Dec 22, 2016 12:10 PM

How to Balance Endocannabinoid System With Nutrients

Not everybody pays attention to the food that they eat. Meanwhile, this is the most crucial health choice that we make on a daily basis. Products supply us with the necessary nutrients and energy so that we can function. When you feel fatigue or something is wrong with your body, the problem often lies in nutrition. Our endocannabinoid system also has to receive plenty of nutrients to remain healthy.

The basic fact that you need to know about cannabinoids is that they replace certain compounds that our bodies produce naturally. This way, the plant influences various functions.

Despite the numerous benefits that have been found by scientists, long-term cannabis use has side effects. Among the most worrisome repercussions is the depletion of nutrients. The question has not been studied enough, and doctors still need more facts, but here are those nutrients that can be influenced the most.


Though the research on the question whether constant marijuana use causes the deficiency of magnesium is lacking, the anecdotal evidence supports the theory. It is reported that magnesium calms down panic attacks caused by weed. Magnesium is one of the most important nutrients in our bodies. It takes part in more than 300 bodily functions. Unfortunately, most Americans already suffer from the deficit of the mineral. The most common signs of magnesium deficiency are fatigue, anxiety, and muscle weakness. If you have these side effects after the use of pot, you have to resort to magnesium-rich foods such as dark chocolate (with at least 70% of cacao), fish, leafy greens, and sprouted nuts.


A long time ago, in 1985, a study was conducted using three groups of people who consumed only cannabis, alcohol and cannabis, and only alcohol. The research showed that no groups suffered from severe malnutrition. The only exception was zinc, which content happened to be lower among cannabis consumers. The changes were explained by the differences in the diet, so you have to pay attention to the zinc-rich foods and consume them on a daily basis. You can find this nutrient in spinach, shrimp, beef, pumpkin seeds, etc.


Though it is not an essential nutrient that can be influenced by marijuana, curcumin can boost endocannabinoid levels. A 2014 research revealed that some elements could be used to upregulate the ECS, and curcumin was one of them. You can find this ingredient in curry powder and an Indian spice Turmeric.

Folic Acid

Vitamin B9 is essential for the normal performance of our bodies. It prevents DNA damage and takes part in the creation of new cells. A 2009 study on the effects of cannabinoids upon the intake of folic acid claims that long-term use can disturb the process. Moreover, normal folic acid consumption is crucial during pregnancy, so cannabis use can have grievous consequences for future mothers and their children. The issue requires more research, but here is the list of foods that can stabilize your nutrition: spinach, dried beans, liver, oranges, lentils.

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Vitamine E

Vitamine E, just like curcumin, has to be present in your diet for the support of the endocannabinoid system. There are many reasons for maintaining the health of the system, and marijuana consumption is not even the most important of them. The ECS affects our mood, memory, sleep, appetite, immune functions, etc. So, to protect our brain from damage and nourish the system, eat vitamin E-rich almonds, spinach, and sunflower seeds.

Probiotics and Prebiotics

Some of the recent studies show that microorganisms in our bodies may influence the ECS. The human microbiome is one of the most fast-developing branches of research.

There is evidence that some bacteria can modulate the activity of cannabinoid receptors and have an impact on opioid receptors.

Besides, a study conducted this year shows that THC alters the ratios of bacteria in our bodies. If you are a supporter of the idea, pay attention to the sources of probiotics: kimchi, dairy, soy yogurt, fermented foods.

There is one more way to alter the microbiome of your digestive tract. The right diet full of prebiotic vegetables and fermented foods also targets the ECS.

Fiber provides good food for bacteria. That is why all plant ingredients are so important for our diets. However, there are some of them that are more useful than the others: onion, garlic, sunchoke, artichoke.

Despite the fact that not much is known about the connection of the endocannabinoid medicines, probiotics, and nutrition, it is one of the most researched topics nowadays.

It is clear that our diet influences the ECS greatly. As a conclusion, we can say that fermented foods, whole fruit and vegetables, and healthy fats balance the system and make us healthy.

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