You may have heard the words “Endocannabinoid System” mentioned a lot in the world of CBD, and there is a good reason. But what is an endocannabinoid system (ECS) and why are we hearing about it so much? Should you care to know more? Without a doubt.
The ECS is a hugely complex cell-signaling matrix within the body of every human being and most of the world’s animal species. The ECS was identified in the early 1990’s by researchers exploring THC, a well-known psychoactive cannabinoid, found in the cannabis plant. Cannabinoids are compounds found in cannabis. More recently, a host of scientific studies have begun to show how CBD (a cannabis-derived cannabinoid) works hand in hand with your ECS. The results and benefits of the findings from these studies are now being put into practice all across the globe.
The Endocannabinoid exists inside all of us and it is very important to note that it is very much active in your body and plays a huge variation of vital roles, even if you don’t use cannabis derived products.
Experts are still trying to fully understand the ECS. But so far, we know it plays a vital role in regulating a range of functions and processes, including:
- Appetite and digestion
- Chronic pain
- Inflammation and other Immune System responses
- Memory and learning capability
- Motor control
- Cardiovascular system
- Muscle gain and formation
- Bone rendering and growth
- Liver functionality
- Reproductive system
- Stress & Anxiety
- Skin and Nerves
HOW DOES YOUR ECS WORK?
The ECS exists in your body using three linked components: Endocannabinoids, Receptors, and Enzymes.
Endocannabinoids, also called endogenous cannabinoids, are molecules made by your body. They’re similar to cannabinoids derived from cannabis itself, but they’re produced internally by your body.
Experts have identified two key endocannabinoids so far:
- Anandamide (AEA)
- 2-Arachidonoylglyerol (2-AG)
These help keep internal functions running smoothly. Your body produces them as needed, making it difficult to know with your body dictating what levels are required.
ECS receptors are found throughout your entire body. Endocannabinoids bind to them in order to signal that the ECS needs to take action.
There are two main endocannabinoid receptors:
- CB1 receptors – Commonly found in the central nervous system.
- CB2 receptors – Found in your peripheral nervous system, especially immune cells
Endocannabinoids have the ability to bind to either CB1 or CB2 receptors, resulting in varying effects depending on where the targeted receptor is located and which type of endocannabinoid it binds to. For example, endocannabinoids might target CB1 receptors in a spinal nerve to relieve pain. Others might bind to a CB2 receptor in your immune cells to signal that your body’s experiencing inflammation, a common symptom of physical trauma and autoimmune disorders.
Finally, enzymes break down endocannabinoids once they’ve carried out their desired function.
There are two main enzymes responsible for this – Fatty acid Amide Hydrolase, which breaks down the AEA endocannabinoid. Monoacylglycerol acid Lipase, typically breaks down the 2-AG endocannabinoid.
This is the complete cycle of how your ECS functions inside your body with its self-produced Endocannabinoids… Now how does CBD play its part with your ECS and why is it being given so much media attention?
The ECS is very complicated, scientists and experts haven’t yet fully determined exactly how it fully works or completely defined all of its many functions. Research papers are appearing daily, all reinforcing the importance of our Endocannabinoid system in our daily lives.
These functions all contribute to a term known as homeostasis, which translates to “stability of your internal environment”. For example, if an external element, such as physical pain from an injury or a virus throws off your body’s homeostasis, your ECS kicks in and gets involved in helping your body return to its ideal operation.
THE ROLE OF CBD IN YOUR ENDOCANNABINOID SYSTEM
CBD is a major cannabinoid found in the cannabis plant, delivered in the form of an isolation or extraction process. Unlike THC, CBD doesn’t make you “high” and there is no evidence of major negative effects.
Experts believe that CBD interacts with your ECS, binding to CB1 or CB2 receptors/ in a unique way. It is believed to prevent your body’s existing endocannabinoids from being broken down, allowing them to have more of an effect on your body. This is ultimately how as a consumer, you constantly hear about all of the benefits of CBD in so many aspects of general wellness. It is that unique relationship between CBD and your own existing endocannabinoids which targets so many of the body’s vital daily functions.
The ECS plays a big role in keeping your internal processes stable and as experts develop an even greater understanding of the ECS, it could lead to even further hope in the advanced medical treatment of many health conditions. What we do know for know, is that CBD is a safe and natural compound which can help optimise your endocannabinoid system and promote the healthy lifestyle you surely want.
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