Recorded Symposium Session: The Care and Feeding of the Endocannabinoid System: Cannabis and Beyond
The discovery of the endocannabinoid system (ECS) in 1992 elucidated the mechanism by which cannabis affects the human body and uncovered a system that may play a critical role in conditions that, to date, have been considered idiopathic. An emerging body of literature details the role of “ECS deficiency syndrome” in migraine, fibromyalgia, irritable bowel syndrome, psychological disorders, and other conditions.
Investigations into how to modulate the ECS with and without cannabis for improved health are being conducted around the world in growing numbers. The evidence shows that the ECS can be upregulated through pharmaceuticals, botanicals, lifestyle modification, and physical manipulation. In this session, attendees will become familiar with the structure of the ECS, how to identify ECS deficiency syndrome, and the clinical interventions for upregulation they can employ in practice.
After attending this session, nutrition professionals should be able to:
- Identify two receptors and two ligands of the endocannabinoid system (ECS).
- Discuss the role of the endocannabinoid system in the etiology of migraine, fibromyalgia, irritable bowel syndrome and other conditions.
- List three classes of pharmaceuticals and 3 clinical complementary/alternative interventions that research has shown may upregulate the endocannabinoid system.
Janice Newell Bissex, MS, RDN, FAND, is a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist, cookbook author, and Holistic Cannabis Practitioner. After her dad found relief from his pain using medical cannabis it became Janice’s mission to help others suffering from chronic pain, anxiety, insomnia, autoimmune diseases, IBD/IBS, and other debilitating conditions find relief with cannabis/CBD. She completed training at the Holistic Cannabis Academy, and now advises clients on access, proper cannabinoid ratios, dosing, best consumption methods, and cooking with cannabis at Jannabis Wellness. She partnered with a Colorado manufacturer of organically-grown medicinal grade hemp to provide phytocannabinoid-rich hemp/CBD products for her clients under her Jannabis Wellness label.
Janice spent much of her career creating recipes and educating families about healthy cooking and eating at Meal Makeover Moms and Janice Cooks. A 2015 recipient of the Media Excellence Award from the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, Janice has authored five books, including “Color and Eat the Alphabet: Healthy Eating from A to Z,” an educational coloring book for kids of all ages.
Janice is past president of the Massachusetts Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics and past chair of the Food & Culinary Professionals practice group of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. A mom of two grown daughters, Janice lives outside of Boston with her husband and miniature dachshund, Ella. She enjoys kayaking, hiking, travel, yoga, and cooking, and hosting events in her recently renovated kitchen.
The presenter reports the following relevant disclosures: She is on the Editorial Board and Contributor to CRx Magazine (Great Valley Publishing) and is the owner, Jannabis Wellness and Jannabis Wellness (hemp CBD products). She has certified that no conflict of interest exists for this program. View our disclosure policy.
Bonnie Johnson, MS, RDN, is a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist, educator and speaker with more than 25 years of experience in the food industry. In the past five years, she has dedicated herself to understanding cannabis as medicine by completing course work to be a holistic cannabis practitioner and spending hours reading the emerging science behind the relationship between the endocannabinoid system and health.
In conjunction with Great Valley Publishing, she is developing a comprehensive, interactive distance learning course for health care professionals to learn about cannabis and health and become confident incorporating cannabis into their practices.
Bonnie is a past-chair of the Food & Culinary Professionals practice group of the Academy of Nutrition & Dietetics. She is a member of Research Dietetics, Dietitians in Functional Medicine, Pediatric Nutrition and the Food & Culinary Professionals practice group.
The presenter reports the following relevant disclosure: She is on the Editorial Board and Contributor to CRx Magazine (Great Valley Publishing). She has certified that no conflict of interest exists for this program. View our disclosure policy.
- 1.00 CDR