We've been doing a lot of research on the Endocannabinoid System and have learned some pretty interesting things.
The biggest concern we had, like all the concerns that get us reading, is why is this system failing and what is causing this system to dis-regulate or go offline. What we’ve seen is how completely similar magnesium deficiency and Endocannabinoid deficiency are.
First, a little background on what The Endocannabinoid System is. We were taught in school that there are 11 major organ systems in the human body. They include the circulatory, respiratory, urinary, reproductive, integumentary, skeletal, muscular, nervous, endocrine, lymphatic, and digestive systems. All these systems make up the human body. But they discovered this 12th system about 25 years ago.
It has been around for millions of years so it isn't a "new" system., we just weren't aware that it existed. Both humans and animals and have an endocannabinoid system. It’s also been working pretty good for the past million years or so. However, recently it is having problems and many people are experiencing mild to severe health problems as a result.
“Endo” means endogenous which means it’s produced naturally within our body and our bodies have been producing cannabinoids perfectly up until the past 25 years or so and most recently it seems to be getting worse and a lot of attention too. What we find extremely interesting is that the exact same symptoms of cannabinoid deficiency look a lot like a magnesium deficiency. And the results people experience from using medical marijuana or CBD and THC are exactly the same as when they use magnesium. We find this incredibly interesting which caused us to dig deeper and look for more answers.
What runs the endocannabinoid system? Enzymes. What is a co-factor in 42% of your enzymes? Magnesium! Enzymes run your body. You have 9000 enzymes and magnesium is a necessary co-factor in 3751 of those enzymes. Do you think there is a connection? We do! And we like to get to before the why and not just apply a bandaid. We also believe there is a connection between glyphosate, magnesium deficiency, Retinol metabolism, and retinol deficiency, copper and iron metabolism, with emphasis on copper deficiency and iron overload, and heavy supplementation of synthetic vitamin D and the Endocannabinoid System basically causing it to malfunction. This is where we are at right now. The body never works in isolation. Every nutrient works in balance with other nutrients. Man bypasses Mother Nature and isolates these nutrients thinking it a push-pull or high-low game, and it isn't, which causes unintended consequences upstream.
This brings me to another interesting point; most of the receptors for the endocannabinoid system are found in the nervous system. Magnesium works to preserve the health of the nervous system. Magnesium relaxes and calms the nervous system. Think of all the jobs the nervous system must perform. Every activity of life, from the respiration of a single cell to a gross motor function such as piloting an aircraft, is controlled by the nerves.
How is it possible for any of our systems to run on something that isn't there or nothing? Including the endocannabinoid system? And this is where we have left off and remain with many unanswered questions.
What we are finding though is that many of our customers ditch their CBD oils or creams and just use the Vital Vortex Cream or Supernova Body Butter. It is less expensive and not only do they achieve similar, if not better results, but they are also actually increasing their magnesium levels at the same time. They in effect supporting their bodies ability to make their own endocannabinoids.
When you increase your magnesium levels, you will notice that all the pain and inflammation in the body decreases or ceases because magnesium is an analgesic, but more importantly, it is our body's built-in pain management amongst other things. Magnesium puts out the fires of pain and inflammation. The more you elevate your magnesium levels the less you will need the creams and lotions -- more for maintenance.
How do you know where your magnesium levels are at? Well, magnesium isn't tested on a common chem screen with calcium, potassium, and sodium. Only 1% of the total body magnesium is in the blood, and therefore the common chem screen is not an accurate measure of magnesium in the whole body. So, a better test is the RBC (red blood cell count) magnesium test. You will have to request it from your doctor. They rarely request this test unless they are knowledgeable about magnesium and most aren't.
You should test your magnesium yearly and especially during times of high stress or just really double up on your magnesium program when you are stressed because during acute stress you burn up magnesium and during chronic stress you not only are burning through magnesium, but all of your B vitamins, and bio Available copper and Retinol (Vitamin A) along with many other life supporting nutrients.
The lab normals for magnesium levels are set between 4.2 to 6.8 mg/dl, but these are too low. You really want to be up around 6.5+ to have optimal magnesium levels and be pain-free.
If you are supplementing with calcium, that will also drive your magnesium levels down. We are getting a lot of calcium through food fortification already. Remember calcium makes you rigid and uptight. It causes muscles to spasm, contract and cramp. Magnesium regulates calcium. Magnesium relaxes your nervous system, musculoskeletal system, and digestive system.
So, we recommend using both. Magnesium is only going to enhance the receptors and the benefits of your cannabinoid creams and use and it will also SUPPORT your endocannabinoid system. ALL 12 of your systems run on nutrients. So, really focus on elevating your magnesium levels and eating a high nutrient diet. Currently, there are no pharmaceutical companies able to benefit from magnesium so there is very little hype around this essential nutrient.
A side note; smoking pot, drugs, smoking, alcohol, and caffeine all cause your body to dump magnesium. Follow us on Facebook @MOONMAGBEAUTY where we post research articles and papers on all these amazing findings!
The MoonMag Team