The Enbdocannabinoid System: What It Is, What It Does, And Why It’s Important.
When people hear about all of the health conditions that CBD may help with and all of the incredible benefits, many find it hard to believe.
Can it really have so many incredible properties without dangerous side effects?
The answer came when researchers discovered a system of physiology called the endocannabanoid system.
Understanding the endocannabannoid system (ECS)
The human body is is comprised of many complex systems. Cardiovascular, skeletal, respiratory, the enodcannabinoid system (ECS) and so on…
Each system is infinitely complex and they all work together in a delicate dance to create a healthy, harmonious, and balanced system so we can thrive.
The enodcannabinoid system is active in everyone from the day you are born and utilizes three main components.
The 3 main components of the ECS include:
The human body naturally produces endocannabinoids and all of our cells have cannabinoid receptors, the most studied of them called CB1 and CB2. Although both CB1 & CB2 receptors are found in the central nervous system, CB1 receptors are found predominantly in the brain and the nervous system and CB2 receptors are more abundant in places like the immune system.
The ‘master’ regulator
There is an abundance of cannibioid receptors present in the cells of the human body as well as many other species of animals and the endocannabannoid system is perhaps the most important internal system involved in establishing and maintaining human health.
It functions like a ‘master’ regulator that regulates key aspects of biology, one of them called ‘homeostasis’. Homeostasis is essentially balance, the normal range for bodily functions such as body temperature.
How does it work?
As mentioned, our bodies have an abundance of cannabinoid receptors. Endocannabinoids are molecules naturally produced by the body and they activate those receptors on the cell surface. Your body is making cannabinoids all the time and knows when to make them and how to make them to keep you healthy.
The metabolic enzymes make sure endocannabinoids are used as they are produced and destroy them once they are used, so they don’t get stored like other molecules such as fat.
These three components are abundant in nearly all major systems in the human body, and due to the abundance of cannabinoids receptors present in our cells, the endocannabannoid system is perhaps the most important internal system involved in establishing and maintaining human health.
The ECS essentially functions like a ‘master’ regulator, regulating key aspects of human biology - one of the most important being inflammation.
Inflammation is a normal response by the body to eliminate invaders and heal damaged tissue. However, in today’s society chronic inflammation is creating health problems for millions of people.
Chronic inflammation is linked to stress. Stress from our environment, stress from our work, stress from our food, lack of sleep, and sedentary lifestyles, etc.
CBD is proving to be an incredibly potent and effective anti-inflammatory powerhouse that doesn’t have the dangerous side effects associated with prescription drugs.
Cannabinoid & Endocannabinoid Research
Since 1997 more than 21,000 research papers have been published referencing the term ‘cannabinoids’. That equates to nearly three new research papers per day for the past 22 years, so to say there is a lot of research on the subject would be an understatement.
Today much of the research is focused on how cannabinoids can be used to treat anxiety and depression.
If you’d like to learn more you can find a list of clinical research studies by condition in alphabetical order.Click here to learn more.
A natural way of healing.
For more than 5,000 years cannabis and hemp were the main sources of medicine used by cultures around the world. This was long before cannabis and hemp was demonized and outlawed in 1937.
But with laws being relaxed at the state level across the country, more funding is being diverted to more research than ever before.
Until the past few years there was no way to separate the psychoactive from non-psychoactive compounds in hemp or cannabis, but now there is.
And that’s why it’s possible to get all the health benefits of CBD without the high associated with THC.
To learn more about CBD oil and its benefits click here