We recently explored a possible lead to some migraine headaches and how deficiencies in the Endocannabinoid System (ECS) can be responsible for them. The brainstem both triggers and responds to migraine, which is how the gut’s nervous system becomes connected not only as an effect in the form of nausea but a cause as well.
Occasionally, migraineurs experience a stiff neck before an attack. An acute level of inflammatory agents released around the brain stem by degraded endocannabinoids can easily result in tense neck muscles. ECS degradation can be caused by many external stresses, with the brain stem as a focal point for several sectors of the nervous system. Signals fired through nerves will generally become overactive once those regulating endocannabinoids are lost.
Degraded guardians of the nerves
Endocannabinoids act like guardians of the immune and nervous systems. Transmitters like calcium and glutamate are sent out like children to do chores but can be distracted or even hyperactive at times, especially when the adults (anandamide and 2-AG) are sick and do not have the ability to properly maintain the kid’s energy. Overactive nerves can in turn exhaust the endocannabinoids, leading to unregulated behavior in other connected regions.