Dr. Greg Gerdeman, PhD, is a pioneer in researching the endocannabinoid system's physiology. In this episode, he describes cannabinoids as the 'first responders' of herbal medicine. Greg researched the ECS for over 20 years, and talks about cannabis as a gateway to understanding the roots of our biological evolution and how we can learn to change our health's narrative with this knowledge. He clears up over-simplifications of the ECS, which he sees as a complex conductor of a ‘symphony of biological interaction.’ Common misinformation is spread unwittingly through popular demand for sound-byte explanations.
As a Ph.D. student, he discovered that endocannabinoids act as "retrograde messengers" to regulate synaptic plasticity in the brain, findings that have become foundational to a modern understanding of the ECS and the neuroprotective actions of cannabinoids. He later co-directed research on exercise-mediated endocannabinoid signaling, revealing new insights into the "runner's high" and its evolutionary roles in exercise's neurological benefits.
As a college professor, his lab focused on the ancient evolutionary origins of cannabinoid receptors. Upon co-founding a medical cannabis company in Florida, he directed scientific activities at every level of the supply chain, ranging from integrative pest management to product development to physician education. He is Chief Scientific Officer of UCANN and a voluntary Assistant Professor at the USF College of Pharmacy.
"The endocannabinoid system has liberated cannabis from the drug abuse paradigm into the wellness paradigm. "
Cannabis Voices Cannabis Voices, May 2020 Greg Gerdeman ECS
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