CBD is a natural extract from hemp plants. It is completely legal, safe, and non-intoxicating meaning it will not get you ‘high.’ CBD works by interacting with your body’s Endocannabinoid system (ECS). Continue reading to find out everything you need to know about the ECS and its vital role in the body.
What is the Endocannabinoid system?
The existence of the ECS was first proved when Lumir Hanus a Czech analytical chemist working in Israel uncovered the first known endocannabinoids in the human brain back in 1992; Anandamide (AEA) and the Arachidonoyl glycerol (2-AG). What he didn’t realize was that this would be one of the most important discoveries contributing to the science of Cannabinoids.
The Endocannabinoid System (ECS) is a biological system like many others in your body such as your immune or cardiovascular system. Your body's ECS is a complex cell-signalling system consisting of Endocannabinoids, Cannabinoid Receptors and Enzymes. Endocannabinoids interact via signalling with cannabinoid receptors throughout the body, from the skin to the brain, also known as CB1 and CB2.
What does the Endocannabinoid system do?
The ECS helps your body maintain hormone balance and is responsible for regulating and balancing many processes in the body, including, immune response, communication between cells, appetite, mood, reproduction, metabolism, and memory. The ECS is often referred to as the body's ‘universal regulator ‘for its role in maintaining balance throughout all these internal systems. When a problem arises, such as pain or mood issues, the endocannabinoids bind with the endocannabinoid receptors to signal the body's specific areas to regulate the issue.
How does CBD interact with the Endocannabinoid system?
CBD is one of 120 cannabinoids that are found in cannabis and hemp plants. When you take products containing cannabinoids like CBD, they mimic the natural endocannabinoids produced in the body,
AEA and AG-2. This is why CBD undertakes such a huge role in regulating your personal emotional, psychological, and physical balance and why there are many health claims relating to CBD as it directly connects with multiple receptors around your body.
THC is another of the cannabinoids found in cannabis plants and is responsible for making you feel ‘high’ when smoking cannabis. THC also interacts with your endocannabinoid system but does so differently to CBD. When you consume CBD, it restricts the amount of THC that can bind onto your CB receptors. This means if you were smoking pot or products containing THC, the CBD products would actually make you less high!
What is Endocannabinoid system deficiency?
In the same way that CBD is a natural element from plants, the ECS is a natural element in our bodies and one which all mammals have. ECS deficiency syndrome, is a compelling scientific theory that when the endocannabinoid level in the body is low, problems arise such as Migraines, Irritable Bowel Syndrome and Fibromyalgia. The list goes on with these being just some of the potential ailments and includes many of the conditions that researchers use cannabinoid therapy including CBD to treat.
Cannabinoids – final thoughts
Whilst science has much to learn about this complex and amazing system found in the human body and how plant compounds like cannabinoids interact with it. What researchers are sure of is the functions of the system and the benefits of CBD interacting with it. Adding CBD to your daily routine is the perfect way to promote healthy endocannabinoid system activation. Your journey to feeling both mentally and physically better can start now.
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