The Endocannabinoid System In Mental Health

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Hello Everyone,

Thank you for reading my weekly newsletter!  I hope you've been having a great week and are enjoying the cooler weather.  

Lately, I've been reflecting on our natural cannabinoid system (endogenous cannabinoid system), as I work with patients who are dependent on marijuana (MJ) and antipsychotic medications.  

I will share how my insights have led me to integrate an innovative approach to hopefully help them withdraw from MJ and antipsychotics more effectively.

Enjoy and have a great week!  😄

Lately, I've been working with two wonderful men in my practice.  One man is withdrawing from MJ and the other from antipsychotics. 

What is interesting about the second man is that he had also smoked heavily in his 20's and became paranoid from its use. 

The first man, who was trying to quit smoking MJ altogether, was getting stuck at just smoking "on weekends."  He had been smoking several times per day, every day, for years, so this was a great improvement. However, he just wasn't able to stop smoking despite the fact that he didn't have depression, anxiety, or cognitive issues with attention or memory anymore.  I felt that there must be a residual unresolved problem that was getting in his way of stopping completely. 

The second man was also running into some difficulty withdrawing from his antipsychotic.  While the first man was using CBD oil to help lower his use of MJ, the second man could not benefit from it. Despite making great progress initially, he needed to increase his antipsychotic medication to lessen some withdrawal symptoms.  He was also stuck at a place where he couldn't reduce his medication further.

One day, I had an idea of using Logosynthesis combined with Energy Breaths to help the first man by using the phrase "all the manifestations of a weakened and undermined natural cannabinoid system."  We did two rounds of it.  After the second round, we did some Energy Breaths, and we set an intention to apply the benefits of this Logosynthesis over the course of his life, based on what is appropriate and helpful for him.  

The patient noticed that he felt immediately better after the intervention, and muscle testing showed a significant shift from a weak hold to a strong hold when he tapped into all of the energies associated with his natural cannabinoid system.  

Since the second man had also been exposed to intense and constant levels of MJ for a period in his life, I wondered if this same approach would help him.

The natural endocannabinoid system has antipsychotic benefits. Exposure to MJ may interfere with and undermine the natural cannabinoid system, just as any psychotropic medication may undermine the neurotransmitter system of the body that it mimics.

I muscle tested the function of the second patient's cannabinoid system, setting a scale from 0 to 200, with 100 being optimum, 0 being without any cannabinoid function, and 200 being excessively elevated cannabinoid function.  The scale included the cannabinoid system's ability to help the patient during withdrawal.  His value before Logosynthesis was 5/200.  After two rounds of Logosynthesis, his value went up to 100/200.  I also asked him to do Logosynthesis every day for his problem with the cannabinoid system for the next two weeks. 

The idea of using energy medicine to shift physiology is based on the principle that energy medicine governs the information that drives the physical system.  By changing the information for the system, the system shifts to a different "program."

My concern for the second patient is not knowing how strongly his physiology will shift.  If he shifts too fast and too much, he may experience a significant problem with sedation, since he is still taking a medically therapeutic dose of antipsychotics.  So, I told him of the risks, and we are watching and waiting.  

Here's a presentation on CBD and the brain by Michael Lewis, MD, MPH, MBA, FACPM, FACN.