By Dr. Doug Fryday, D.C.
Blogger for InsideOut Lifestyle Soulutions

The hemp plant is being touted as a "super food" by numerous researchers, physicians and nutritionists. This plant has been consumed for centuries for its nutritional, medicinal and therapeutic benefits. Super foods come from fruits, veggies and herbs. They are natural, unprocessed and chalked full of vitamins, minerals and other beneficial nutrients and co-factors.To reap these nutritional benefits it is best to consume the buds, leaves, stems and seeds of the hemp plant raw. This would require one to grow their own hemp which has many health benefits of its own, but, may not be practical for most of us.

A more practical way to benefit from this super food would be to consume a full spectrum CBD hemp oil manufactured with organically grown hemp. Full spectrum CBD oil, unlike CBD isolate products, includes a wide range of cannabinoids present in the cannabis or hemp plant. ... Full spectrum CBD also contains other cannabinoids like CBG, CBC, CBN and a variety of essential vitamins, minerals, fatty acids, protein, chlorophyll, terpenes, flavonoids, and fiber producing what the scientists are calling “The entourage effect”. The entourage effect basically describes how the whole plant works synergistically together for optimal medicinal and therapeutic outcomes.

One of these therapeutic benefits found in organic full spectrum hemp derived CBD is its ability help regulate a person’s weight. The mechanism behind how this works is still being researched, but, some recent research suggests the therapeutic mechanism works by addressing clinical endocannbinoid deficiency syndrome
In a recent study Korean researchers studied the effects of CBD on immature fat cells to investigate the potential benefits on the treatment and prevention of obesity. The study showed that CBD was found to do the following; stimulate genes and proteins that enhance the breakdown and oxidation of fat, increase the number and activity of mitochondria, which increases the body’s ability to burn calories and decrease the expression of proteins involved in fat cell production.

Message from the National Institute of Health in 2006:
"In the last decade, the endocannabinoid system(ECS) has been implicated in an increasing number of physiological functions, both in the central and peripheral nervous systems and in the peripheral organs ... "

The Clinical Endocannabinoid Deficiency Syndrome (CEDS) was first proposed in 2004 by renowned cannabinoid researcher Dr. Ethan Russo. Dr Russo and many other researchers propose that CEDS is the underlying cause of many diseases related to the immune system and inflammation. When the body is deficient in endocannabinoids and/or cannbinoid receptors the endocannabinoid system becomes inefficient and imbalanced and thus does not function optimally allowing diseases to occur.

Dr. Russo did an extensive literature review and discovered that people diagnosed with certain conditions also had lower levels of endocannabinoids. He came to the conclusion that anyone with a deficiency in either endocannabinoids levels or cannabinoid receptors or both could explain why supplementing with hemp derived cannabinoids (CBD) were proving effective in treating some conditions.

Another factor that may play into CEDS is the fact that our food chain has become deficient in its cannabinoid content due to the fact that since the 1930`s hemp ceased to be the major cash crop that was fed to our livestock and included in the majority of our food supply.
Research reveals that cannabinoids found in plants like hemp interact with cannabinoid receptors in our ECS to elicit chemical responses that help bring about homeostasis in our bodies.

With further research the Clinical Endocannabinoid Deficiency Syndrome theory could open the door for more methods to prevent and manage certain health conditions. Dr. Russo believes that CBD from cannabis plants like hemp are essential nutrients that when consumed can optimize the ECS`s function and minimize certain diseases like obesity and others.