The Endocannabinoid System, Cannabis & Cannabinoids: Impact on Women’s Health
The legalization of marijuana across the United States, Canada, and around the globe have exposed both practitioners and consumers alike to the healing power of the cannabis plant. Cannabis refers to both marijuana and hemp. Marijuana contains > 0.3% THC—the cannabinoid that has psychedelic properties—while hemp contains < 0.3% THC.
Though THC, or tetrahydrocannabinol, has historically been the most well-known component of the cannabis plant, CBD has usurped THC as the most talked-about cannabinoid—and, for good reason. CBD, or cannabidiol, is the cannabinoid in the cannabis plant that is currently known to confer the primary medicinal benefit. Unlike THC, CBD does not have psychedelic properties, meaning the use of CBD does not result in the person getting “high.”
As a healing plant, both medical marijuana and hemp-derived CBD are poised to be primary players in the toolbox of dietitians/nutritionists and other healthcare practitioners despite the barriers to research because of the Schedule 1 status of marijuana, and until recently, the U.S. Farm Bill.
In addition to cannabinoids, the cannabis plant contains terpenoids and a number of other naturally-occurring bioactive compounds, which interact synergistically to create an “entourage effect.” Coined by the neurologist and cannabis researcher Ethan Russo, the entourage effect can be theoretically applied to all plants—meaning that plants contain multiple compounds that work together to impart a benefit at the cellular level. By looking at cannabis as a whole plant, it is possible to recognize how its multitude of cannabinoids and terpenoids work together to confer health benefits via the endocannabinoid system (ECS).
Because the endocannabinoid system interacts with nearly every system in the body, the health and wellness of women throughout the lifecycle can be intimately impacted by both endocannabinoids and phytocannabinoids contained in the cannabis plant.
Common health issues such as anxiety and insomnia plus health diagnoses including PMS, endometriosis, infertility, migraine, menopause, osteoporosis, and Alzheimer’s can be impacted by the body’s ECS and cannabis. This presentation will help practitioners better understand the potential use of cannabis in clinical practice, the endocannabinoid system, and how this applies to women’s health.
In this 90-minute webinar, taught by a registered dietitian and cannabis expert, Laura Lagano, MS, RDN, CDN, you’ll learn:
- The basics of the endocannabinoid system (ECS) and the allosteric mechanism by which CBD works in the body.
- The key ways in which the ECS, endocannabinoids, and phytocannabinoids interact intimately with women’s reproductive systems.
- Conditions where cannabis may confer benefits for women specifically.
- How nutrition interacts with cannabinoids and the ECS for health and wellness.
- The number of ways in which cannabis and its cannabinoids are part of the healthcare practitioner’s toolbox.
A downloadable handout of this presentation’s slides are not available however, Laura mentions a number of cannabis/CBD educational resources she has available within her presentation.
Disclosure: The Women’s Health Nutrition Academy has no financial and/or any other ties to any CBD, cannabis, or other supplement brands that may be mentioned in, or in connection with this presentation. The information presented is intended for educational purposes for healthcare practitioners. Additionally, we have collaborated with the presenter to offer a special Deep Dive Cannabis Education Course that expands on the content in this presentation. The Women’s Health Nutrition Academy will receive an affiliate commission for any purchases of this course.
About the Presenter, Laura Lagano, MS, RDN, CDN:
Laura Lagano is an Integrative Clinical Nutritionist with a private practice, author of The CBD Oil Miracle, co-founder, and education director of Holistic Cannabis Academy. Laura’s journey to cannabis was led by her dissatisfaction with what conventional healthcare had to offer her daughter, Isabella, who has a developmental disability. Isabella is now working and on her way to independent living thanks to integrative healing approaches, including nutrition and hemp-derived CBD oil.
Lagano holds a Bachelor of Science in Dietetics from SUNY Oneonta and Master of Science in Nutrition Education from Teachers College, Columbia University, where she is currently a doctoral candidate in Nutrition & Health Education. She is both a Registered Dietitian/Nutritionist and Certified Dietitian/Nutritionist (New York State). She “upregulated” her nutrition knowledge with advanced training in clinical nutrition and biochemistry from the Institute of Functional Medicine, which enabled Laura to integrate her nutrition education skill set with functional medicine. Lagano provides integrative clinical nutrition services and cannabis/CBD coaching in her private practice, which focuses on gut, immune, adrenal, and brain health.
Always ahead of the curve, Laura offers deep-dive cannabis education for practitioners, dispensary workers, and patients, produces CBD-infused events, consults with cannabis-related companies, and serves on the advisory boards of both cannabis organizations. When not educating and consulting about nutrition, cannabis, and holistic healing, Laura can be found cooking for her family, exploring her hometown, and basking in her role as mother of three young adults and wife to a soccer-obsessed husband in Hoboken, NJ.