Certain foods and activities can help the endocannabinoid system function optimally, improve your health, and increase the effectiveness of medical cannabis. Various practices can be used in addition to cannabinoid therapeutics or without it to enhance the endocannabinoid system. For example, voluntary and enjoyable exercises like running, yoga, and other types of physical fitness can help to boost endocannabinoid tone. Activities such as mediation, massage, acupuncture, and breathing exercises can also help to increase the function of the Endocannabinoid System (ECS).
Another way to achieve endocannabinoid balance is to eat foods that support ECS function. Endocannabinoids are produced from arachidonic acid, which is an Omega-6 fatty acid. Having enough fatty arachidonic acid is essential for endocannabinoid production. But having too much can downregulate cannabinoid receptors and cause inflammation. This is why it is important to ingest a balanced ratio (1:1) of Omega-3 to Omega-6. The typical U.S. diet is too heavily weighted towards Omega-6 fatty acids.
The endocannabinoid system is an essential player in the wellness of every person. Because everybody is unique, finding ways to create homeostasis will be a different journey for everyone. Ongoing advancements in science and natural health will continue to provide exciting therapeutic potential via the endocannabinoid system and the medicines and activities that support it.