What is the endocannabinoid system?
The endocannabinoid system (ECS) is involved in nearly every one of the body’s natural processes.
The endocannabinoid system has been recently recognized as an important modulatory system in the function of the body.
Having an efficient ECS is necessary for retaining optimal health. A healthy ECS helps maintain homeostasis in the physiological processes throughout the entire body.
The ECS is fuelled by endocannabinoids, which activate the CB1 and CB2 receptors.
The endocannabinoid system is was only discovered in the 90s!
Therefore, it is surprising that many people do not intake enough cannabinoids to fuel their body’s ECS.
CBD naturally activates the cannabinoid receptors throughout the entire body.
CBD is a phytocannabinoid (a cannabinoid produced by the hemp plant), which can boost a deficient system by activating the cannabinoid receptors, which help replenish a system that lacks the necessary cannabinoids. This way, the endocannabinoid system can calm and regulate activity throughout the brain and body.
CBD will assist in modulating and regulating natural physiological reactions, delivering homeostasis and balance to mind and the body.
These cannabinoid receptors can be found in our adrenal glands, adipose tissue, heart, liver, lungs, prostate, uterus, ovaries, testes, thymus, tonsils, brain, bones, GI system, and within the immune cells of our central nervous system. Believe it or not, human beings have more cannabinoid receptors than any other class of receptors! These receptors determine the body’s response to pain sensation, inflammation, allergic responses, sleep cycles, and much more.
We have outlined here the CBD impact on the endocannabinoid system. To fully understand the rich spectrum of cannabidiol’s beneficial effects, we will need to go beyond the endocannabinoid system and look at the effect of CBD on other systems, which we will explore in other articles on this website.