How to Boost Your Endocannabinoid System (ECS) Without Cannabis?

Our Endocannabinoid System can create its own cannabinoid, like those was found in cannabis. Research has shown the ECS is related to a broad range of physical and psychological wellness such as appetite, digestion, inflammation, and more.

Don't want to take any CBD products? Below are few ways that can stimulate your Endocannabinoid System Naturally:

Cold Exposure

Research has shown that cold exposure can increase the density of the CB1 receptor (receptors help to bind with cannabinoids and trigger the endocannabinoid system to start reactions).

Start with taking a 30-second cold shower and increase the time slowly. It will not only boost your ECS but also showed that taking cold exposure can stimulate the vagus nerve that has a huge impact on your mental health.


Research has shown that the psychoactive effect of caffeine can also help to increase the density of the CB1 receptor.

As caffeine can interrupt your sleep cycle, we suggest taking one cup of coffee in the morning and make sure not to exceed 400mg of caffeine per day as 400 mg is a safe amount for most healthy adults.


Tea has caffeine, and the catechins inside tea are antioxidant compounds that bind with cannabinoid receptors in the central nervous system. Research showed that the catechins target and bind with receptors. Green tea, particularly, is a good endocannabinoid supporter.

Fruits & Vegetables with Flavonoids

Flavonoids are compounds founds in almost all fruit and vegetable, the more colorful the food is, the more flavonoids it has. Chocolate, tea, wine, some seeds, etc also has flavonoids.

Try to eat the fruits and vegetables in their raw forms, when you cooked them, they have fewer flavonoids.

Extra Virgin Olive Oil

Olive oil upregulate the CB1 receptor as well. It also has numerous health benefits such as anti-inflammatory, improves blood cholesterol levels, slows the natural aging process, etc. Simply add one teaspoon of extra virgin olive oil to your food to boost your ECS.

Probiotics - Lactobacillus Acidophilus

Research suggested that lactobacillus acidophilus(L. acidophilus), a specific probiotic species, can increase the density of the CB2 receptors. L. acidophilus has several benefits such as reduce anxiety, improve heart health, and yeast infection, etc.

Many styles of yogurt contain L. acidophilus, from regular to frozen to Greek yogurt. To find out what yogurt has L. acidophilus, check out their ingredient label.

Stress-Reducing Activities

Chronic stress can deplete Endocannabinoid System. Medium and high-intensity exercise has been shown to keep the ECS well-tuned. Exercise also upregulates CB1 receptors, protects us against stress, and improves our memory.

Below are a few stress-reducing activities we suggested:

  • Yoga

  • Meditation

  • Weight Lifting

  • HIIT

  • Walk or Run

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