 21st century human being has help.
“We are connected to nature. We are not separated from nature.There are 140 known cannabinoids that you can get from a cannabis plant. These phytocannabinoids can be isolated. We are currently only working with about 10 cannabinoids. CBD is one of those. CBD is a cannabinoid. Cannabis has two main strains: hemp (high in CBD) and marijuana (high in THC). Yet all strains have all the cannabinoids.”
Interesting to note, farmers would feed hemp to the animals as a protein rich source of food, and we would eat the animals and then we would get the CBD from the animals. “For our THC we would go to our corner apothecary, or inyanga, or herbalist, and get our THC which was used for different remedies like pain relief and that was all until 1950.
Medicine ignored the Endocannabinoid System between 1950 and 1980s where no research was done and it was left out. Today, children in high school learn about the Endocannabinoid System. Doctors can do points on the Endocannabinoid System.” The cannabis plant is not the only plant with phytocannabinoids, you will find cannabinoids in Echinacea, in cacao, in white sage, in truffles. You’ll find that, feeding the Endocannabinoid System will keep your body in a state of equilibrium.