Most Medical Schools Don’t Cover the Endocannabinoid System, They All Should
The endocannabinoid system is the second largest neurotransmitting system in the body, so why aren’t medical schools teaching it?
In 2013, Cardiologist Dr. David Allen did a preliminary survey to determine which schools teach the Endocannabinoid System (ECS) and found that only thirteen (13) percent of U.S. medical schools even mentioned it.
We’re talking about a neurotransmitter system that was discovered in the late 1980s, almost 40 years ago. We know that it is critical for homeostasis, yet few medical schools have agreed that there is even a need to educate medical students about it.
If a physician is unaware of the ECS, how will doctors ever understand how and why hemp and cannabis can treat migraines, seizure disorder, Crohn’s Disease, arthritis, and the myriad of other conditions it has been shown to treat?
Some major entities have gone out of their way to discourage the discussion of even the neuroanatomy and neurophysiology of the ECS.
Strangely, others have been active in efforts to falsely debunk the medical utility of cannabis and cannabinoids - even though the United States Department of Health and Human Services has a patent on the popular cannabinoid Cannabidiol (CBD).
Instead of opinions that shield corrupt financial gain, we need to allow proven science to dictate policy.
While we highly recommend that you consult with your physician before starting any type of CBD's and the like, you should also be prepared to offer educated thoughts on the subject with them.
At the end of the day, we are talking about your own health and wellness.