Step 4: The individualized nature of the endocannabinoid system
Let’s discuss the final step and tie everything together. There is truly no right or wrong answer in product selection. It depends on many variables, and ultimately comes down to finding a product that fits with your goals and personal preferences. You may find that you prefer one product choice or that using 1 or 2 depending on the circumstances is preferable. Finding the dose that is right for you will also be a very individualized process. Unlike the model many are used to, cannabinoids are different, and part of that difference is the endocannabinoid system itself. The endocannabinoid system’s main function is that of homeostasis or balance. This process entails working within other systems such as the immune system as well as with organs and tissues that are associated with these systems. Imagine a scale, as things change, in order to return to optimal balance sometimes things are added and sometimes things are removed. What I may need to return balance to my system may not only involve a completely different system, tissue or organ than someone else, but where I may need something “removed” or “turned down” on my scale, they may need just the opposite. So where do you start? First begin with having a conversation with your healthcare team. Let them know why you want to try CBD and what goals you hope to accomplish. They can hopefully discuss your options and help you identify areas they can help with such as adjusting other medications you may be taking if needed. Start low and go slow. It may be helpful to utilize some sort of journal to document the process. This is often a great way to identify how other things also impact how you feel. I experience migraines and it is very helpful for me to track things such as sleep, stress or foods when searching for strategies to help me feel my best (and return balance to my scale).
Whew! A lot of information, but really only 4 steps. So let’s review…
Step 1 focused on learning about CBD by understanding how our endocannabinoid system works.
Step 2 was a reminder that not all CBD is equal and the 3 Ts of Traceability-Testing-Transparency helps quantify what a quality product looks like.
Step 3 identified product categories and described each by route, onset of action and duration.
Finally Step 4 tied it all together, providing insight into the individualized nature of cannabinoids and the endocannabinoid system itself, meaning that one size fits all does not apply.
One size fits all does not apply….I think that sums up things up quite nicely!
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